Green@Home to Grid Ready

Acterra's Green@Home to Grid Ready program helps low-income residents from East Palo Alto and Belle Haven (East Menlo Park) reduce their home energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Partnering with Grid Alternatives, a national non-profit that trains people to install solar energy systems, Acterra helps eligible homeowners in these two communities reduce their energy bills up to 90 percent through the installation of basic energy-saving devices and solar panels.

As part of Acterra’s latest Strategic Plan, this program's aim is to address the needs of low-income residents to make the transition to a renewable energy economy. While Grid Alternatives installs solar panels at no cost to residents with funding from California’s “cap and trade” program, Acterra’s funding comes from the Palo Alto Community Fund and a generous Acterra member. Acterra is also partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide low-cost roof repairs if needed to do the solar installation.

The follwing three components work together to engage and educate east-of-Bayshore residents about how to save energy in their homes: 

·     Home energy visits by trained volunteers for both renters and homeowners to install basic energy-saving devices and share ideas for reducing wasted energy.

·     Do-it-yourself workshops where renters and homeowners learn through hands-on activities how to install and use the cost-free energy-saving devices they take home and install in their own homes.

·     A neighborhood canvass to engage homeowners in Grid Alternative’s state-funded free solar program. Acterra’s program staff can to assist residents in determining their program eligibility and with filling out application forms.

Acterra welcomes volunteers to participate in all aspects of this program. Please contact Violet Saena at for information. 

You can also make an online donation today, by designating your gift to the Energy Program, and writing "Green@Home to Grid Ready" in the comments section of the gift form.