On Saturday, October 4th, two Long Beach families in Central Long Beach received solar energy systems and decades of clean, affordable power, thanks to the result of a collaboration between Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHC) and GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA).
With the help of over 35 community members and local elected officials, teams of volunteers installed solar panels and canvassed the Anaheim, Orange, Cherry, & Seventh Street (AOC7) Neighborhood to educate the community about solar energy and BHC’s organizing work.
Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal joined volunteers on the roof in the morning and by lunch time, Mayor Robert Garcia finished installing the final solar panel for the day.
During lunch, the volunteers, staff, and homeowners were treated to thank-yous from Mayor Robert Garcia, Ely Flores (GRID Alternatives), and James Suazo (BHC Long Beach).
BHC Long Beach Steering Committee member, Stella Ursua, and GRID Alternatives Outreach Coordinator Allison DePasquale, spearheaded the initiative in coordination with the BHC Long Beach Environmental Health Workgroup.
The new solar-powered homes will help reduce the families’ energy bills for years to come and help build a more sustainable Long Beach.
Thanks to all our volunteers from GRID Alternatives; the Environmental Health, Schools, and Neighborhoods Workgroups; and the Long Beach Time Exchange! Check out all the action from the Solar Install at our Storify page: #SolarHappensHere! View photos from the event by clicking here.
About GRID Alternatives: GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to low-income communities. We bring together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all. GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles has served more than 760 families to-date, for a combined lifetime savings of over $16,000,000, and a reduction in greenhouse gas use equivalent to nearly 48,000 tons of carbon or taking 8,821 cars off the road for a year.