Grid Alternatives Solarthon 2010 – Volunteering to Put Solar Panels on Low Income Housing

The Grid Alternatives Solarthon 2010 is coming up soon and the Residential Solar 101 team will be out in full force again this year.  We had a great time at least year’s Solarthon 2009, so we thought we’d come back for more!

Grid Alternatives’ mission is to put solar on low income and affordable housing.  They work with solar panel and hardware providers to get the equipment donated or at a very low cost, then they get donations from individuals and corporations, and top it off with volunteer labor.  Combine all of that with increased solar rebates for low income / affordable houses and you have a recipe for outfitting hundreds of homes a year with free solar power systems.  As part of the deal I believe that most of the home owners actually participate in the installation on their home.

It also happens to be a great way for someone who is interested in becoming a solar installer to test the waters.  Everyone attends a training session before the go on a job site, then they do the installation with Grid Alternatives employees and professional solar installers who have volunteered their time.   Even if you don’t want to work in the industry and you just want to learn about solar and volunteer for a day, it’s a great cause and a great organization.

Come join us for the Solarthon 2010 in Oakland, CA on July 31, 2010, or if that doesn’t work for you, they have installations year round throughout the state.

Grid Alternatives Solarthon 2010

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