GRID GLA and its team of volunteers and job trainees are installing rooftop solar for 500 low-income families in Los Angeles this summer providing up to 1.6 megawatts (MW) of new rooftop solar in the City of Angles. By installing solar electric systems for low-income residents at no cost through the LA 500 pledge, the group will help families in single and multi-family homes reduce their utility bills.
The solar arrays promise significant savings. For instance, Long Beach native Tina Neal and the extended family of six who live with her are expected to save $740 per year with their new solar array. Over the system’s anticipated 25 year lifespan Neal could save up to $18,500 on utility bills (enough to buy a nice car or pay for part of a college education). In all the project is expected to save those low-income residents that receive a system a total of $15 million on their utility bills.
“LA 500 is a win win win for everybody,” said Mayor Garcetti, “This pulls together so many of the great things about LA.” Not only will the pledge help low-income families save money on their electric bills, but it will also provide workforce training to 500 low-income individuals with hands-on training over the next few years, helping to place more than 220 local workers in solar industry jobs. The orgainiztion is working with East Los Angeles Skills Center/Homeboy Industries, LA Trade Tech, West Valley Occupational Center and other organizations to help create jobs in the area.
GRID GLA isn’t the only organization working to bring more solar jobs to disadvantaged communities. For instance, one company is building a 16.4 MW array on the roofs of warehouses located along Westmont Drive in LA, creating 500 local solar jobs. The project will cover 2 million square feet, making it the largest rooftop installation in the country, if not the world.
“The work we do at GRID is only possible because of the efforts of leaders and advocates across California and the country who understand that tackling climate change will only be possible when every community has access to the solutions and benefits,” said GRID GLA Executive Director Michael Kadish. GRID GLA has installed over 1,100 solar systems across the region, including 100 or more in Los Angeles alone.
In effort to improve the process of going solar, Los Angeles is speeding up the development and installation of solar power. Previously it was criticized for delayed installation of solar systems in the city. Since then it’s been building its staff resources and streamlining the application and installation process to place a higher priority on these solar programs.Tweet