Los Alamos, Nov. 5, 2015 – Five low-income families are expected to together save more than $100,000 in power bills over the lifespan of the new solar energy systems in their new Self-Help Homes. The new systems were installed by volunteers as part of a partnership between GRID Alternatives Central Coast and Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH).
Organizations, volunteers and donors recently came together for the Central Coast Solarthon 2015. The event benefited the families who, as part of PSHH’s Self-Help Builder program, built much of their own homes that are located along Newman Lane and Hill and Coiner streets. The families spent the last one and a half years building their homes.
“We don’t want to just put roofs over heads; we want to make sure these low-income families have everything they need to succeed for years to come,” said John Fowler, PSHH President/CEO. “It’s been great to partner with GRID Alternatives and see the community come together to help give these families a jumpstart that’s going to help them put aside money for college funds and necessities to really flourish.”
Sponsors and fundraisers included Sunrun, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, NRG, Rabobank/Cal Poly Clubs and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Volunteers included Cal Poly San Luis Obispo clubs: Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Club, Emerging Green Professionals, International Student Volunteers, Society of Women Engineers, Systems Optimization Club and Alpha Rho Chi, as well as Troops for Solar from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Over their lifetime, the five installed solar systems are expected to together save $100,000 in electricity bills and prevent the emission of 348 tons of greenhouse gasses – the equivalent of planting more than 1 million trees.
Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled, and the formerly homeless. With more than 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,600 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit www.pshhc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (805) 781-3088.