Solar electricity for 10 low-income families, USA

Sep 16, 2010

GRID Alternatives Solar Installations: Megawatt!!

GRID Alternatives has now installed over 500 solar systems for low income families and these projects represent over 1 Megawatt of generating capacity! These solar installations are saving California's most vulnerable residents 75% on their energy costs and will reduce almost 50 thousand tons of greenhouse gasses in the next 30 years. GRID has also provided over 5,000 volunteers and green job trainees with the critical hands on experience with solar installation in the field that they'll need in the growing solar marketplace.

GRID Alternatives' unique model demonstrates in a very immediate way the important role that solar renewable energy can play in our communities at both the micro and the macro levels. Alberto is a GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles client who lives with his disabled parents. Their medical conditions require them to maintain a level temperature in the home and they struggled to cover their energy costs, which were up to $180 a month. Now that they have gone solar through GRID Alternatives, they pay only up to $10 a month. Alberto says that not only have these energy savings allowed them to invest more in food and health care, which has become more important than ever after their Medicare benefits were cut, but notes that “We have become more conscious about our energy usage ever since the system was put on our home. I don’t know why we were not saving energy before but now I am a strong advocate for others to save energy.”

GRID Alternatives is helping to reduce the threat of global warming and to keep struggling homeowners in their homes, one solar panel at a time.


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Susie Chang

San Francisco, CA United States

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