In the fall of 2012, thirty Wells Fargo employees sporting red volunteer shirts descended on a small Habitat for Humanity community in Lakeview, Colorado, and got to work with GRID Alternatives installing solar on the rooftops of four homes. Wells Fargo’s California-based employees had been volunteering with GRID for years, but for these volunteers, it was a first. Thanks to a five-year, $2 million national expansion grant their company awarded to GRID earlier that year, GRID was doing its very first out-of-state projects, and the Colorado volunteers were thrilled to be the first ones out on the roof in their home state. Fast forward to 2017, and GRID is operating in ten states, tribal communities nationally, and in Nicaragua and Nepal, and pioneering new models for delivering solar to underserved communities across the globe.
Jan 2017 update: We're excited to work with Wells Fargo for another four years under a renewed philanthropic partnership! The $2 million grant will continue to seed our national expansion efforts, in addition to supporting innovative low-income solar business models country and an expansion of our existing Solar Spring Break program.