For two straight days it was tool belts and ladders for Enphase employees as they scaled one hot rooftop in Sebastopol, CA. The quaint town just north of San Francisco is home to organic-enthusiasts, a vibrant art scene and an apple fair legendary for its pies and ciders. And for its residents, who eat clean and drive clean, the people of Sebastopol like their energy clean, too.
Three months ago Enphase teamed up with GRID Alternatives to install a new PV system for a family in Sebastopol. Now, Enphase and GRID have returned - this time to give their neighbors a solar upgrade. From inside the quiet family community, you can't miss the sight of shiny blue solar panels atop house after house. Thanks to GRID Alternatives, the Pacheco family has joined their nearly ten other neighbors who benefit from clean energy.
Over 16 Enphase volunteers worked with GRID supervisors to get the Pacheco's new PV system up and running. While the days are sometimes long and hot, and the next few days are followed by sore muscles and aches, Enphase loves getting to help bring solar to communities passionate about renewable power.
The Pacheco's 2.3kW system will produce a lifetime saving of $21,500, and will generate the amount of energy equivalent to taking 12 cars off the road for an entire year.
Since 2010, Enphase has partnered with GRID Alternatives to donate well over 1,500 volunteer labor hours as well as the Enphase System. Being part of the installation process allows Enphase employees to see first-hand how their day-to-day work benefits families like the Pacheco's all around the world.