RGS Energy and GRID Alternatives to Install 10 Solar Electric Systems for Low-Income Families Nationwide
RGS Energy employees will volunteer throughout 2014 to install solar for 10 low-income families in California, Colorado, New Jersey and New York
LOUISVILLE, Colo., April 4, 2014 -- RGS Energy
residential, commercial, and utility customers, and GRID Alternatives, the
nation's largest non-profit solar installer, have launched a new partnership
to help bring solar power to low-income communities across the country.
RGS Energy employees will volunteer throughout 2014 to install solar for 10
low-income families in California, Colorado, New Jersey and New York, while
providing philanthropic support to help GRID Alternatives continue to
expand. Each solar project will take one to two days to be installed.
The planned deployments represent RGS Energy's continued support of GRID
Alternatives' mission to provide solar power systems to low-income families,
and follows RGS Energy's participation in two successful GRID Alternatives
Solarthon events in 2013. RGS Energy's nationwide partnership with GRID
Alternatives provides its employees an opportunity to give back to their
communities in a meaningful way through volunteering their installation
"Thanks to the generous contribution of RGS Energy's regional teams and our
other partners, we're able to bring to these low-income families the
financial and environmental benefits of solar power," said Erica Mackie,
co-founder and CEO of GRID Alternatives.
GRID Alternatives will be providing the solar system equipment as donated by
equipment manufactures and other partners, with the systems expected to save
the 10 families 70% on their energy bills or as much as $190,000
collectively over the next 30 years. The new systems will also provide
environmental benefits by substantially reducing the families' 'carbon
"We have been a strong supporter of GRID Alternatives since 2010," said
Bryan Conklin, the vice president of marketing at RGS Energy. "Our
partnership with GRID Alternatives is a terrific way for us to give back to
the communities that have helped RGS Energy grow to become one of the
nation's leading solar energy providers over the last 36 years.
These new projects further our philosophy and mission that everyone in the
nation should be beneficiaries of solar power, no matter their economic
About GRID AlternativesGRID 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
4,000 families have benefited from the program to date, saving $110 million
in lifetime electricity costs, and more than 15,000 people have received
solar training. GRID Alternatives has offices throughout California, in
Denver, CO, and in New York, serving the tri-state region. For more
information, visit www.gridalternatives.org.
About RGS EnergyRGS Energy (Nasdaq:RGSE) is one of the nation's pioneering
solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility
customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold to
the public in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 19,000
solar power systems representing well over
170 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. RGS Energy makes it very
convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a
comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and
installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support.
As one of the nation's largest and most experienced solar power players, the
company has 17 offices across the West and the Northeast.
For more information, visit RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/rgsenergy and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rgsenergy.
RGS Energy is a trade name and RGS Energy makes filings with the Securities
and Exchange Commission under its official name "Real Goods Solar, Inc."