“Solar power has so many benefits for disadvantaged communities. It reduces pollution, helps financially strapped families live more affordably in their homes, and provides career opportunities for people who need good jobs,” said Erica Mackie, co-founder of GRID Alternatives.
“Achieving a transition to clean energy takes all of us, and we’re grateful for Tesla’s contribution to this work.”
Tesla’s donation of a 569 kW solar system also included approximately 15,000 hours of job training to support GRID Alternatives network of area worker volunteers. “Volunteering on a solar installation with GRID Alternatives is a great way to give back to your community while getting hands-on with solar technology.” reads the description for GRID’s Solar Installation Training Programs. Tesla will also further its role by partnering with GRID to match job openings with qualified trained professionals.
Tesla’s donation helps GRID further its goal of providing sustainable solar energy, energy cost savings and valuable hands-on solar experience to low-income families in the United States.
The Oakland-based company has installed almost 9,000 systems, resulting in $269,862,115 in lifetime savings and 33,528 participants trained.
Tesla’s generous donation aligns with their commitment to provide consumers with an affordable sustainable energy option, both on a residential level and commercial level. Already, the company has begun working with corporations like Home Depot and General Electric on solar powered energy systems.
Tesla has even expanded into the education sector, having partnered with colleges from around the world to provide cost-reducing energy storage.
The company recently produced a video detailing its role in leveraging a 100 kW solar system at The Cathedral College to charge and stores energy during the day, and powers a dormitory at night for roughly five hours per night.
Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have made charitable donations in the past, pledging $37.5 million to Nevada’s public education system in 2014.
The solar donation can be seen as another positive step as Tesla works to increase solar energy usage around the world.