Women in Solar

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!
A group of ten female students from Columbia University’s Women in Energy Program (WIE) joined GRID Tri-State for a day of solar installation in the Bronx and helped another low-income homeowner go solar.
In her own words, Rhonda Rhoque, a GLA volunteer, shares her story of transitioning into a career in solar.
On a chilly November morning in 2014, GRID completed its first multi-family installation in Fresno, California at the Viking Village Apartments. As one of the volunteers on this project, Cynthia Mancillas discovered her passion for solar installation. “It was a great feeling knowing my family and the rest of community would benefit from the install.
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“Influential, Fun, Academic…” is how Emily Guillen describes volunteering with GRID. She’s an exemplary student from Desert Hot Springs High School’s Renewable Energy Academy of Learning (REAL) and she has no problem getting to work during installations!
Nine Nicaraguan women joined GRID Alternatives and community members of El Guayo, Nicaragua to install solar power on the school. The women were participating in GRID’s first Mujeres del Sol project, an all-Nicaraguan, all-women installation event to both educate and inspire local women in the energy field, and bring power to a community yearning for access to more education and opportunities for themselves and their children.
Cassie is just one hundreds of Veterans who have walked through GRID Alternatives’ training doors to continue serving their communities here at home. This year several of our offices are ramping up partnerships with Veteran service agencies, like The Mission Continues, in an effort to help them learn new skills and gain a foothold in the solar industry.

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