Policy

The Solar industry had the second largest quarter in US History based on a recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) — installing over 2.3 gigawatts of solar PV — and is expected to grow to 12 gigawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2017. GRID Alternatives contributed to this growth as the largest nonprofit solar organization in the industry, with nearly 1,200 systems installed in 2017. GRID is also an innovative industry leader through the development of our Multifamily Affordable Solar Program. Our teams assist developers and governmental agencies in providing renewable energy solutions to individuals who live in multifamily structures such as apartment complexes.
Thanks to more than two dozen stellar panelists and keynote speakers who contributed to making our September 14 event a step forward for energy equity in L.A.!
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) plays a big role in GRID’s work to bring solar to low-income families in California, but it isn’t often that CPUC staffers themselves get to see that work in action. But earlier this month, six CPUC staffers got to spend a day installing solar with GRID!
On November 8th, California voters once again go to the polls, choosing elected officials from local mayors to President of the United States.
Watch our new powerful short film about solar’s potential to transform disadvantaged communities by lowering energy costs, providing pathways to employment and reducing pollution.
Across the District of Columbia, 42 families are now benefiting from the financial savings that solar power provides, thanks to a partnership between GRID Alternatives and The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic just finished up these solar installations in DC this summer through DCSEU’s Affordable Solar Program. GRID was chosen to be one of the program’s primary solar installers. The DCSEU’s Affordable Solar Program just completed its fifth year, and has already begun work on next year’s projects.
Everyone was standing under the shade of the trees to stay out of the scorching sun. When Tommy Wells of DC’s Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) started speaking, groups gathered close together under tents to hear him introduce the signing of the Renewable Portfolio Energy Standard Expansion Act of 2016 (RPS), which was introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh and was signed into law on July 25th, 2016, by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
GRID is excited to be part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, announced today to ensure that every family in the United States has access to solar energy.
Top energy policymakers, federal legislators and state and local energy experts came out in New York and Washington D.C. this week to help us celebrate the release of our new Low-Income Solar Policy Guide! Developed in partnership with Vote Solar and the Center for Social Inclusion, the guide gives a comprehensive overview of proven policies and program models for expanding access to solar power and solar jobs around the country.
We're excited to break ground on 5 new community solar projects in Colorado! Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Energy Office, we'll be working with 5 local utility companies to install 579 kW of solar designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households.

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