News from the Field
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.
Sonia Diaz, former Field Project Manager for GRID's Nicaragua office, tells the story of an inspiring student she met in Matagalpa.
In the midst of the Central Valley heat, several Proteus students and community members gathered to help install a 3.27kW solar system on the roof of the Barcellos’ home. A graduate from the local job training program, Proteus, Avelino Barcellos was thrilled to have solar installed by volunteers from GRID Alternatives.
David Green recently participated in his first volunteer trip to install solar in rural Nicaragua. Read his guest blog about his experience installing an off-grid solar system on a Nicaragua school!