Chino: Edison International Donates $30,000 to GRID Alternatives Inland Empire
Edison International (parent company of Southern California Edison) Donates $30,000 to GRID Alternatives Inland Empire to Solarize Three Chino Homes
Nonprofit GRID Alternatives welcomes SCE staff to volunteer installing solar systems for income qualified homeowners.
Chino, CA – April has two important distinctions as it is National Volunteer month and April 22 is Earth Day. To celebrate Earth Day and promote volunteerism, Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, has teamed up with GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE). GRID will be working with SCE staff to bring clean energy to three Chino homeowners. Donations like these enables businesses to help the communities they work in by making solar energy more accessible. Staff will spend their Saturday installing solar in addition to learning more about solar systems and the impact on families who need it the most.
One of the homeowners receiving solar, David Cibrian, was first introduced to GRID by another nonprofit, Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS). David was immediately intrigued when he learned that a GRID solar system could save him up to 90% on his electricity bill. He says, “the savings will pay for food, other bills, and help our daughter. A little savings goes a long ways.”
SCE staff will spend the day learning about construction safety, purposes of different tools, and how to assemble a solar system. Instruction will be led by GRID’s professional Solar Installation Supervisors (SIS) and crew.
Southern California Edison’s donation and volunteer work will result in an equivalent of 7,230 trees planted, 311 tons of greenhouse gases eliminated, and 59 cars removed from the road for a year! To date, over 450 San Bernardino county homeowners have gone solar with GRID.
GRID provides disadvantaged communities throughout the Inland Empire with long-term relief from seasonal changes in utility bills, while training individuals for positions in one
of the fastest growing segments in the economy. Currently there are more than 260,000 solar workers across the U.S., and more than 100,000 of these solar jobs derive from California. GRID is an industry leader and recognized as the largest non-profit solar installers in the nation.
About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities, bringing together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families. GRID’s work has helped 10,000 families to date, saving $333 million in lifetime electricity costs, and over 36,000 people have received solar training. GRID Alternatives has nine regional offices and affiliates serving California, Colorado, the mid-Atlantic region, and Tribal communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.gridalternatives.org.