NPHS Partners with GRID Alternatives Inland Empire to Build a Greener Tomorrow
GRID Alternatives Installs First Commercial Solar System at NPHS’ New Headquarters
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Ca. – Two local nonprofits are celebrating important milestones in their green initiatives with the installation of a new solar system for NPHS’ (Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services) new building headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday May 5, 2016. The installation helps NPHS pursue their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, and marks nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives’ first commercial installation. The nonprofits have worked together for several years, concentrating efforts on delivering solar to underserved homeowners in the Inland Empire. Both GRID and NPHS share a common goal of reducing energy costs through green sustainable housing for families who need it the most.
The system for NPHS includes 42 solar panels generating 9.72 kW of power and is expected to save an estimated $93,000 over its 25 year life span. The GRID-installed system represents an expansion of their well-established job training model, using apprentices for the first time on commercial property. “We are excited to showcase our job training program to a nonprofit partner like NPHS,” said GRID Regional Director Bambi Tran. “We share a common interest with NPHS in terms of building stronger communities. The GRID installed system will allow NPHS to expand their commitment to Inland Empire families by allowing them to direct resources on projects as opposed to electric bills.”
Installing GRID’s solar panels at NPHS will offset 33% of NPHS’ total energy consumption. Over the lifespan of the panels, this will offset an estimated 687,442 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to eliminating 1,118,537 miles driven by an average car or planting 5.9 acres of trees. As a LEED Silver certified organization, converting to solar energy will support NPHS’ pursuit of LEED Gold certification, a crowning achievement for becoming an energy efficient commercial building.
GRID and NPHS have been working together for the past three years to serve Inland Empire families. The partnership is based on a common client base and a commitment to make renewable energy available to income qualified homeowners. Since January 2014, GRID has installed four solar panel systems at homes that were acquired, rehabilitated and resold by NPHS to first-time home buyers in communities such as Victorville and Perris. The systems are estimated to collectively generate over $102,000 in savings for the families and will eliminate 265 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. GRID will also be installing systems at NPHS’ new three modular home for-sale development in Chino in 2016.
As part of NPHS’ Green Initiatives, NPHS is also launching the Sojourner Solar Loan to help low to moderate income homeowners afford the cost of owning a solar panel system. This loan offers up to $25,000 for the purchase and installation of solar panels, with only a 3% interest rate – a better option than solar leasing or power purchase agreements.
“As a certified NeighborWorks® America Green Organization, NPHS implements Green Building Standards through its current housing redevelopment projects,” says Clemente Arturo Mojica, President and CEO of NPHS. “This allows homeowners to reduce energy consumption, conserve resources, and create sustainable housing opportunities.” For more information on NPHS’ Green Initiatives, please contact Adam Hicks, VP of Redevelopment Strategies, at (909) 988-5979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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