Solar Spring Break

A group called GRID Alternatives is giving a public housing complex in Southeast D.C. an environmentally friendly facelift. It's all expected to cut residents' utility bills in half, while also reducing the carbon footprint. Instead of going to a tropical location for spring break, some University of North Carolina students have volunteered their time to work on this project.
About one dozen students from the University of North Carolina braved this past week's winter weather in Washington DC to help families in Southeast DC. They were part of a Solar Spring Break program which uses students and professionals to install solar panels in existing homes and housing complexes.

For many renters on limited incomes, access to solar - and it’s cost-saving benefits - is something they don’t expect to achieve anytime soon. Because renters don’t own the roofs over their heads, they’re usually unable to go solar on their own, even if they can afford the upfront costs. But as we place the final solar panels at the end of March, solar will be a reality for nearly 100 families in Richmond, CA.