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:
*Cover photo courtesy of GRID Alternatives