Two California Families Receive Solar Installations


Each year, employee volunteers from Mitsubishi Electric partner with students from California State University Long Beach’s Disabled Student Services to install solar arrays for families in need. This year the team partnered with GRID Alternatives to complete the projects.

Mitsubishi donated their Diamond Premium PV modules bundled with inverters donated by SolarEdge and racking donated by Orion Solar Racking. The bundled package is known as the Diamond Kit. It was designed to simplify the installation process for installers and save money for homeowners.

“We are pleased to extend our reach this year to two families in need,” said Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc.’s Photovoltaic Division. “We appreciate the generosity of SolarEdge and Orion Solar Racking, and the leadership of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, for making these installations possible.”

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation provided financial support for the installations with a grant to GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles. The grant provides hands-on training and education in renewable energy for the student volunteers, most of whom are interested in pursuing careers in the solar industry. The Foundation’s mission is to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment.

“GRID Alternatives gave us the opportunity to further our mission to help youth with disabilities maximize their potential and participation in society. I’m impressed by the students’ interest in solar technology,” said Kevin Webb, director of the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation. “We’re proud to continue our support of GRID Alternatives not only to help these students get practical experience in their chosen careers, but also to assist them to serve their community.”

The photovoltaic systems were installed in the homes of Edward Wong, a CSULB alumnus, and his family, of Los Angeles, and Zelmira Medina of East Los Angeles. “As a CSULB graduate, it was great to connect with these student volunteers from my alma mater,” said Mr. Wong. “On behalf of my family, I also want to thank all the companies for giving us the gift of solar energy for our new home.”