The students worked on the solar panels as part of a spring break program run by GRID Alternatives, a national nonprofit that works to provide clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs to low-income communities and communities of color.
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Students will install solar panels for a two-day period for one family and spend the other days spreading awareness about renewable energy in the community.
Students from University of Michigan have participated in every Solar Spring Break and this year have three teams of students traveling to Los Angeles, San Diego and Nepal.
These new [Los Angeles] solar initiatives address a serious need in Sun Valley, where there are higher unemployment rates and lower than average incomes than other areas within the City of L.A.
Recipients of the $500,000 Wells Fargo grant include the Los Angeles Business Council Institute (LABCi) as the team lead, Pacoima Beautiful, GRID Alternatives, Trust for Public Land and L.A. Conservation Corps.
"Just go on Facebook and search for GRID, or you can go to Radio Justice's Facebook page and you will see a posting there for GRID."
In February, KPMG's Energy practice is partnering with Warner Bros and Foley Lardner to do a solar panel installation at the Downtown Women's Center through the local non-profit, GRID Alternatives.
"It's going to be the first bungalow-court project built in Los Angeles in 70 years," said project manager Jason Neville.
The city has been planning for years to renovate the Scattergood, Haynes, and Harbor facilities, which sit along the California coastline, because of a 2010 state law that requires power plants to stop using ocean water for cooling, according to Reuters. Instead, the city will close the facilities by 2029.
But whether the target is 2045 or 2050, getting there will involve planning.