CHICO, Calif. - A Chico solar business donated 120 unused N95 masks to Enloe Medical Center. They also donated sanitizing wipes.
Alternative Energy Systems (AES), a North Valley-based solar installer and servicer, donated the masks to help the healthcare workers who need them during this time of potential shortage.
Company officials said they were adhering to the California Governor's stay-at-home mandate, so do not need the masks for their own business right now.
The company laid off over 60 percent of its staff by canceling all of their installation work, which was not deemed to be "essential." The business is maintaining its solar/storage consultations appointing and planning for specific solar, battery storage and generator needs. These appointments are now all being conducted virtually instead of in person at home or in their retail showroom.
Tim Hamor and Lance McClung, who started the Chico-based company in 2003, said to properly help the community, it was best to limit their public-facing activities, even though many other companies are still using what they call the "construction" loophole in the executive order.
We are looking forward to being out in the public installing our products as soon as it is safe to do so, the owners said.