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Solarathon 2007


Thanks to everyone who donated, together we helped raise over $30,000 dollars to support clean energy alternatives and empower low income communities. We installed 8 solar electric systems this Saterday with the help of individual volunteers and corporate sponsored teams from Google, SunCity, WaMu, and PG&E. Please read more below for more information about Solarathon 2007 and GRID Alternatives. 


In 2005 residential energy production accounted for the release of more than 2.5 BILLION metric tons of carbon dioxide and another 13 million tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions into the earths atmosphere (1). This was a nearly 20% increase from 1994, an amount which is only increasing more everyday. In the same year, coal (one of the dirtiest methods of generating electricity) accounted for 49.7% of United States electric energy production (2). By contrast renewable energy production accounted for less than 9% on our power supply, only about 1% of which was the result of solar generation (3).

On October 6th, I will be participating in an event called Solarthon 2007 where people from all over the Bay Area will be installing six solar electric systems at a Habitat for Humanity low-income housing development in Oakland. This event is sponsored by GRID Alternatives, a local nonprofit that empowers communities in need with renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. This one-day event will help raise money and awareness for community solar power, help fight global warming, and bring energy savings to low-income families who need it most.

We all know that global warming is a serious issue that demands that we take action now! This is a real, practical project where I can make a difference in changing the way we use energy. The units we install will prevent the release of nearly 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gases every year - the equivalent of planting over 700 trees!  Not only we will be helping low-income working families who are struggling with rapidly rising energy prices, we will also help to show people that solar power is a practical solution for all communities.

Each system we install will save a low-income family over $15,000 in energy costs over the expected lifetime of each system. I will be working directly alongside members of these families as they put their own sweat equity into helping secure energy independence and protect themselves from future spikes in the cost of power.  Please join me in this effort by sponsoring my participation in this project and making a tax-deductible donation to GRID Alternatives.   Many companies will match charitable donations made by employees!  Every little bit helps, and remember your donation is 100% tax deductible!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  And please send this link to anyone you know who you think may be willing to donate, or may be interested in learning more about this great organization. You can donate with a credit card by clicking the link below, or can contact me directly to donate by check.

Thanks for your support,

Jason Salim

You can check to see if your company has a matching program by at, if you can't find your company on the list, be sure to ask.

If you are interested in participating in Solarathon 2007 or want more information about GRID Alternatives and their programs visit their website, or give them a call at (415) 839-8437.


Comment Donation
Valerie! that's right! socially progressive!
Rachel K this deserves a serenade
abacinator I'd give more, but I'm seriously poor atm. Seriously. <3 u Pedro!
nancyshmancy Yay for the sun!
Erik Icing on your $600 cake!
Shawn Sami
Mel The Bear is our hero!!!
Valerie & Wayne McDonald Best of luck!
Keri Picolla You're cool.
Kendra Kimball Awesome cause! You're totally radical
Erik Jensen
Jess Watson & Aaron Michels Go Jason!
Jennel McDonald Good luck and keep the sunshine glowing!!
Nacho & Nicole
Senol Akin This is awesome Jason! Glad I could help out.
Jen Hersom
Ayala Levine So cool! Good luck sweetie!!!
JOHN GANNON Thanks for all your support with Jennels Marathon last year. Glad to retun the favor!

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