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CEO Grant Helps Jump-Start Solar Program

Grid Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer, has recently expanded to Colorado.  Lead by teams of volunteers and job trainees, the organization installs solar electric systems exclusively for low-income homeowners, providing needed savings for low-income families, preparing workers for jobs in the solar industry, and reducing carbon emissions.

 

Grid Alternatives expanded from California to Colorado in early spring of 2013 with the help from a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office (CEO).  The grant will support the installation of solar electric systems for 10-14 low-income families in Denver and Jefferson County.

 

In addition to receiving solar panels on their homes, each family will receive energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades from Veterans Green Jobs, a CEO weatherization agency.  The solar PV systems offer a lifetime of over 30 years, with an estimated lifetime savings of $24,393 for each family served. In addition, each solar system offers a significant environmental impact to the community, resulting in the following savings over the estimated 30 year lifetime:

 

  • 149,006 kWh of electricity generated by the sun
  • 116 tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Equivalent of 21 cars taken off the road for one year
  • Equivalent of 2,722 Trees planted
 

*Cover photo courtesy of GRID Alternatives