GRID IE and Wells Fargo Brings Solar to Disabled San Bernardino Resident

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April 23, 2019
Homeowner Eduardo Zermeno with Construction Operations Manager Dan Glasow

Eduardo Zermeno has resided in San Bernardino for 27 years. Eduardo worked as a truck driver for many years and did various contract work including installing alarm systems until an injury forced him to go on long-term disability, which caused a financial burden. He is currently a Business Administration major at San Bernardino Valley College and plans to transfer to Cal State San Bernardino in the fall to study Applied Economics.

Eduardo learned about GRID Alternatives when he attended a resource fair at San Bernardino Valley College and stopped by GRID's booth. They informed him about GRID's Energy for All Solar program and he eagerly signed up. Unfortunately, he needed to be placed on a waitlist until funding became available in his area. It was well worth the wait. When he finally received the call congratulating him on being qualified he was ecstatic! Eduardo had no knowledge about solar prior to GRID and admittedly was a little skeptical at first. "GRID’s staff member Tracy was very patient and helpful. She walked me through the application process and I was surprised at how easy the process was," said Eduardo.

Eduardo, who takes care of his elderly parents, said the savings on his energy bill will have a huge impact on his family and will help with expenditures such as his moms medical bills. “The savings will be a big help to my family. My electricity bill has even reached over $600, largely due to excessive use of my air condition unit,” he said. GRID’s no cost solar program enables families such as Eduardo to see 50 to 75 percent reduction on their electric bills.

Wells Fargo is a major supporter of the work that GRID does through financial contributions as well as volunteering at installations such as the Zermeno family. Eduardo’s 4.160 kW DC solar system will provide over $30,000 in savings over the 20 year expected lifetime of his system, while preventing over 59 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to over 1,300 trees planted.

To find out if you qualify for GRID’s no cost solar program, visit gridsolar.org or call 951.465.2864.