The Issue: Increased Energy Costs
The polar vortex caused unusually cold temperatures to sweep south this winter, forcing families to spend more to keep their homes warm. In the face of such climatic events and increasing energy costs, renewable power can be an economic relief, according to the US Department of Energy. But installing solar panels in homes of low-income families not only supplements their total energy needs and cuts down their monthly bills, it also helps protect the environment.
The Campaign: Installing Solar Panels for Low-Income Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by World Wildlife Fund to enable college students to install solar panels in underserved communities. Every $10 raised will support an estimated 10 watts of solar power, which students participating in the GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break will install for low-income families. The campaign's goal is to reach $6,000, which—combined with solar incentives and in-kind donations from manufacturing partners—would cover the cost of one full spring-break project, including training materials for 10–12 students and the installation of equipment for approximately 3,000 watts of solar power for two families in communities served by GRID Alternatives.
All donations received through the Groupon Grassroots campaign in excess of $6,000 shall be used by WWF to offset the cost of additional installations of solar panel systems through the GRID Alternatives Solar Spring Break program.
World Wildlife Fund
For half a century, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has worked to protect the planet's natural environment and promote eco-friendly living. WWF has set a goal to conserve 15 of the world's most ecologically-important regions by the year 2020. The organization aims to achieve these goals in part by focusing its work on priority places—such as the Amazon, Coral Triangle, and Himalayas—and species—such as tigers, rhinos, and marine turtles. Its projects are rooted in science and extensive research, and five million WWF members around the world help enact them for the benefit of both humanity and the planet.
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