Central Coast Solarthon 2015




Thank you to all our supporters for making Solarthon 2015 a HUGE Success!!!

Solarthon 2015 brought solar to Northern Santa Barbara County this year! Five (5) deserving low-income families in Los Alamos received solar during our annual flagship fundraising event. Many thanks to our corporate sponsors: Sunrun, PG&E, NRG, and Rabobank for making this incredible day possible! Thank you also to the Santa Ynez Valley Band of Chumash Indians for granting us money towards training over 30 job trainee participants in Solar installation - moving many un- and under-employed volunteers closer to an entry-level position in the solar industry! Over 30 Cal Poly students raised money and participated in this year's Solarthon, as well. We had representative volunteers from our Workforce Development programs: Troops to Solar, Students for Solar, and Women in Solar. Representatives from our Corporate Sponsors spoke during our lunch program along with a Cal Poly student, PG&E AmeriCorps Construction Fellow and one of the homeowners. We would also like to thank Peoples' Self Help Housing for partnering with us to identify these fantastic homeowners who not only participated in installing solar on their homes, but also spent countless hours over the past 18 months building their own homes! A GREAT day was had by all and, in the end, our mission to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities was further realized.

Please see KSBY news coverage of our day!

Impacts of Solarthon 2015:

  • 5 solar electric systems for low-income families
  • 13.2 kW of clean, renewable energy
  • $112,771 in total savings for families over the systems' lifetimes
  • 348 tons of greenhouse gas emissions prevented over the systems' lifetimes, equivalent to planting 8,183 trees!

Get Involved!!!

Contact Justin Hitchcock, GRID Central Coast Regional Director
(805) 769-9121 or jhitchcock@gridalternatives.org 

Thank you to our 2015 Solarthon sponsors!


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