News from the Field
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!
GRID Alternatives, in partnership with the PG&E Pacific Energy Center and NorCal Solar, hosted its 3rd annual Solar Jobs Fair in conjunction with the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The event connected over 250 job seekers with nearly 20 actively hiring solar companies from around the Bay Area.
The GRID Oakland offices looked like a scene from a high school movie on Tuesday: 37 high school students from the SunPower Solar Science Academy were here to learn about, what else - solar!
White House and other government officials gathered at GRID Alternatives solar installation in East Baltimore to announce a series of commitments around solar in low-income communities, including a major new investment in our SolarCorps Program through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Leading women volunteer alongside youth job trainees to bring solar energy to the Menjivar family.
Sustainable building research students from the Rosebud Sioux Nation in South Dakota volunteered on a solar installation in Arvada, Colorado in June. The students participated in the month-long Sustainable Building Research and Mentoring Program for Tribal youth hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder where they learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable housing, and building systems.
It has been a good week for 74-year-old Leonard Wills, an Army Vet who has lived in Baltimore just about his whole life. On Tuesday, he was recognized by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as one of Batimore’s “Top Neighborhood Dads” an annual honor given to “strong and dedicated Baltimore men who play an active role in making their communities better, safer, and stronger.” And on Thursday he stood in front of cameras again as a solar pioneer, the first in East Baltimore’s C.A.R.E. community to go solar with GRID Alternatives thanks to a 10-home pilot, in partnership with the city, that also includes cool roof installations and a battery back-up system on the local community center.
Magnificent red sandstone bluffs dotted with juniper and pinon trees set against expansive blue sky to form a stunning backdrop for a recent solar PV install on Mary Benally’s home in the Mexican Water Chapter of the Navajo Nation in Southeastern Utah. The project was a result of a collaboration between DesignBuildBLUFF, GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Program and the Mexican Water Chapter House to bring clean renewable energy to the Benally family.