Bay Area News
Welcome to the next installment of our new Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to introduce you to some of our amazing staff members here at GRID Bay Area! This month we’d like to introduce you to one of our two new SIS's in Training, Amy. Her history includes adventures both abroad and at home, dedicated activism to stop oil drilling in the Pacific Northwest and expertise in electric work as crew lead for GRID partner, Habitat for Humanity East Bay. Thoughtful and warm, you're sure to learn a ton when you're on the roof with Amy. Keep checking back to meet more fabulous GRID Bay Area staffers!
GRID Alternatives recently kicked off an exciting new
On the chilly first weekend in April, a group of seven women set out for a long drive and a one-of-a-kind experience: GRID’s Camp Solar. The weekend would include camping on the beautiful coast, exploring and hiking, local breweries and, most importantly, installing solar for the Soria family in Fort Bragg alongside GRID’s Willits-based North Coast team. The team was led by GRID Team Leader and solar industry professional, Ashley Gremel, who organized the group to raise money for a good cause and give back in a community that needs it most.
23 SunPower employee volunteers were on site in March to help bring solar to Marcus Garvey Commons--a 22-unit multifamily development in West Oakland.
Nine Mendocino College students installed a 20-panel PV solar system for a member of Pinoleville Pomo Nation residing in a culturally-inspired and sustainability-minded prototype home.
Juan Soto, a political refugee from Chile, and his family went solar -- and got a whole new roof -- through a new partnership with GRID and the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing.
“I know that one day, people will tell your story and say that you have changed the world” – Beatrice Sonfack at TechWomen The first day I ever spent on the roof with GRID Alternatives, I happened to look across the freeway and see a few tall houses with all black solar arrays in a row. I realized the GRID customer community - low-income families with access to solar - is small compared to the relatively more privileged community with easy access. GRID’s mission started to resonate, make solar practical and accessible to the people who could truly use it. It’s the reason I became a GRID Team Leader, finishing 14 installs in the last 12 months.
I would like to say thank you to the strong group of volunteers and job trainees that I have met this past year as the Workforce and Volunteer Fellow at GRID Alternatives Bay Area. I am continuously humbled by your heart and passion for the communities we serve and the hope of a cleaner environment. Since I was hired a year ago, together in the Bay Area you have volunteered 3,123 hours, helping us install 134 systems that will save over $3.6 million for the families while preventing nearly 7,519 tons of carbon emissions. This is the carbon offset is the equivalent of planting over 174,906 trees.