Summer Successes: Four Gateway Cities Families Go Solar in a Day with SCE and Habitat for Humanity

This past summer, four families living in Montebello, CA had their energy use dramatically lowered with the installation of solar panels on their newly constructed Habitat for Humanity single-family homes. On Saturday July 21, 2018, GRID Alternatives was joined by two long-time partners, Southern California Edison and Habitat for Humanity--Los Angeles, to finish the installation of safe and clean energy at no cost to the homeowners and help reduce the family’s energy costs, freeing up money that the families can use for food, healthcare, and other needs they may have. Through the Saturday corporate workday, funded by Edison International, the Limon, Ramos, Duarte, and Jefferson families would see their energy expenses change forever.

The day began with team members from all three organizations meeting at a local park for breakfast, introductions, and safety briefings.  After introductions by all organizations, over 30 GRID employees, interns, and interns were joined by over 37 SCE volunteers to begin the solar system installation. This was a great opportunity for SCE and Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles to experience a solar panel install by GRID Alternatives, and to share in the joy with the families as this technology dramatically lowers their energy costs, and reduces their dependency on non-renewable energy resources. Not only were SCE volunteers there to witness the installation, but they actually assisted GRID employees and interns install the system on the roofs of the four family houses. This project could not have been possible without the generous funding through SCE that allows Veterans an opportunity to intern with GRID Alternatives to learn valuable solar industry skills and gain technologically advanced training in this field.

This hands-on involvement with partners such as SCE and Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles allows for more members of the community to explore alternative energy solutions while drastically lowering energy costs.

Check out a slew of fun pictures here.