March 2011

Media Contact: Steven Fernandez, Regional Director, Grid Alternatives
sfernandez@gridalternatives.org, (805) 351-3344, ext 1001 or

Sheryl Flores, Homeownership Development Director, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing
sherylf@pshhc.org, (805) 783-4465
March 25, 2011

Solar Installations in Nipomo
Homeowners Get the Green Light to Power Up the Solar Electric System

Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives is celebrating a new collaboration with Peoples’ Self-Help Housing by flipping the switch on a newly installed solar electric system on a home at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s Montecito Verde self-help home development in Templeton.

The mission of GRID Alternatives is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training.

“GRID Alternatives is proud to be working with People’s Self-Help Housing to support families in our own community who have very limited financial resources,” said Steven Fernandez, GRID Alternatives Regional Director. “By turning on this solar electric system, we are celebrating a great collaboration that is literally starting from the ground on up.”

Peoples' Self-Help Housing’s mission is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. Peoples' Self-Help Housing helps low income families build their first home using the "sweat equity" model. Peoples’ and GRID Alternative staff supervise the installation of the solar electric systems that are constructed by the future home owners and volunteers.

For more information about GRID Alternatives, go to: http://www.gridalternatives.org.
For more information about Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, go to www.pshhc.org.

For photos of the solar installation referenced here, go to: https://picasaweb.google.com/GRIDAlternatives/FloresFamilyInstallation02#

About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives works collaboratively with communities and local organizations to identify specific needs and to develop renewable energy solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Since 2004, GRID has installed over 800 solar electric systems and provided hands-on solar installation training over 5,800 community members statewide. These systems represent over 1.8 MW of generating capacity, which translates to over $18.3 million in energy cost savings over the systems' projected life spans, while preventing 73,669 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. GRID Alternatives also manages the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, part of the California Solar Initiative that is funded by California ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). For more information, please visit http://www.gridalternatives.org.