Solar Spring Break

For Eddie, welcoming the GRID Colorado team and volunteers to his home in Boulder for the installation of his solar system was like welcoming family.
GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles is excited to have partnered with University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill for the second year in a row to help low income homeowners gain access to solar.
For many students in America, Spring Break is a time for revelry and abandon. This year 27 students from University of Michigan and Arizona State University bucked this trend and instead chose to spend their week of vacation bringing solar power to six Native American families.
Students celebrate spring break while learning about solar systems and the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe...
"On the first day when everyone went up on the ladder, I was one of the people who did not because I have a fear of heights," said Matt, one of the leaders of the group. "So [on the second day] anxiety was kicking in when I got up on the ladder but Drew was so patient and said 'Take your time, if you want to go down you can,' so I got through about an hour, taking measurements and adjusting the railing, and I was able to stay up there."
10 schools, 100 students and 1000s of dollars saved for low income families -- Solar Spring Break is officially on!
There is nothing more challenging than juggling in the rain. However, the rain did not dent the spirit of 39 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) students in the first week of January 2016 as they worked tirelessly in the rain installing two solar systems in Madera, California.
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.
"Solar Spring Break with GRID Alternatives in the Central Coast has been the best week of my life so far!" That's from Abhishek Rao, a graduate student at Arizona State University, who volunteered with us through Solar Spring Break.
The following post is the first part in a series on UC Berkeley's Solar Spring Break with GRID Alternatives. These dedicated students raised money to fund their own volunteer installation experience with GRID, and spent the week learning to install solar and meeting industry leaders. Thanks to Angela Shen, our first guest blogger, for sharing a journal that she kept of her Solar Spring Break experience!

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