Saying Goodbye to our New York Tri-State Team

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October 09, 2017

Last week, GRID Alternatives made the difficult decision to wind down production operations in the Tri-State region covering New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and close our physical office in the Bronx once our current solar projects have been completed. This move, made in the wake of a recent Federal trade case decision that creates uncertainty around future solar panel prices, will allow us to focus our resources on areas with strong low-income solar policies in place, where we can have the greatest impact for under-served communities. While it is a sad time for us as we say goodbye to our friends and colleagues who have worked so hard to further our mission, we believe this move will make GRID a more resilient and sustainable organization over the long-term and position us for further growth.

GRID Tri-State will continue to operate as a board-driven organization that will focus on advocating for strong low-income solar policies that would allow us to staff back up in the future. We will also continue to offer no-cost solar technical assistance to multifamily affordable housing owners throughout the region, and help owners who want to move forward with projects bid them out to other local solar contractors. At the national level, GRID Alternatives is working with the solar industry to oppose any action by the Trump Administration that would increase the price of solar panels and negatively impact the growth of solar jobs. We ask that you all join us in continuing this fight at the state and federal level. Make your voice heard with your policymakers and join SEIA's national #savesolarjobs campaign.

GRID extends our deepest gratitude to Peter Mandelstam, our Tri-State Executive Director, and his team for all their good work, as well as all the volunteers, trainees, and supporters who have been a part of our Tri-State community.