Donated solar panels to arrive on 50-70 rooftops in coming year

GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar panel installer focused on providing access to solar power to low-income families and training green industry workers, today (May 2) announced a partnership with local business Sullivan Solar Power that the organizations hope will place between 50 and 70 solar arrays on the rooftops of San Diegans at no cost.

Sullivan will supply the equipment, donating one solar panel to GRID per paid residential installation over the next year. Volunteer workers learning installation skills through GRID will then assemble the systems at recipients’ homes.

“Solar is for everybody,” said business owner Daniel Sullivan at a press conference announcing the partnership. “It’s not just for a select few who can afford it.”

The announcement was made at the Broadway Heights home of Jimmie Martin, who heads a household of nine including his children and grandchildren. The Martins are receiving an 18-panel, 3,800 watt system as part of the program that is expected to save $730 per year in electric costs.

Mayor Bob Filner, who has long been an alternative energy proponent and advocated for placing solar panels on the roof of every government building during his campaign, made an appearance as well.

“We’re embarking, probably, on the biggest effort to solarize a city that’s going on anywhere in America,” said Filner. “When I announced that we were going to add solar power to all our public buildings, people really got excited . . . it brings people together. You can’t be against the sun, right?”

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