Yingli Green Energy Americas has signed a contract to become the official solar module provider for non-profit solar installer GRID Alternatives. The agreement will also see the firms join forces to install 1MW of solar energy systems for 400 low-income families across the state of California.
A mixture of donated – the largest offering since GRID was founded 10 years ago – and market-priced modules will be used on the projects, which will generate US$10 million of renewable energy over their lifespans. Yingli also claim the developments will create dozens of jobs and training opportunities in the solar installation sector.
“Social responsibility is a key pillar in our mission, and we're very proud to announce this partnership with GRID Alternatives,” said Robert Petrina, managing director of Yingli Americas. “At Yingli, we believe in making solar power an affordable option for everyone, and addressing our local underserved communities is an important step in achieving this – we're delivering clean energy and job training where it's required most.”
“GRID Alternatives is grateful to Yingli for helping us make solar power available to the working families that need the savings the most, while helping build the clean energy workforce of the future,” said Erica Mackie, executive director and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. “We are also proving that if solar is a viable technology for low-income families, it can work for anyone anywhere.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership – which is the first of its kind in our organization's history – and commend Yingli Americas for their vision and dedication to helping disadvantaged communities in the U.S.”