US: Solarthon fundraiser to install PV on 50 homes in 5 days

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Sponsor of the event, Yingli Green Energy Americas Inc., will provide the photovoltaic modules needed for the installations, set to be located in San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno, San Louis Obispo and Los Angeles.

In addition to installing solar on the homes of low income families, the Solarthon fundraiser also brings together solar job trainees and corporate parties.

"Every single Grid Alternatives home installation provides thousands of dollars in savings for working families and two days of on the job training for ten job seekers – and we average 15 home installations per week," commented Erica Mackie, co-founder of Grid Alternatives.

According to a statement released, the systems will eliminate over 4,400 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and generate USD$1.3 million worth of renewable energy savings for families living on low incomes.

Overall, Grid Alternatives and Yingli aim to install a total of one megawatt worth of photovoltaic systems on 400 homes throughout 2011.

The first of five Solarthon block parties will take place this Saturday in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco.

The remaining events are scheduled as follows:

  • San Diego, Saturday, September 24
  • Central Valley, Fresno, Saturday, October 8
  • Templeton, San Luis Obispo County, Saturday, October 22
  • Lynwood, Los Angeles County, Saturday, November 5