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Verengo Solar Joins Grid Alternative for Solar Project
Tuesday, May 8th 2012 3:45 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
One of the leading residential solar integrators in California, Verengo Solar, recently announced a partnership with GRID Alternatives. Low-income families in the state will receive solar electric systems through the program formed by the two companies.

The two companies celebrated the partnership on April 16 by installing a Verengo rooftop solar system on a low-income house in Lindsay, California. The two companies are increasing California solar installation, while giving residents a chance to experience solar energy and all of its benefits.

According to Tom Sweeney, Verengo's Northern California general manager, the first GRID Alternatives project was successfully installed,and was signed off on by the city inspector on the same day it was completed.

"Partnering with GRID Alternatives dovetails perfectly with Verengo's corporate commitment to do good and to do well," said Ken Button, president and Verengo co-founder. "By providing GRID Alternatives with the highest quality solar installation, Verengo is helping families in need reduce their electricity costs. At the same time, our employees get the opportunity to interact with and educate local communities about the value of solar."

Verengo will provide GRID Alternatives with residential solar power systems, allowing them to be given at a cost that is below the value of the system and the labor costs of installation.

All GRID sub-contracted projects moving forward will require Verengo to hire an eligible job trainee who will receive valuable hands-on experience while working a paid job with the company's installation team.

"We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Verengo Solar," said Tom Esqueda, GRID Alternatives Central Valley program director. "Verengo's support for GRID Alternatives' mission means thousands of dollars more in long-term savings for low-income families that need them most, and paid learning opportunities for green job seekers."

Verengo and GRID are not the only organizations working to boost solar installations and education in California. The William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita Valley will receive solar upgrades soon. The school district is planning to install a photovoltaic solar system that will produce between $18 million and $20 million in energy savings over the next 20 years, according to THE Journal. The school district plans to reduce its carbon emissions while educating students on the benefits of renewable energy sources.

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