GRID in the News

A new partnership in New York City is tackling the technical and financial obstacles that keep solar financing away from low-income housing.

EAST VILLAGE — A supportive housing organization has teamed up with a trio of clean energy groups to bring solar panels to the roof of one of its shelters, allowing it to cut down on energy costs and funnel more funds into services for low-income locals.

For those who are ready to flip the switch, GRID Alternatives is the nation's largest solar energy non-profit organization — and the Bronx-based company installs solar panels for little to no cost.

In his years of skateboarding, Abdu Rodney has had the run of Brooklyn. He has jumped the stone steps at Cadman Plaza, between the federal district courthouse and the Brooklyn Bridge, and suffered sprained joints and lacerated skin, attending much of high school covered in a shifting cartography of scrapes and bruises.

Miguel Rodriguez’s new interview attire — shiny black shoes; dapper white, blue and black dress shirts; three handkerchiefs; and three regimental-striped ties — led not to a position on Wall Street, but to a job installing solar panels on city roofs. And that is just the way he likes it.

As GRID moves over to the Bronx local reporters want to see what all the buzz is about.

When NYCEDC participated in a GRID install they discovered an organization that promotes both environmental and economic justice. 

What nonprofit asks low-income people to don hard hats and safety harnesses and scramble up on roofs? GRID Alternatives does.

Some Far Rockaway, Queens, families whose homes were damaged in Superstorm Sandy will soon have lower electric bills for their renovated homes.

Residential solar power has become increasingly affordable over the past few years but the barriers to entry can still be too high for low-income communities, which is where solar non-profits like GRID Alternatives come in.

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