GRID partners with White House to open solar access for all

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July 19, 2016

Ida Went Solar (You Can, Too)

Left, GRID Alternatives client Ida Rhyne of Baltimore is featured in the White House video accompanying today's announcement.

GRID is excited to be part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, announced today to ensure that every family in the United States has access to solar energy. 

In addition to the work we do every day bringing solar power and job training to underserved communities, GRID is actively partnering with Federal, state and local governments across the country to help develop policies and programs like those announced today that will open the door to clean power and energy cost savings for the more than 22 million low-income American homeowners and 6 million affordable housing residents.

GRID programs included in today’s announcement include:

  • GRID’s recently launched multifamily technical assistance program, which provides no-cost technical assistance to help multifamily affordable housing managers, owners and developers add solar to their buildings. The program, supported by a grant from The JPB Foundation, supports HUD’s Renew 300 initiative under the President's Climate Action plan.

  • Partnership with The Solar Foundation in the new Solar Training Network, which will support the development of a well-trained and inclusive workforce by connecting trainers, solar employers, and individuals interested in working in the solar industry. Over the next two years, GRID will host 64 solar installation projects for job training organizations throughout the country to provide hands-on training opportunities for their students.

  • Partnership with the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Energy Challenge, Morgan State University, Coppin State University and local job training groups on a program to bring solar to 33 homes in Baltimore. GRID also hosted the Department of Energy, the City of Baltimore and the Maryland Clean Energy Center at one of these installations today to sign an agreement to accelerate the growth of and access to solar and renewable energy jobs and to prepare a roadmap for rapid demonstration and deployment.

  • Participation in the National Community Solar Partnership through our work in Colorado pioneering new models of low-income community solar in partnership with rural utilities and the Colorado Energy Office.

  • SolarCorps, GRID’s national program providing year-long solar fellowships for AmeriCorps members.

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