For those living with a serious illness, powering life-saving medical devices should be the last thing anyone needs to worry about. However, for too many families, it presents yet another difficult hurdle. That’s why a foggy San Francisco morning looked so sunny to the Wade family, as GRID Alternatives set to work installing a brand new solar system on their roof.
Bob Wade settled down into San Francisco’s Bayview community in 1982 and has been a pastor for most of his life, counseling community members and working to make the neighborhood a thriving place for all residents.
Yet when his wife, Carolyn, became ill with cancer, and despite his own physical ailments, he was forced to shift his focus. "Taking care of her became my ministry," he shared. And solar? “A blessing.” Carolyn’s condition requires that medical machines be run for long periods at home, causing the senior couple’s electricity bills to skyrocket -- a huge burden on their already limited income.
In June 2017, the Wades welcomed a 14 panel, 4 kW solar system from GRID to their roof. These panels will power both their daily household energy usage, as well as Carolyn’s medical equipment, providing an estimated annual savings of over $1,300, or over $37,000 worth of clean energy over it’s lifetime.
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