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Low-income households can qualify for solar-electric systems

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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency is teaming with a partner to finance and install solar-electric systems for 10 to 16 low-income homeowners in the Roaring Fork Valley.

CORE is working with the nonprofit GRID Alternatives Colorado to supply low-cost alternative energy to up to 16 households and to provide hands-on training on installing solar electric systems to an estimated 150 to 320 people.

“GRID Alternatives installs solar electric systems exclusively for low-income homeowners, using a volunteer barn raising model that gives community members, students, and job trainees the opportunity to install a system from start to finish, said a news release from the organizations. “Under their business model, they raise the money to pay for the solar systems for low-income homeowners within 80 percent of the Area Median Income. The average GRID system saves each family $20-25,000 over the lifetime of the system.”

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