On May 29th, GRID Alternatives Colorado formally kicked off its Solar Affordable Housing Program by installing a solar electric system at no cost for a low-income family in Denver's Elyria Swansea neighborhood. Our first client, Grace Gautier, has owned her home for 26 years and has used her tax return dollars every year to do home improvements. She worked in the medical field, is now retired, lives on social security and has full custody of her two grandchildren.
The program is bringing clean, affordable solar power to Grace's home and low-income homeowners throughout Colorado while providing volunteers, veterans, students and job trainees with hands-on installation experience.
Army Captain Daniel Moore was one of the volunteers on Grace's roof that morning. He was a student at Ecotech Institute who volunteered with GRID during our launch project last fall. Danny sent us this note before he redeployed to Afghanistan on June 5th.
"I just wanted to write a quick note to say that I appreciate the opportunity GRID has given to me to help out. It's not often that I feel so fulfilled after a hard day's work, and other than my service in the military, rarely have I been so proud to be a part of something that is larger than myself. I will miss Grid and all the people I have met there while I'm gone on my next tour, but I can't wait to come back to get that Orange T-shirt and continue to contribute what I can. Who knows, maybe I'll even earn a blue one someday. Good luck in assisting those that need it find green alternatives, I'll see you when I get back."
Volunteers like Danny, philanthropic support, and partnerships with government, corporate, and community organizations will help GRID Alternatives Colorado to provide solar to 30 low-income families in 2013. By 2015 we hope to grow our statewide impact to more than 100 installations per year.
Colorado households interested in applying for a solar installation, and corporate and community volunteers who want to get involved may email Colorado@gridalternatives.org or call 303-968-1327.