Greater Los Angeles
On Friday June 10th, GRID Alternatives completed its 1000th solar electric system installation for low-income families throughout the state of California. This milestone took place at the home of Ms. Celia Juarez as part of the Enterprise East Los Angeles Green Grant Program.
"Living in Japan, you see how everything they do is based on saving something, whether it's energy, water or other resources," said Norm Graham. "That's the life they live. Every other house in Japan had solar panels. I thought "why can't we have that here in America?"
GRID Alternatives installed a 3.6kW solar electric system for Javier and Martha Ayala with the help of Wells Fargo volunteers as part of the Greater Los Angeles Solarthon event at a new Habitat for Humanity development in Lynwood on November 5th, 2011.
On November 5th volunteers, sponsors, job trainees and GRID Alternatives staff from all over the state got together to successfully install 10 solar electric systems for 10 families in 1 day. Despite rain on Friday the skies opened up on Saturday for what turned out to be a warm and sunny afternoon. This provided the perfect backdrop for what was an overall wonderful community based event.
On Thursday October 25th GRID GLA embarked upon its 1st installation in Carson. This is significant because Carson is home to the GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles office. A 1 Kilowatt system was installed for the Rodriguez family. They were thrilled upon the completion of their new solar electric power system, and the volunteers were elated to be a part of the 1st installation in our home city.
Southern California Edison (SCE) & GRID Alternatives had been in talks to collaborate on a solar installation project. The fruits of the talks were recently realized when the two organizations joined together in Duarte, California.
Last week a group of wonderful employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City joined forces with GRID Alternatives to install a 1.9 kW-AC solar electric system for the Zendejas family in Watts, Los Angeles. The experience was rewarding not only for the Sony team but also for GRID staff and the Zendejas family.
Tom King had a decent job in produce distribution but he didnt wake up every day feeling passionate about going to work. So he began to look for something else to do.
This past summer GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles held our first annual Solarthon in Piru, California. It turned out to be an immensely rewarding experience for the homeowners, the sponsors, volunteers and GRID staff. In fact, the experience was so rewarding that, we felt the need to continue the story.