GRID Alternatives Brings Solar to Habitat for Humanity with Enphase

Sep 12, 2014

GRID Alternatives Brings Solar to Habitat for Humanity with Enphase

Enphase has always been a huge fan of nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives, with whom we’re continuing a strong, four-year partnership. And it is events such as the Bay Area Solarthon that make our admiration for them grow even stronger.

During last year’s Solarthon, a team of Enphase volunteers made their way out to Richmond, CA, to help eight low-income families make the solar switch. This year, another group of Enphase volunteers showed up in San Francisco’s Oceanview neighborhood ready to change lives once again.

San Francisco has been named for having one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, and the 28 new homes Habitat for Humanity is building in Oceanview represent a huge opportunity for families in need. Over the course of its development, GRID will install solar on each and every home.

Together with GRID’s other sponsors, Enphase helped add solar to eight of these homes in one day.

Enphase volunteers

Enphase microinverters were GRID’s inverter of choice for this event, and each home’s solar system is designed with Enphase technology and SunEdison modules.

Enphase on the roof

Enphase and GRID mascot

The Solarthon also featured two all-women solar installation teams as part of GRID Alternatives’ National Women in Solar Initiative. Enphase VP of Software Engineering Thao Tang represented the women of Enphase and had a great time meeting fellow executive women in solar and getting the chance to work hands-on with our technology.

VP Software Engineering Thao Tang

Women in Solar Build

Thanks to GRID and its partners, each of the home’s future families will save a projected $17,000 in energy expenses over the system’s lifespan. Overall, the eight systems will save a total of $135,000 and prevent 420 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to planting 10,000 trees!

The housing development, named Habitat Terrace, will be move-in ready in early 2016.

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