By Gary Thomas
Verengo Solar, a solar integrator for California homes and GRID Alternatives, a non-profit firm that supports solar installation to low-income communities, have associated together under GRID's Sub-Contractor Partnership Program (SPP).
The partnership will help installing solar systems to low-income group. The first rooftop installation was done on April 16, 2012 at a house located at Fresno Area in Lindsay, CA.
Verengo, as a sub-contracting partner, will offer GRID Alternatives with total residential solar systems including solar system installation and allowing power at a low cost value to power the low-income houses in 2012. A job trainee will be employed for every installation and a paid job will be offered while working with Verengo's installation group.
According to the Co-Founder and President of Verengo, Ken Button, by offering GRID Alternatives with best quality solar installation, Verengo is facilitating families to cut down electricity expenditure. Simultaneously, the employees of Verengo get a chance to communicate and enlighten the local community about solar energy.
Verengo Solar, through its solar systems has brought down carbon emissions equal to removing over 76,000 cars from the road or planting trees in 192,000 ac of land. Furthermore, the house owners are able to save $160 million of energy costs throughout the life period of solar systems installed till date.
Through the SPP program of GRID Alternatives, approximately 2000 homes have obtained solar systems. About 170,000 t of greenhouse gas emission will be prevented throughout the life period of these solar systems and over 9000 people have been provided hands-on training for solar installation.