The collaboration will initially provide 10 low-income houses in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood with solar electricity. It is estimated the program will save the families an estimated $250,000 over the next 25 years and prevent an estimated 550 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
For the first house, a 4.2 kW system was installed using Sun Edison panels and Enphase micro-inverters. Grid Alternatives installed the system with additional cost assistance from the California Public Utilities Commission’s Single Family Affordable Homes Program. The installation will offset 41.23 tons of carbon, the equivalent of planting 969 trees, and will save the homeowner an estimated $20,000 over the system’s lifetime.
Facebook, which is headquartered in Menlo Park, is the town’s largest employer and sees the program as a way to improve its immediate neighborhood in the same way it is addressing it’s global corporate carbon footprint. Menlo Spark is a local nonprofit committed to a carbon free Menlo Park, and Oakland’s Grid Alternatives provides solar installations for low-income housing in 9 states as well as in Nicaragua.
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