Jun 3, 2014
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A Richmond family became the 16th recipient of a free home solar system last weekend as part of an ongoing partnership between the nonprofit GRID Alternatives and Chevron Richmond.

About a dozen Chevron employee-volunteers worked to install a Solar PV system at a central Richmond home.

The new technology will provide the family with 1.5 kilowatts of clean energy, allowing for savings of more than $13,500 over the system’s 30-year lifespan, said Mara Ervin, Development Officer for GRID Alternatives Bay Area.

The system will also prevent 45 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon offset equivalent of planting nearly 1,000 trees, Ervin added.

Chevron has been supporting GRID Alternatives’ work to provide solar systems for Richmond’s low income families since 2009. Chevron employee-volunteers have reportedly logged well over 1,200 hours on the roof with GRID in the community.

Also, Chevron brings one local job trainee to every install, providing hands-on training in the ever-growing solar industry.

For more information, visit www.gridalternatives.org.

A Richmond family became the 16th recipient of a home solar system last weekend as part of an ongoing partnership between GRID Alternatives and Chevron.


  1. This is a great project organized by GRID Alternatives and Chevron. If the residents of the low-income neighborhoods cannot afford a solar installation on their home, they most likely will not invest enough time to research what solar power even is, they just know they cannot afford it. Fortunately, this program is providing an educational aspect as well and raising awareness throughout Richmond of the long-term benefits of generating your own solar power. It’s great to hear that a trainee will accompany each install, in fact, Clean Solar is proud to have an installer employed from Richmond’s own “Solar Richmond” Program.

    Clean Solar | Jun 12th, 2014

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