Posted on July 19, 2011

Woodland: Habitat for Humanity Homes Get a Boost from PG&E Volunteers

PG&E volunteers

PG&E provides solar systems for Habitat homes throughout the service territory, and company volunteers helped with construction in Woodland.

PG&E joined with Habitat for Humanity and other supporters on July 16 for a celebration to hand over the keys to new homes for two families at the Heidrick Ranch development in Woodland in Yolo County.

The utility donated and installed solar panels for each of the Woodland homes, marking a total of 10 energy-efficient homes for income-qualified families in Yolo County, the Davis Enterprise reported.

“For the last several years, PG&E has provided grants to local Habitat affiliates to enable us to incorporate solar panels into our new construction projects,” said Diana Walker-Smith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Yolo County.

“With their support, Habitat is not just building homes for families with limited incomes but building homes families can afford to maintain and operate,” Walker-Smith added.

Habitat house welcoming

Caritina Villalobos, holding sunflowers, greets friends and family in the kitchen of her new home in Woodland. (Photo courtesy of the Davis Enterprise.)

In addition to PG&E’s contribution, funding for the two Woodland homes came from the city of Woodland, KB Homes, Campbell Soup, The Home Depot, Nugget Markets, Women Build/Ferland Foundation and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

More than 1,200 volunteers also contributed time to help construct the Woodland homes, Walker-Smith said.

Since 2005, PG&E has provided nearly $7 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in northern and central California to fund solar installations through the Solar Habitat program.

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