March 2018
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Expanding Access to Solar in Rancho Cucamonga

The advantages of solar power are now more accessible than ever for families.

The City partnered with GRID Alternatives, a local community-based nonprofit that makes renewable energy more accessible. The group offers low-income families the opportunity to have solar energy installed on their homes, thanks to Cap and Trade funding from the State of California.

To qualify for the program, applicants must own and live in their home, live in a qualified section of the city, meet certain income requirements, and pass a roof inspection. Qualified sections of Rancho Cucamonga include most neighborhoods below Foothill Boulevard. The process requires no money from the homeowner, and requires no loans, liens, or credit checks.

The GRID Alternatives Program recently helped local homeowners, Mike and Suzy Weaver, who have been retired for just over a year. They have owned their home for 35 years. Mike and Suzy Weaver read about the City partnership with GRID Alternatives in a previous issue of the Grapevine. Suzy's brother took advantage of a similar program in a nearby city and she thought, "Well, I better apply too!"

After submitting the application, Suzy said, "I got a quick response from GRID Alternatives and things have moved smoothly ever since." This unique opportunity allowed the Weaver's to have a solar powered system installed on their roof without cost, loans, or liens. Their new solar powered system also comes with a 20-year warranty.

A solar powered system could significantly help reduce your electric bills. To find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the GRID Alternatives program please call (951) 465-2864, or visit www.gridsolar.org.