The organization, GRID Alternatives, says it can save these low-income homeowners about $75 a month.
"The systems that we're installing are going to save families money, and the way that we are doing it is we're taking volunteers and job trainees and training them up on a rooftop to get jobs in the solar industry," GRID Alternatives executive director Erica Mackie said.
GRID Alternatives focuses on low-income families.
"When you think about what we pay for our monthly expenses, low-income families pay a higher percentage on electricity and gas. So, the savings they can get really help them put more money on the table and send their kids to school," Mackie said.
The solar industry is growing throughout the nation and in Colorado, and Mackie said the program is a win-win for everyone.
"Folks need jobs, and so matching those two things together is so important. It's hard to get your first job if you don't have experience. What we're doing is giving people real world experience on a rooftop, in a garage, putting panels up, so they can get jobs in the industry," Mackie said.
GRID Alternatives is a California-based nonprofit. Wells Fargo recently invested $2 million over five years to expand the nonprofit nationally.
"Colorado is the first place we're going to open an office," Mackie said.
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