In fact, just last month, GRID Alternatives celebrated a huge milestone: 10,000 low-income California families served with solar. So we thought now would be the perfect time to share a little more about GRID and our partnership.
What is GRID Alternatives?
GRID Alternatives is the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. They do great work across the United States handling solar installations and providing job training in low-income communities. They’re a stellar organization with an important mission — and we’re proud to say that we’ve renewed our partnership to help them power our nation’s low-income communities.
What does our partnership with GRID mean?
It means Enphase is donating the capacity for 4.3 megawatts of new solar — enough to serve about 1,150 families. It means offsetting $40 million in energy costs over the lifetimes of the systems, while preventing 82,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. It means low-income housing providers can redirect the money they’d need for infrastructure to instead provide more services for their residents. And it means we’re thrilled that Enphase is able to play a small role in making it all happen.
One of the most recent examples of how important this partnership has been is the Alegria Apartments in Los Angeles. The affordable housing development’s new 35kW solar system will open up $9,000 per year for affordable housing nonprofit Esperanza Community Housing to continue serving its residents. As Tim Sears, co-founder of GRID said: “As GRID's reach and impact have grown over the years, so has Enphase's support, helping more and more communities benefit from solar energy.”
Thanks to a great team here at Enphase and a great group over at GRID, we’re proud of the work that’s already been done, and excited for all the good work to come.
More about GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives provides solar to low-income communities at no cost to the recipients — and they do it on both big and small scales. They help individual homeowners who qualify as low-income to install residential solar on their single-family home, and they work with affordable housing developers to install residential solar systems on their multi-family developments.
They go beyond just providing solar installation services — they also provide hands-on job training for people in low-income communities. By partnering with local solar installation companies, they’re able to improve the sustainability of a community, in terms of both environment and economy.
Get Solar with GRID
If you live in or are part of a low-income community, see if you qualify for a GRID Alternatives installation.