On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the community of Pacoima, in LA’s San Fernando Valley, hosted GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles 6th annual Solarthon. This vibrant community event brought together over 100 volunteers, sponsors, staff, homeowners, workforce trainees and community leaders to install no-cost solar systems for six families.
The six solar electric systems, totaling 23.26kW, will bring $250,307 in total savings for low-income families over the systems’ lifetimes, and prevent 513 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting 12,072 trees.
“Saving money on my electrical bill is a huge stress reliever – there are so many bills to pay but any money saved will help with basic necessities like food and medical coverage,” said Victoriana Camacho, a Pacoima homeowner who had solar installed on her roof today. “It’s such a blessing having someone knock on my door and tell me about this program. Simply by answering my call, it’s been possible to change my life and help make this world better.”
GRID GLA's Solarthon in Pacoima was featured on Telemundo's Saturday evening broadcast. Our Executive Director, Michael Kadish, was also interviewed on radio stations KNX and KPCC. To hear more, check out the KPCC interview here.
GRID GLA would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, community partners, sponsors (SunEdison, Wells Fargo, Verengo Solar, Johnson Controls, InSolar and Solar World) and equipment partners (SunEdison, SunPower, Wells Fargo, Enphase, IronRidge, SnapNrack, and goSolar).
And finally, we'd like to especially thank our community partners Pacoima Beautiful and MEND Poverty.
Because of your support, Solarthon was an inspiring success!