Wells Fargo recognized GRID Alternatives role in developing a strong solar workforce in California once again this year with a $100,000 workforce development grant. Thanks to their support, we continue to lose our best volunteer team leaders every day to the solar industry!
There is Jimmy Adauto, a former gang member who turned his life around and got a job working on a solar thermal project after volunteering with GRID in the Inland Empire; Garrett Lees, an Army vet who used his volunteer experience to help him get his solar contractors license and start up his own company in San Diego; Jeff Robinette, a transplant from Alabama who jumpstarted his solar career in the Bay Area by volunteering with GRID, landing a job with GRID sub-contractor partner Verengo Solar; and so many more, who take the skills they get on the rooftop with us and turn them into long-term jobs making the world a better place. This is the third workforce development grant GRID Alternatives has received from Wells Fargo, which has also invested $2 million over 5 years to help us bring solar power and solar jobs to underserved communities in other states.
Photo: GRID Alternatives Team Leader Don Tonic leads Wells Fargo volunteers on an installation in San Diego.