GRID in the Inland Empire
GRID IE opened its doors in April 2011, and our success is derived from our triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Employment. Each solar project generates three-pronged results: savings for low-income families; hands-on experience for people interested in the solar industry; and environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and raising environmental consciousness. Check out one of GRID IE's solar installations featured on Rancho Cucamonga's "Healthy RC Living."
Why Solarize the Inland Empire?
The Inland Empire covers more than 37,540 square miles and most of the area's population is located in the southwest of San Bernardino County and the northwest of Riverside County. The IE is known as a major manufacturing and shipping hub in California. GRID IE's triple bottom line approach works because the region has among the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the state, and one of the worst air quality rates:
- The current population is over 4.3 million, which makes it the third most populous metropolitan area in the state of California.
- In 2010, poverty levels were 16.4% and 18.1% for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
- Solar power saves families every month on their electricity bills, money they can use to pay the mortgage, feed their families or pay for education.
- In 2012, the number of poor air days due to fine particulate matter was 36 and 26 for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties respectively, California had 16 overall.
- In 2012, the number of poor air quality days due to ozone was 107 and 116 for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties respectively, California had 51 overall.
- Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that does not pollute the air.
- In 2012, unemployment rates were 14.7% and 14.2% for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
- Educational and job training opportunities in the Inland Empire are limited to classroom-based curriculum while employers demand hands-on experience.
- GRID Alternatives provides thousands of hands-on training opportunities to job seekers each year.