Giving Back Through GRID Alternatives

May 08, 2011

Giving Back Through GRID Alternatives

More than 16 Enphase team members recently volunteered on a GRID Alternatives Solar Affordable Housing Program project to install solar panels on a home in Vallejo, California. If you haven’t heard of GRID Alternatives, it’s a nonprofit solar contractor that installs solar electric systems for qualifying low-income homeowners. The organization—which began in 2004 and has offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego—relies on the help of volunteers and works with dozens of workforce development organizations throughout California to help job trainees get hands-on experience with solar installations. Here’s a quick snapshot about GRID Alternatives’ accomplishments to date:

  • 870 installed residential solar systems
  • >2MW of power delivered
  • 83,250 tons of CO2 avoided
  • >6,200 volunteers trained

Because we believe that GRID Alternatives is good for local communities, the environment, the California economy and the solar industry, we were excited to volunteer our time on a two-day residential install. We arrived at the residence at 8:30 a.m. both days for safety training before heading up on the roof. Throughout the two days, we worked every phase of the project, from splicing and securing the rails,wiring the array, mounting the Enphase Microinverters and installing the solar modules.

Site details:

  • Installation size: 3.5 kW system
  • Projected lifetime production: 211,000 kW
  • Projected energy savings: $35,000
  • Greenhouse gas emissions avoided: 142 tons

Everyone at Enphase is proud of this project and committed to our relationship with GRID Alternatives. Every three months we sponsor a project in addition to supplying discounted microinverters and volunteers. We're all looking forward to the next install!

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