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We’re helping environmentally burdened communities across the country see a brighter, cleaner future for generations to come, like the families in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.

Generating clean power: Bayview-Hunter's Point

Like many low-income neighborhoods, the Bayview-Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco has a long history of environmental degradation: it houses one third of San Francisco's hazardous waste sites and was downwind from California's dirtiest peaker power plant until community activism forced its closure in 2010. One in six children there suffer from asthma, and the prevalence of chronic illness is four times the statewide average.

Since 2006, GRID Alternatives has partnered with the City of San Francisco to provide clean, renewable energy to 137 families in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhood that will offset 8,400 tons of C02 emissions. It does something else too: it creates solar advocates that help spread solar to more homes and more communities, a win-win for families and the environment.

Not only are we generating clean, renewable energy, we’re also teaching homeowners how to consume less of it and use resources more efficiently. Smarter energy consumption habits combined with a clean and sustainable energy source means a better future for all of us. See the impact of our work here.

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