Solar Is Finally Coming To A Neighborhood Near You.
It’s no secret that Cali is the solar hotspot of the States…if you can afford to convert…that is.
With a nearly $20,000 price tag attached to getting off the grid, going green may seem to be a little far fetched for some. This is especially true if you happen to find yourself on the lower scale income bracket. But there finally seems to be a light at the end of this “non-renewable” tunnel.
The Grid Alternatives initiative aims to successfully put solar panels on the roof of homeowners which previously weren’t even considering it. This will be achieved through one simple solution.
Let those who do the most damage to our environment foot the bill…and rightly so!
Grid Alternatives has been given the go-ahead to take control of the $162 million Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) project. In a nutshell, cap-and-trade funds will now be used to set the ball in motion and allow renewable solar energy to impact communities where it’s needed most.
SASH is the country’s first dedicated solar repayment system for low-income families, and in total it has successfully accumulated an impressive $1.6 billion! This has been done through taxing carbon emitting companies for every single ton of carbon dioxide released into our atmosphere.
So far, $14.7 million have been allocated towards the installation of brand new PV solar systems to an estimated 1,600 homes. Anyone currently living in a disadvantaged neighborhood in California can apply, and by the end of 2016, renewable energy could be a reality for whole new communities!
One of the main objectives of this project is to ensure that the costs are kept at a minimum.
Through job-training programs and other donations from solar companies, the installation will come at almost no cost the homeowners. All that will be required of the families who stand to benefit is to, either feed the crew who is doing the installation, or help them get the job done in as little time as possible. This amazing initiative is for the community and will be driven by it!
What’s more, once your system is up and running, you stand to save a whopping $1000 every year!
The Grid Alternatives project aims to kill two birds with one stone in an obvious manner. Lower income communities will start their journey towards getting off the grid whilst fossil fuel polluting companies pay it forward by cutting energy emissions in the state.
The simplest solutions are often the best.
Should Grid Alternatives have their ducks in a row, and it really seems they do, solar could be making its way to your neighborhood today.