SMA America is now a national equipment supplier for GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer. The partnership will build on the organizations’ mutual goals to extend access to clean, affordable energy technologies in communities across the United States. SMA will do in-kind equipment donations as well as trainings for installers. The organizations plan to work together into the future to improve access to renewable energy for low-income communities and communities of color in the United States and internationally.
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“The equipment donations help accelerate the transition to clean energy in the United States and internationally,” said Charles Ellis, vice president of sales with SMA America. “This will drive financial and environmental benefits in communities that need it most.”
The mission of GRID Alternatives is to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy.
“We used SMA’s equipment during some of our first solar installations over fifteen years ago,” says Tim Sears, COO of GRID Alternatives. “We are thrilled that we now have a partnership that will continue to bring renewable energy technology to all communities, putting energy savings back into families’ pockets.”
SMA’s support will help GRID Alternatives meet its 2021 overall goals of bringing over ten megawatts of clean energy to low-income communities and communities of color, while training 1,000 individuals in solar installation. SMA America will also dedicate Solar Academy training resources to make sure installers are fully informed about how best to use the solutions.
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