Solar electricity for 10 low-income families, USA

by GRID Alternatives


Our technical staff trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low income families, helping them save money and energy while educating the community.
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The benefits of solar power are rarely enjoyed by the low-income households who need the savings the most. GRID Alternatives brings together a grassroots network of volunteers, as well as rebates, grants and low/no interest loans, to install solar for low-income families throughout California. “These projects bring together environmental and economic sustainability on a local level while helping folks gain hands-on experience with solar,” says GRID Alternatives co-founder Erica Mackie.


Installing solar power for low-income families dramatically reduces their electricity bills. Mardina, a low-income senior, says “I knew about solar power but couldn’t afford it. Now on sunny days I can see my electric meter spinning backwards."

Long-Term Impact

The project will install solar electric systems for 10 homeowners and their families, allowing them to increase their financial independence and long term energy savings.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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GRID Alternatives Spring 2008 Newsletter

Organization Information

GRID Alternatives

Location: Oakland, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
GRID Alternatives
Project Leader:
Susie Chang
San Francisco, CA United States

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