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This past Saturday, Melvin Ray Jackson, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, welcomed a special group of visitors to his Richmond home: local veteran leaders who joined GRID staff to install 4.25 kw of solar. The install, a part of GRID’s Troops to Solar Program, will save the Jackson’s more than $1,600 each year!
It was a good day for solar jobs here at GRID Bay Area. It started with an email from an employer partner saying they just hired one of our trainees. Then came the news from local job training partner,Rising Sun Energy Center (Rising Sun), that out of a group of 10 that had just days ago finished a two-week long solar installation training with GRID, 4 trainees had been hired into solar positions and even more already had interviews lined up. That gives us a lot to celebrate!
Welcome to the next installment of our new Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to introduce you to some of our amazing staff members here at GRID Bay Area! This month we’d like to introduce you to one of our two new SIS's in Training, Amy. Her history includes adventures both abroad and at home, dedicated activism to stop oil drilling in the Pacific Northwest and expertise in electric work as crew lead for GRID partner, Habitat for Humanity East Bay. Thoughtful and warm, you're sure to learn a ton when you're on the roof with Amy. Keep checking back to meet more fabulous GRID Bay Area staffers!
GRID Alternatives recently kicked off an exciting new
On the chilly first weekend in April, a group of seven women set out for a long drive and a one-of-a-kind experience: GRID’s Camp Solar. The weekend would include camping on the beautiful coast, exploring and hiking, local breweries and, most importantly, installing solar for the Soria family in Fort Bragg alongside GRID’s Willits-based North Coast team. The team was led by GRID Team Leader and solar industry professional, Ashley Gremel, who organized the group to raise money for a good cause and give back in a community that needs it most.
23 SunPower employee volunteers were on site in March to help bring solar to Marcus Garvey Commons--a 22-unit multifamily development in West Oakland.
For many renters on limited incomes, access to solar - and it’
Nine Mendocino College students installed a 20-panel PV solar system for a member of Pinoleville Pomo Nation residing in a culturally-inspired and sustainability-minded prototype home.