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Grant program brings free solar panels to East LA homes

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During a time when the use of solar energy in America is at an all-time high, a new community development program has retrofitted nearly 90 homes in East L.A. with solar panels, attic insulation and a tankless water heater.

As reported by CBS Los Angeles, the Community Development Block Grant program provided the upgrades for free to single-family homes with an income of less than $67,000 in the L.A. County’s 1st District. The grant operator, Enterprise Community Partners, estimate the panels will eliminate 1200 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over their 30-year lifespan.