International Impact Stories

GRID Alternatives is a place of great opportunity, and is a factor that has led to a fulfilling and successful future for many individuals.
We are happy to report that our staff is back to work in Nicaragua!
In September, eight IGS Energy employees traveled to La Misión, Mexico with GRID's International Program to install solar on Door of Faith Orphanage. Elizabeth Lugviel shares her experience in a guest blog post.
On Earth Day 2018, eleven participants traveled to Nepal with GRID Alternatives to install a 1.2 kW off-grid solar system in Chitwan National Park. Here, Marissa Leshnov, GRID Bay Area’s SolarCorps Workforce and Volunteer Fellows, recounts some of the moments that shaped her experience in Nepal’s sub-tropical plains.
In February 2018, GRID Alternatives installed a solar-powered drip irrigation system on the small farm of the Cruz family in the rural community of La Rinconada, Nicaragua. Participant Bob Pashos, a Solar Educator at StraightUp Solar in St. Louis, MO, reflects on his experience installing the project while immersed in Nicaragua for a week with GRID. Here, he shares his daily diary.
"My name is Raymundo de Jesus Villagra Garcia and I’m 63 years old. I was born in the same house where I currently live in the community of San Isidro, in the mountainous northern region of Nicaragua. My parents were one of the first families to come to this community and there were very few inhabitants." Read more about Tío (Uncle) Raymundo, and his leadership in the community.
There are certain meaningful experiences throughout life that compel you to turn inward and reflect. My trip to the rural community of El Pedregal, Nicaragua with GRID Alternatives to work on an improved cookstoves project was my time to reflect on life.
Earlier this month I took an incredible trip with GRID to install a 1.2 kW off-grid solar system in Nepal's Chitwan National Park. Often in the clean energy space, unless you are a developer or installer yourself, you can feel fairly far removed from the technology and often our knowledge of the technical side of the business can be intangible and learned only from drawings and maintenance reports. I wanted to get my hands dirty and help build a system from start to finish.
When Richmond, California resident Ruth Ruiz started her application process with GRID to get solar on her home, she had no idea she was opening the door to electrifying her family’s village in Nicaragua.
Martha Lorena Torres Espinoza (Lorena), and her family lead a typical life in Agua Fria, a rural community in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua, before solar come to their village.

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