Real Goods Solar Powers and Empowers San Jose Homeowners with Renewable Energy

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Real Goods Solar, a national solar installation company, will participate in the GRID Alternatives Bay Area Solarthon this Saturday, July 21, in San Jose, installing free solar arrays for low-income homeowners.

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By bringing together political leaders, volunteers and large donors we are able to provide lasting financial and environmental benefits to the entire community.

Real Goods Solar, a national solar installation company, will participate in the GRID Alternatives Bay Area Solarthon this Saturday, July 21, in San Jose, installing free solar arrays for low-income homeowners.

Solarthon is an annual fundraiser and solar block party for GRID Alternatives, an Oakland-based nonprofit, that brings together hundreds of community volunteers, corporate sponsors like Real Goods Solar, and job trainees to install solar for an entire neighborhood in a single day.
Real Goods Solar is also a subcontractor partner of GRID Alternatives, providing complete residential solar systems, including installation and permitting, at a reduced price, as well as a paid work opportunity for a qualified solar job trainee on each job.

“Employing high quality sub-contractors like Real Goods Solar helps us meet increasing demand and bring solar power to low-income communities in all corners of the state,” said GRID Alternatives Co-Founder and Program Director Tim Sears. “And by hiring job trainees, our partners also help us further our mission of giving solar job seekers a leg up in the industry.”

Last month, Real Goods participated in San Diego's Solarthon, installing 18.4 kW of solar on one city block in one day.

According to Erin Clark, General Manager of Real Goods Solars' Northern California operations, Real Goods believes in providing sustainable, affordable renewable energy where it will have the most impact."Real Goods Solar is pleased to be working with GRID Alternatives, empowering our local communities to achieve energy independence. By bringing together political leaders, volunteers and large donors for events like Solarthon, we are able to provide lasting financial and environmental benefits to the entire community."

About Real Goods Solar
Real Goods Solar is a leading solar energy integrator, having installed over 13,000 solar electric systems. We offer turnkey solutions, and have 34 years of experience in solar energy, beginning with the sale of the first solar photovoltaic panels in the U.S. in 1978. With offices in California, Colorado and the Northeast, Real Goods Solar is one of the largest residential solar installers in the country. For more information, visit http://www.RealGoodsSolar.com or call 1-888-56-SOLAR.

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 Alternatives has installed more than 2200 photovoltaic solar energy systems to date throughout California, to help low-income families save nearly $60M in energy bills over the 30 year lifespan of the solar energy systems. For more information, please visit http://www.gridalternatives.org or contact Julian Foley at (510) 731-1188 or jfoley(at)gridalternatives(dot)org

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