Our technical staff trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low income families, helping them save money and energy while educating the community.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The benefits of solar power are rarely enjoyed by the low-income households who need the savings the most. GRID Alternatives brings together a grassroots network of volunteers, as well as rebates, grants and low/no interest loans, to install solar for low-income families throughout California. “These projects bring together environmental and economic sustainability on a local level while helping folks gain hands-on experience with solar,” says GRID Alternatives co-founder Erica Mackie.
How will this project solve this problem?
Installing solar power for low-income families dramatically reduces their electricity bills. Mardina, a low-income senior, says “I knew about solar power but couldn’t afford it. Now on sunny days I can see my electric meter spinning backwards."
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will install solar electric systems for 10 homeowners and their families, allowing them to increase their financial independence and long term energy savings.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.