Bay Area News
The counties that the Rosebud Sioux reservation encompasses are among the poorest in the nation, with unemployment rates as high as 83 percent, and as much as three quarters of the employed population still living under the poverty line. Winter is always the worst, with frigid temperatures, ice and snow limiting already-scarce work opportunities, and sending electricity bills skyrocketing. This year, though, a beacon of hope for some relief is taking shape in the form of a solar array on the home of tribal member Karen Spotted Tail.
GRID Alternatives launches its Tribal Solarthon in partnership with four tribes across the country to provide solar power and solar job training to tribal residents and put a spotlight on energy and economic issues in Native American communities.
We partnered up with SEIA to host the first ever job fair at Solar Power International, one of the world's largest solar conferences and trade shows, to connect our volunteers to hiring employers. With more than 30 employers and 400 job seekers, the day was a huge success!
From the rooftop of a formerly condemned home in Camden, NJ, one of the nation's most economically disadvantaged communities, you won't see much solar. But that's about to change thanks to a new partnership with NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their comnunities.
GRID Alternatives’ Bay Area team is excited to announce that this year’s Bay Area Solarthon will take place in Richmond, CA on September 26th! Solarthon is GRID’s flagship community installation event, bringing together homeowners, volunteers, corporate sponsors and job-trainees to install solar for multiple low-income families in one day. This year, GRID is proud to host our second Solarthon in Richmond CA, a diverse and historically-rich community in the East Bay that while once was a center of industry, is now best known for high rates of crime, poverty, and pollution.
We are teaming up with Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to provide a dedicated space for job seekers and solar companies to connect at Solar Power International, the largest solar conference in North America!
This summer, GRID Alternatives’ Bay Area hosted two awesome student interns, Diane and Julia, in the Outreach Department of our Oakland office. The students both had busy summers in the office, and we are incredibly grateful to them for their efforts on behalf of GRID! Check out what Diane and Julia got up to this summer below!
The small Humboldt County city of Arcata is known for environmental firsts. From being the first city in the U.S. to have a Green Party majority city council, to building a living wastewater treatment system atop an old solid waste dump, Arcata embraces new ways of thinking and acting on behalf of the environment.
GRID Alternatives, in partnership with the PG&E Pacific Energy Center and NorCal Solar, hosted its 3rd annual Solar Jobs Fair in conjunction with the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco. The event connected over 250 job seekers with nearly 20 actively hiring solar companies from around the Bay Area.