Solar Spring Break

Environmental and social justice fellows from around the Bay Area met with UC Berkeley students at a first ever Fellowship Summit in Oakland, California. The event was created and organized by Bay Area SolarCorps Fellow, Gwen Chang.
GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break is a service-learning program that gives college students from around the country the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar in underserved communities while learning how the power of the sun can bring real-world benefits to real-world economic problems. GRID Bay Area hosted a group of 11 UC Berkeley students for one week at the end of March. Solar Spring Break participants Sabina Mahavni and Taeri Song highlight their experience in this guest blog.
I learned that you don’t need a big space to make a big impact on a community. This entire week was amazing because I felt like part of a team and included in something bigger than myself..,.
Once they arrived at their installs in Long Beach, both teams saw the lessons they learned on previous days brought to life!
GRID’s Solar Spring Break is a national alternative break program that has grown from six schools in 2014 to 22 schools in 2019, creating opportunities for students to make a difference in low-income communities while getting hands-on training in renewable energy.
Solar Spring Break kicked off earlier this month. We caught up with Rionna Octaviano, a student from University of Nevada, Reno who was headed off to her fourth Solar Spring Break!
Joseph first heard about GRID Alternatives seven years ago from Lisa Castilone, GRID IE’s Tribal Manager and Outreach Coordinator. After a presentation about job training opportunities and the solar programs that GRID Alternatives offers, Joseph realized the potential impacts that no-cost solar could have for himself and his tribe.
As we glance back at 2018, there are many positive achievements that GRID can be thankful for here in the IE.
This Veterans Day we look back on our Solar Spring Break in Sacramento with the Veteran Conservation Corp (VCC) and our interview with veteran Kim Pham, a former GRID volunteer and VCC internship coordinator.

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