Solar Spring Break

As the engineers of the future, we're proud that these Spring Breakers will have a new perspective on energy equity that shapes their values.
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The excitement they felt is a lot like the excitement our California-based trainees, volunteers, and other partners feel almost every day!
GRID Alternatives’ Solar Spring Break (SSB) Program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a national alternative break program that creates opportunities for students to make a difference in low-income communities while getting hands-on training in renewable energy.
Alexis Thomspon was a Solar Spring Break student leader for the University of Michigan teams and is now doing an internship as the Clean Mobility Equity Research Fellow at GRID Alternatives. Read about her experience with Solar Spring Break and how it changed her perspective in solar and renewable energy.
Environmental and social justice fellows from around the Bay Area met with UC Berkeley students at a first ever Fellowship Summit in Oakland, California. The event was created and organized by Bay Area SolarCorps Fellow, Gwen Chang.
GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break is a service-learning program that gives college students from around the country the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar in underserved communities while learning how the power of the sun can bring real-world benefits to real-world economic problems. GRID Bay Area hosted a group of 11 UC Berkeley students for one week at the end of March. Solar Spring Break participants Sabina Mahavni and Taeri Song highlight their experience in this guest blog.
I learned that you don’t need a big space to make a big impact on a community. This entire week was amazing because I felt like part of a team and included in something bigger than myself..,.
Once they arrived at their installs in Long Beach, both teams saw the lessons they learned on previous days brought to life!

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