Community Solar

Joyce White has lived on the Bishop Paiute Tribal Reservation all her life.
COVID-19 has impacted everything we do, and the new normal is yet to come. GRID’s Installation Basics Training (IBT 200) program is no exception; the impact of the pandemic lowered our training class frequency and class sizes dramatically.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) was joined by tribal partner Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians and Anza Electric Cooperative Inc. recently to celebrate the completion of California’s first low-income community solar project with a ribbon-cutting.
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribe received funding from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) and partnered with GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) to provide solar for three single family homes.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) was awarded funding from the​ ​Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund​ (TSAF) to solarize eight homes on the Chemehuevi Tribal Reservation in Lake Havasu, California. Of the eight low-income homes these tribal families will receive solar, four have already been installed.
GRID Alternatives was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a microgrid community solar project and battery backup system on the Soboba Band of Cahuilla and Luiseño Indian Tribe Reservation in San Jacinto, Calif.
GRID Alternatives continues to make a huge impact on the communities we serve, despite this challenging Covid-19 pandemic year. Here’s an overview of GRID Alternative Inland Empire’s (GRID IE) accomplishments in 2020:
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) and the City of Ontario partnered in the beginning of 2020 to launch TCC Ontario Solar Homes Initiative & Neighborhood Empowerment (SHINE) Program.
Our policy team is pushing for a more just, equitable future powered by renewable energy. Read our summer update.

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