One of the major reasons California is a leader in solar energy is its initiatives aimed at encouraging homeowners to install solar panels. Under the state's flagship program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), solar rebates are made available to qualified home and business owners looking to install solar.
GRID Alternatives, the California organization that installs solar energy systems atop affordable housing complexes primarily in northern California, is partnering with Sunvalley Solar to extend its program to the state's southern half.
For the third and final installment of our GRID Alternatives series, Getsolar hit the road and visited a GRID installation site in Oakland, California to gain a better understanding of how the organization is impacting some of California’s low-income communities.
Part two of our GRID Alternatives series focuses on the people behind the mission: the organization’s 4,000 or so volunteers who have gained real-life training while helping complete solar energy installations in low-income communities across California. It is this symbiotic relationship -- between the organization and its volunteers -- that each year lures hundreds of individuals to the call of the organization's mission.
In March, we introduced you all to GRID Alternatives, the non-profit, California-based organization that provides free solar photovoltaic (PV) home energy systems to low-income communities. In order to do so, GRID Alternatives combines California's alternative energy incentives with its own fundraising dollars.