PETALUMA, Calif. — Enphase Energy Inc. has announced a major expansion of its philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit that makes solar power and solar job training available to underserved communities. Over the last four years, GRID Alternatives and Enphase have powered over 1,000 low-income homes across the United States, generating long-term savings to help these families pay for basic expenses. The expanded partnership will serve an additional 350-400 families over the next 12 months, providing more savings while also providing more individuals with hands-on job training in the growing solar industry.
“GRID Alternatives’ mission of bringing clean and affordable energy to communities across the country aligns with Enphase’s efforts to promote solar energy, and together we are helping to provide much needed financial savings to our neighbors in need,” said Jeff Loebbaka, senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and support for Enphase. “Our continued partnership with GRID allows families of all demographics to participate in a clean energy future.”
Enphase employees have donated more than 2,200 volunteer hours for families throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including residents of an affordable housing community in Sebastopol, Calif., and a family in Richmond, Calif. The community and environmental impact of these volunteer hours to-date amounts to a combined $395,000 in savings for 18 families and the prevention of over 1,200 tons of greenhouse gases, the clean air equivalent of planting 29,000 trees.
Donations of the Enphase® System have also provided renewable energy to families all across California, Colorado, and most recently New York and New Jersey.
“Enphase’s long-standing partnership has been instrumental in helping us expand into new regions and serve more families and more job trainees across the country,” said Erica Mackie, CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. “We’re excited to see this partnership continue to grow.”
Publication date: 4/21/2014