Los Angeles community receives free solar energy, courtesy of Grid Alternatives and GoGreenSolar.
This week, brand new solar panels are glittering in the quiet neighborhood of Willowbrook, Los Angeles. The panels will generate thirty one kilowatts of locally-produced energy and save home owners over three hundred thousand dollars over a twenty five year period. How much did the panels cost the home owners? Nothing.
Grid Alternatives, a California-based non-profit group, hosts SolarThons across multiple cities where volunteers come together to fight foreclosures, unemployment, and pollution by providing free solar electric systems to low-income families. “Low-income families pay a much higher percentage of their income on electricity than the average household and our solar electric systems will reduce each homeowner’s monthly energy costs by an average of 80% which will help these families stay in their homes,” says Myshel Prasad, Development Officer at GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.
Grid Alternatives relies on donated time and money to accomplish its charitable work. This SolarThon, GoGreenSolar.com donates both. “We’re happy to support energy independence, especially to those most in need,” says Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com. Patel, who has volunteered with Grid Alternatives for several years, also finds Grid Alternatives a great place to scout employees. “The people who volunteer with Grid Alternatives have good hearts and proven technical competence,” says Patel.
One such recruit is Dave Donaldson, a GoGreenSolar.com engineer also known as “Purple Dave” to the Grid Alternatives community. “I volunteer because it’s nice to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are willing to donate their time to help advance the impact of solar, especially for local low-income families,” says Donaldson. Purple Dave has donated his time to more than 30 solar system installs.
“Grid Alternatives and GoGreenSolar.com share a similar mission. We’re both here to improve the quality of human life through renewable energy solutions,” says Patel. “We look forward to turning more of our team’s energy into solar energy in the coming years.”
About GoGreenSolar.com: GoGreenSolar.com is a value added supplier of green energy products, services, technical support and financing to help you go green. As a licensed C-10 contractor, GoGreenSolar.com has helped guide home owners, contractors, businesses, and utilities through the entire solar installation process. From purchasing parts to designing the solar system to generating the first kilowatt of energy, the team at GoGreenSolar.com is on a mission to give back and change the world with renewable, sustainable energy. Join us!
About Grid Alternatives: GRID Alternatives’ mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. We believe making energy choices that are good for the environment can go hand-in-hand with improving the lives of those living in low-income communities. GRID Alternatives works collaboratively with communities and local organizations to identify specific needs and to develop renewable energy solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
I believe clean, renewable energy is key to the evolution of society as a whole. Solar powers our planet, why not harness it to power humanity? Let's power our homes, our work, and our vehicles with solar energy. It begins with raising awareness and encouraging those around us to go green.