TORRANCE, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - Verengo Solar, one of the nation's leading residential solar companies, today announced they have successfully installed the first batch of GRID Alternatives residential projects in Southern California. The three Verengo residential installations were done in a neighborhood of Piru in Eastern Ventura county as part of Verengo's partnership with GRID Alternatives, a California-based non-profit, and its campaign to install solar electric systems for low-income families through GRID's Sub-Contractor Partnership Program (SPP). Under the terms of the partnership, Verengo also hired eligible solar job trainees for the projects.
"Verengo is very excited to be expanding our relationship with GRID Alternatives into the Southern California region," said Verengo Special Projects Manager Adam Davis. "These three installations are not only a lot of fun for the families and installers but instill a greater sense of community when a neighborhood goes solar."
"Partnering with sub-contractors like Verengo means we're able to help even more low-income families save on their electricity bills, and spread solar further," said Susan Chang, the regional director of GRID Alternatives for Greater Los Angeles. "We're thrilled to also connect eager job trainees with valuable job opportunities in the industry."
A week later Verengo Northern California General Manager Tom Sweeney joined more than 200 job trainees, government officials, homeowners and other corporate sponsors to take part in GRID Alternative's Bay Area Solarthon in San Jose.
"By the end of the day the volunteers installed solar systems in 13 homes in the Hillview Park neighborhood of East San Jose putting up more than 250 panels," Sweeney said. "Like all the events we sponsor with GRID Alternatives, the mood was a wonderful combination of hard work and camaraderie. Two of our company values are Responsibility and Enthusiasm -- we do good and we do well and have fun doing it -- our partnership with GRID Alternatives exemplifies these values."
About Verengo Solar
VERENGO SOLAR is changing the way America thinks about solar! As the #1 residential solar integrator based in Southern 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 300,000 acres of trees, taking more than 120,000 cars off the road and saving homeowners $255 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. More than 2300 families have received solar systems through GRID Alternatives and its subcontractors to date, preventing the release of 200,000 tons of greenhouse gasses over the systems' lifetimes, and more than 10,000 people have gained hands-on experience in the field. For more information, please visit www.gridalternatives.org.