Bay Area News
GRID families support the Equitable Access to Solar bill - and share their stories why.
"Thank you, GRID Alternatives...for making our solar dream come true!"
On a sunny Saturday morning in February, employee volunteers from San Francisco-based solar financing and software company, Clean Power Finance, gathered at the home of a low-income family in Richmond. The volunteers came from a variety of different teams, ranging from brand new employees to a Senior Vice President. But all had come together on their day off to install a solar system through GRID Alternatives corporate sponsored workday program for a family who could never otherwise have afforded it.
This organization is a role model for how business can promote solar energy while equipping Californians with the skills they need to sustain this industry, said EPA Pacific Southwest regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in presenting the award.
As a single mom of three and a proud grandmother, Kareen Hunter believes strongly in family and in preserving the world for our children. That's why she went solar with GRID Alternatives.
The Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood has a long history of environmental degradation; it houses one third of San Franciscos hazardous waste sites and has four times more toxins than the rest of the city. GRID Alternatives has partnered with 93 low-income families in this neighborhood to install PV systems that combat asthma, chronic illness, and high mortality rates caused by air pollution.
GRIDs Bay Area office honored Veterans Day 2012 with a very special solar installation: a team of students from Laney Green Jobs, including several veterans, worked all weekend to complete a solar system on the home of a fellow veteran in Richmonds Iron Triangle. The system is expected to save Mr. Avila, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and now lives on a fixed income, over $22,500 in energy costs over the lifetime of the system.
Luke went from having relatively no solar experience to being a paid solar installer in three months. His pathway to employment was one of hard work, solar connections, and lots of GRID solar volunteer experience.
Last week, new GRID Alternatives staff and interns from across the state, the Bay Area construction team, and co-founders Ericka Mackie and Tim Sears installed solar panels on two low-income homes in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.
This August, graduates from the Solar Design, Estimation, and Sales class at Skyline College completed a solar installation with GRID Alternatives. After their extensive classroom course, the 21 Skyline students were excited to put their skills to use on the roof. With their help, GRID Alternatives installed a 4.2 kilowatt system for a low-income family in Richmond, helping them save almost $40,000 in energy cost savings over the lifetime of the system.