November is a time of giving thanks and GRID Alternatives Central Coast would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of our premier supporters, BHE Renewables. BHE Renewables owns Topaz Solar Farms in the Carrisa Plains (San Luis Obispo County) and have been a wonderful supporter in our local community. Their contributions to GRID Alternatives have helped advance our Workforce Development initiatives on the Central Coast and placed a number of job trainees directly in solar jobs.
GRID Central Coast is happy to announce that Solarthon will return in May 2017!
It’s the end of year again, and 2017 is right around the corner! Throughout 2016 we celebrated many accomplishments in the Workforce Department. We continued developing strong relationships with current partners: CET Soledad, CET San Jose, Rancho Cielo, Student Clubs from Cal Poly, and CET Santa Maria. We were also able to collaborate and establish partnerships with new organizations CET Salinas, Central Valley Opportunity Center in Winton, Turning Point Central California, and Youth Ambassadors.
It was a beautiful summer afternoon at Leadbetter Beach in sunny Santa Barbara. Excitement was building as 50 friends and family gathered to wait for their approaching loved ones. Sidewalk chalk drawings and messages adorned the walking paths leading to the group picnic site. Champagne was chilled and all in attendance waited in anticipation…
Nearly three years ago, Los Banos native Jesse Cortez applied to GRID’s Central Valley office in hopes of receiving a solar system to help with high electric bills. Supporting a wife and 7 children, Jesse wanted some relief from the high cost of utilities in the hot, arid region in Merced County. $500 electric bills were just not affordable. He knew the benefits of solar and that the climate where he lived was a perfect match!
GRID Alternatives Central Coast is pleased to announce the certification of 4 new team leaders working to install solar for low income families. The Team Leader program was developed for “super volunteers” – volunteers who attend repeated solar installations with our team- working towards mastery of a checklist of installation skills. It takes time, patience and dedication to achieve team leader status and these solar hotshots have certainly earned their coveted orange shirts!
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.
On Friday, June 10, a team of eight SnapNrack employee volunteers from up and down the California coast came out with GRID in Atascadero to install a 2.6kW system for the Bernal family.
Five thousand miles, eleven GRID Alternatives offices, and one trusty bike. In early April, Michael Johnson-Chase set off on a cycling adventure that would take him from coast to coast and connect him with GRID staff, volunteers and clients across the country.
This week we’re celebrating solar! The U.S. has officially surpassed an exciting and historic milestone: 1 million solar installations. Solar advocates and supporters across the country are spreading the word that we are #MillionSolarStrong as part of a national campaign led by SEIA.