2013 Solarthon Announcement!

The sun shone bright today as GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) and Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley proudly announced their partnership to host Solarthon in the City of Temecula this coming November 2013. Solarthon is GRID IE’s largest annual community solar installation, block party, fundraiser, and highest profile signature event. Solarthon will bring together hundreds of local businesses, corporate sponsors, community organizations, job trainees, and individuals to install solar electric systems on the homes of seven hardworking Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley families while raising awareness for solar energy, healthy living, and  vital dollars to support the organizations’ work in the Inland Empire.

“We are very proud to join forces with our friend and neighbor Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley on this landmark event,” said Bambi Tran, GRID IE Regional Director. She added. “…GRID Alternatives believes in opportunities and brighter futures for families, local workers, and communities…what better place to demonstrate this than to  host our event than in Temecula, the ‘place of the sun’!”

Participants from throughout the region will be raising funds, rolling up their sleeves, putting on hardhats, and getting on roofs to help install seven solar electric systems in just one day. By day’s end, more than 17 kW of solar energy will be installed for Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley low-income homeowners.

Craig Evans, President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley, stated, “Through Solarthon our homeowners will receive solar electric systems at no cost to them, allowing them to save approximately 75% on their electricity bills annually. Many of these families are struggling to make ends meet in this difficult economy.  The extra hundreds of dollars in their pockets each year will truly be a blessing.”

 “We’re excited that Solarthon is coming to Temecula. We’ve been working with GRID Alternatives since last year and support their work in bringing solar to our families,” said Dale West, Associate Planner for the City of Temecula.

Carey Poindexter, Junior Ambassador for the American Lung Association, also in attendance, commented that the work of the organizations is “vital because not only is GRID Alternatives  helping families in need and local workers prepare for green collar jobs, but they are helping to improve the air in the Inland Empire with clean, solar energy.”