GRID Alternatives Solar Installation

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Building Healthy Communities – GRID Alternatives Solar Installation in Central Long Beach:

 

On October 4, 2014, two very fortunate Long Beach families will receive the gift of a free solar energy system and lifetime access to clean, affordable power, as the result of a collaboration between two local non-profits, Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB) and GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles.

BHCLB Steering Committee member and President of Green Education Inc., Stella Ursua, spearheaded the initiative, along with the BHCLB Environmental Health Workgroup. Over thirty community volunteers will work together to install solar power on two homes in the Anaheim, Orange, Cherry, & Seventh Street (AOC7) Neighborhood.

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“BHCLB has been working tirelessly in underserved communities, helping to create policy around environmental health, neighborhood and school issues like health and wellness policies, and addressing school climate issues,” said Ursua. “I thought it was perfect timing to collaborate with one of our partner organizations to bring renewable energy into communities that typically cannot afford solar systems for their homes. GRID Alternatives was the perfect partner for this initiative!”

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, provides needed energy savings for families and prepares workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, as well as helps clean up pollution burdened environments. Since 2007, GRID has helped over 730 low-income families go solar throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.

Joining BHC volunteers and GRID Alternatives construction staff/leadership on the solar install will be Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, and a field representative from Senator Ricardo Lara’s (33rd Senate District) office. “BHCLB and GRID are thrilled to have local leaders like Mayor Garcia, Vice Mayor Lowenthal and Senator Lara, supporting our efforts to create green, sustainable renewable energy powered communities, especially in those neighborhoods most impacted by pollution and GHG emissions,” said Ursua.

 

Background:

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, providing needed savings for families, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, and helping clean our environment.

More than 4400 families have benefited from the program to date, saving more than $110 million in lifetime electricity costs, and nearly 14,000 volunteers have received hands-on solar installation experience.

Here in Greater Los Angeles, more than 730 families have been served to-date, for a combined lifetime savings of over $15,000,000, and a reduction in greenhouse gas use equivalent to nearly 48,000 tons of carbon or taking 8,421 cars off the road for a year.