PETALUMA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), today announced its 2013 philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access. Under the agreement, Enphase will provide GRID Alternatives with microinverters to help power more than 350 low-income homes in California and Colorado. The partnership will also support nearly 50,000 hours of hands-on installation training for cleantech job seekers and volunteers.
Enphase has worked with GRID Alternatives since 2010 to bring solar to low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area through employee volunteerism and donations of the Enphase® Microinverter System. By the end of 2013, expected lifetime savings to families served through the three-year partnership will exceed $14 million.
“Expanding our partnership with GRID Alternatives exemplifies Enphase’s commitment to growing the use of solar energy, while also providing the advantages of our microinverter technology to families who can benefit from it the most,” said Bill Rossi, chief marketing officer of Enphase Energy. “Enphase appreciates the value of GRID Alternatives in bringing solar power to our community and those interested in a career in the new clean energy economy.”
In addition to its equipment partnership, Enphase employee volunteers will get on the roof to help install systems for five families in the San Francisco Bay Area this year.
“From its enthusiastic and hardworking volunteers to its generous equipment donations, Enphase has been a great partner to GRID Alternatives from the beginning,” said Erica Mackie, co-founder and CEO of GRID Alternatives. “This new commitment is really going to make a huge difference both for the families and for the job trainees our program serves.”
Petaluma, Calif. residents Mary and Patrick Carter recently received a solar electric system through the partnership. “For many years, we dreamed of having our own clean, green generator on our roof,” said Mary Carter. “GRID and the volunteers from Enphase made our dreams come true.” Their system has reduced their electric bill by over $100 since it went live, savings that goes to support their two young children. Click here to see their system’s production through Enphase’s monitoring and management software Enlighten.
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. www.enphase.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 and cleaning our air. More than 3000 families have benefitted from the program to date, saving more than $82 million in lifetime electricity costs, and more than 11,000 people have received hands-on solar installation experience. For more information, visit www.gridalternatives.org.
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