Two Long Beach families will receive solar electric systems

Sep. 30, 2014 / By

James Suazo (Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach)
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Two low-income Central Long Beach families will move closer towards creating healthier homes and lowering their energy bills as Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach partners with GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles to install two solar systems in one day. Highlights will include:

  • Over 50 volunteers working to install solar power in their community
  • Two families getting lifetime access to clean, affordable power
  • Appearances by Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, and community leaders

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (8:00am – 2:00pm)

  • Installation of solar systems on roofs: 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Lunchtime program: 12:15pm – 1:00pm

Craftsman Village Park: 851 Orange Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813

AOC7 Neighborhood homeowners thrilled to start saving with solar, BHC volunteers and partner associations, GRID Alternatives construction staff and leadership and general volunteers. Lunchtime speakers will include Mayor Robert Garcia and community leaders.

GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that makes renewable energy technology and job training accessible to low-income communities. We bring together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all. GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles has served more than 730 families to-date, for a combined lifetime savings of over $15,000,000, and a reduction in greenhouse gas use equivalent to nearly 48,000 tons of carbon or taking 8,421 cars off the road for a year.

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Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach (BHCLB) is a non-profit organization focused in Central and West Long Beach that supports community organizing around the concept that “Health Happens Here.” BHCLB works to build a sustainable community where health happens not just in the doctor’s office, but also with active transportation options, quality housing, healthy food access, improved environmental health, increased school attendance, parent engagement, and youth violence prevention. BHCLB is part of The California Endowment’s 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities initiative and fiscally sponsored by Community Partners.


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