TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2012) - Verengo Solar, the leading residential solar integrator in California, today announced that it is partnering with GRID Alternatives to install solar electric systems for low-income families through GRID's Sub-Contractor Partnership Program (SPP). Verengo and GRID Alternatives celebrated this new partnership on April 16, 2012 by installing a Verengo rooftop system on a low-income home in Lindsay, CA.
"Our first GRID Alternatives project was successfully installed and signed off on by the city inspector in the same day," said Tom Sweeney, Verengo's Northern California General Manager.
"We want to thank GRID Alternatives and everyone who contributed in moving this unique job forward," added Sweeney. "A special thanks to our Fresno installation team who performed flawlessly, resulting in another satisfied customer."
As a sub-contracting partner, Verengo will provide GRID Alternatives with complete residential solar systems including installation and permitting at below cost value, bringing the power of solar energy to low-income households in 2012. Each GRID sub-contracted project also requires Verengo to hire an eligible job trainee who will gain valuable hand-on experience and a paid job while working alongside Verengo's installation team.
"Partnering with GRID Alternatives dovetails perfectly with Verengo's corporate commitment to do good and to do well," said President and Verengo Co-Founder Ken Button. "By providing GRID Alternatives with the highest quality solar installation, Verengo is helping families in need reduce their electricity costs. At the same time, our employees get the opportunity to interact with and educate local communities about the value of solar."
"We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Verengo Solar," said GRID Alternatives Central Valley Program Director Tom Esqueda. "Verengo's support for GRID Alternatives' mission means thousands of dollars more in long-term savings for low-income families that need them most, and paid learning opportunities for green job seekers."
VERENGO SOLAR is changing the way America thinks about solar! As the #1 residential solar integrator in California, Verengo offers comprehensive financial options and superior customer service, and consistently earns an A+ with the Better Business Bureau. Verengo has reduced carbon emissions through its solar power systems, accomplishing the equivalent of planting 192,000 acres of trees, taking more than 76,000 cars off the road and saving homeowners $160 million in energy costs over the lifetime of Verengo's installed systems to date. For more information on Verengo Solar, please visit www.VerengoSolar.com.
About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to low-income communities. Using a barn-raising model, GRID Alternatives leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power on qualifying homes, providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet while preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry. GRID Alternative's Sub-Contractor Partnership Program (SPP) provides opportunities for licensed CA contractors to participate in installations. Qualified partner companies in the SPP agree to a reduced cost model and commit to hiring at least one eligible job trainee for each sub-contracted installation. Nearly 2000 families have received solar systems through GRID Alternatives and its subcontractors to date, preventing the release of 170,000 tons of greenhouse gasses over the systems' lifetimes, and more than 9000 people have gained hands-on experience in the field. For more information, please visit www.gridalternatives.org.