News from the Field
The wide stretches of sparsely populated land in Navajo Nation can make it feel like you’ve stepped back into the past. For residents here, that remoteness comes with a price: many live without electricity. Across the Navajo nation, an estimated 15,000 homes have never been connected to the grid. This week we demonstrated one way to begin addressing this issue with an off-grid solar installation for Vietnam veteran Henry Yazzie.
GRID Alternatives launches its Tribal Solarthon in partnership with four tribes across the country to provide solar power and solar job training to tribal residents and put a spotlight on energy and economic issues in Native American communities.
The Solar Job Fair, held in partnership with PG&E and SunEdison, brought 16 local solar companies to the Manchester Center, seeking resumes and job-seeker information in order to fill an estimated 180 positions, including solar installers, marketers and sales representatives.
We partnered up with SEIA to host the first ever job fair at Solar Power International, one of the world's largest solar conferences and trade shows, to connect our volunteers to hiring employers. With more than 30 employers and 400 job seekers, the day was a huge success!
From the rooftop of a formerly condemned home in Camden, NJ, one of the nation's most economically disadvantaged communities, you won't see much solar. But that's about to change thanks to a new partnership with NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their comnunities.
We are teaming up with Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to provide a dedicated space for job seekers and solar companies to connect at Solar Power International, the largest solar conference in North America!
Wells Fargo has supported GRID’s Workforce Development efforts for the last 5 years, and donated $125,000 this year alone to help us expand the program throughout the state, including efforts such as the job fair that launched Alejandro De Leon’s career in the solar industry.
Unlike other teens, who might prefer to spend their Saturday mornings sleeping, a group of 12 Tulare County High School students used the knowledge they learned at the SunPower Solar Science Academy to join GRID Alternatives to help install a 3kW system on the roof of the Ceja family’s home in Porterville, California.
Stan Greschner was recently named a Climate Champion by Green for All for his work to ensure that people from all communities benefit from the clean energy economy.