Published on June 26th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill0
Low-Income Housing Receives Free Solar Panels Under Innovative Scheme
June 26th, 2012 by Joshua S Hill
Sullivan Solar Power is one of California’s largest solar power companies, and it recently launched the Chula Vista Solar Program, which not only resulted in 204,412 watts of solar power deployed in the city, but also provided 29 solar panels to three low-income houses in the city.
The Chula Vista Solar Program “has been created to encourage the creation of a strong solar community within the City of Chula Vista. Participants are able to go solar for as little as $0 upfront with a monthly payment equal to or less than current electric bill rates.”
The program expired on October the 24th, but offered businesses and homeowners the opportunity to receive substantial cash-bank incentives, incentives greater than that of the state rebate.
There were 29 participants who received a total of more than $60,000 and, according to Sullivan Solar, “helped build a stronger solar community less dependent on nonrenewable resources like unreliable nuclear power and imported fossil fuels.”
But the Chula Vista Solar Program also made one solar panel per participant and donated it to three low-income households who wanted to go solar.
“We decided to go solar because of the environmental benefits, and we wanted to save money on our electricity bill,” said Elizabeth Yescas-Beitia, resident of one of the three houses that volunteered. “Our family is grateful to have solar for free through the GRID Alternatives program, and we are appreciative to all the Sullivan Solar Power customers in Chula Vista who helped make it happen.”
The project is a 2,485-watt solar installation and will end up saving the family more than $18,000 over the warranty lifetime of the system.
“Partnering with GRID Alternatives aligns with our solar programs which are designed to help entire communities go solar,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “Not only did Chula Vista residents get paid to go solar for their new solar projects, they helped their neighboring families like the Yescas enjoy the same energy savings.”