Home solar program delivers sun-powered energy to its 10th low-income homeowner in Belle Haven

by Contributed Content on August 23, 2016

Menlo Spark, Facebook, and GRID Alternatives Bay Area have completed solar power installations for 10 low-income homeowners in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. Additional funding from Facebook will bring clean, renewable energy to 15 more homes in this community.

With the tenth solar installation, the program, which began in March of this year with help from the City of Menlo Park, will have installed 32kW of solar power, saving over $6,000 per year for those homeowners and reducing over 300 tons of carbon emissions.

“This is very good for us, since we are retired and it will help us save on our electricity,” said Ruben Berumen, recipient of new solar panels on his Belle Haven home. “We are very grateful!”

solar home in Belle Haven project crew

“The City of Menlo Park believes every family, regardless of their economic status, should enjoy the opportunity to reduce their energy costs and reinvest in their families’ futures,” said City Council Member Ray Mueller, who helped alert Belle Haven residents to the program. “What better way to do that, than with clean, solar power.”

“We’re pleased that through our partnership with Menlo Spark and GRID Alternatives, ten homes in Belle Haven have onsite renewable energy that has reduced the local demand for fossil fuels and created green jobs,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook’s sustainability and community outreach manager. “This is just the beginning, and we look forward to serving our community through great partnerships such as this one.”

“This project empowers local home-owners to be a part of our clean energy future, help our city become more sustainable, and cut utility bills for families who need those savings the most,” said Diane Bailey, executive director of Menlo Spark. “We’re grateful to Facebook for investing in the community and supporting clean energy jobs.”

Facebook’s sponsorship, along with funding from the California Public Utilities Commission’s Single Family Affordable Solar Homes Program, will help 15 more families, bringing the total to 25 solar homes saving an estimated $600,000 over the next 25 years.

Families interested in qualifying for this solar program and businesses interested in sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can visit http://www.gridalternatives.org or contact GRID Alternatives at (510) 731-1310 or baoutreach@gridalternatives.org.

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