This month, GRID celebrated a major milestone -- 10,000 solar installations for low-income families! Each and every one of those projects has a story behind it, from the very first installation for the Cubas family in San Francisco, who wired their own inverter and fed us all pupusas; to the Wade family in San Francisco whose system powers life-saving medical equipment; to Joan, a retired senior in Colorado who is getting financial relief from our newest community solar project. Together, our first 10,000 installations comprise a 42 megawatt, distributed clean energy power plant that’s saving families millions of dollars and cleaning up the air we all breathe.
Yet, in the years since we started GRID in 2004, the urgency for equitable solutions to climate change has only grown. Severe storms, sea level rise, and extreme temperatures are hitting low-income communities and communities of color the hardest. So after we celebrate the progress we’ve made together, we’re ramping up our work in every direction: doing more and bigger projects, helping open new states to solar, and making sure that communities most impacted by climate change are the first to benefit from clean energy.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of our journey so far, and especially those of you who contributed to our successful $10K for 10K fundraising campaign. Your gifts will help us bring solar to more frontline communities, train job seekers, and advance an equitable transition to clean energy.
We look forward to building our next 10,000 solar projects alongside you!
Tim Sears and Erica Mackie
GRID Alternatives Co-Founders