American Family Housing (AFH), a nonprofit organization that provides housing and related services to low-income and homeless families and adults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, announced the addition of a 44.5-kWdc solar carport system to its Potter’s Lane project in Midway City, California.
GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar energy installer and job trainer, will install solar panels over the newly constructed carports at Potter’s Lane.
“Potter’s Lane is an innovative community, and we’re proud to be installing multifamily solar for the veterans who live here,” said Michael Kadish, executive director of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles. “Wells Fargo and AFH have partnered with us to bring clean energy’s benefits to those who need them most.”
Potter’s Lane is a permanent supportive housing community that uses repurposed shipping containers to create apartments for homeless military veterans.
AFH estimates that the carport solar system will offset 94% of Potter’s Lane electricity consumption, saving an estimated $20,600 within the first year after installation, while giving local men and women a pathway into Southern California’s booming clean energy workforce.
“With a core mission to provide solar energy to underserved communities, GRID Alternatives was a natural fit for our project,” said Milo Peinemann, CEO of AFH. “What’s even better is GRID Alternatives will use this project as a classroom environment for veterans seeking a career in solar installation.”
Wells Fargo Foundation provided essential funding for both the carports and the solar system.
“Wells Fargo is proud to partner with AFH and GRID Alternatives to provide energy savings for our veterans and to invest in career pathways to green technology jobs,” said Marcia Choo, vice president, Wells Fargo Community Relations.
News item from American Family Housing