Enphase Energy and GRID Alternatives have partnered for the last six years to bring solar power to low-income communities. Earlier this week they announced an expansion of this partnership. The new agreement is expected to create 3 megawatts of new capacity and serve 900 families.
“Enphase’s expanded donation in 2015 represents a nearly 50 percent increase in our partnership’s cumulative impact to date,” said Tim Sears, CFO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. “This partnership has already helped bring the benefits of clean energy to families and workers across the country, and continues to grow with us as we expand to serve more communities and explore new ways to deliver solar’s benefits to people that need it most.”
Since 2010, the Enphase-GRID partnership has contributed to the installation of 6 megawatts for over 1900 families in California, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey.
“Continuing our partnership with GRID Alternatives exemplifies Enphase’s commitment to putting clean, affordable energy on rooftops across America,” said Jeff Loebbaka, senior vice president of global sales, marketing and support for Enphase. “We’re also proud to play a role in the job training of underserved communities who otherwise may not be able to join the transition to clean energy.”
The Hollyhock development in Sebastapol, CA showcases the partnership. Of the 29 homes in the mutual self-help affordable housing community, 24 have received rooftop systems from GRID Alternatives and Enphase Energy since 2012. During this process, 125 Enphase employees donated 1000 volunteer hours and installed 55 kilowatts of rooftop solar.
When GRID Alternatives moved into Colorado’s community solar scene earlier this year, Enphase was right there with them. They donated the microinverters for the project.
“Enphase’s long-term support and partnership has been critical in enabling GRID Alternatives’ expansion to serve low-income families and job trainees across the United States. Enphase also does a lot more than just donate equipment – their employees also volunteer in their local communities to help install solar for families that really need the savings,” said Zach Franklin, GRID Alternatives’ VP of Development and Communications.
With the continued support of companies like Enphase Energy, GRID Alternatives will keep doing what they do best — providing solar installations and job training to the communities that need it most.