Improving Lives with Solar Power

It was a sweltering 110 degrees on the roof, but that didn’t deter the Applied Materials employees who volunteered to install solar panels on two homes in a modest San Jose neighborhood recently. Gallons of water, ample sunscreen, and plenty of breaks under highly-coveted shade trees fortified the volunteers who worked alongside students from local solar job training programs.

The EarthDay project was one of 30 in California organized by GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit committed to empowering communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. The projects combined, involved 300 volunteers across the state, will provide a lifetime savings of $961,085 for participating families, and is equivalent to planting 76,256 trees to benefit the environment!

Applied volunteers were proud to be part of the effort celebrating EarthDay while improving the way people live in our local community.

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