Tribal Program

California’s first low-income community solar project, a nearly 1-megawatt solar electric system on the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation, broke ground in June of this year and is well into Phase One.
As you exit Highway 101 and drive into Redwood Valley Rancheri
Tim Willink, GRID’s Director of Tribal Programs, gives us an update on what’s going on in Indigenous communities during the pandemic, and the exciting projects in store for the Tribal Program.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) recently broke ground on its largest community-scale solar project to date.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire recently installed solar for four qualified single-family homes on the Chemehuevi reservation in Lake Havasu, California.
In honor of AmeriCorps Week, March 8-14, 2020, we asked a former SolarCorps Fellow about their year of service and how it has influenced their career today. Read on for our interview with Wyatt Atkinson, who served as a SolarCorps Construction Fellow with GRID North Coast and now leads our Tribal Program as the Construction Manager.
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.
After the Cayuse Mountain Fire in 2016 destroyed 14 homes and tens of thousands of acres of Tribal land, the Spokane Tribe decided to invest in energy sovereignty and climate resiliency - with solar power.
Founded in 2018, the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the United States. The fund awards grants for projects that clearly focus on building renewable energy infrastructure, particularly new solar energy projects in tribal communities, that are feasible, cost-effective, and engage broad tribal community participation. Six North Coast tribes had the honor of being awarded Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund grants in the 2019/2020 cycle, making a perfect partnership with GRID Alternatives North Coast, who has been on the ground installing solar in the region since 2011. Read on for 2019 project highlights.

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