It was a beautiful summer afternoon at Leadbetter Beach in sunny Santa Barbara. Excitement was building as 50 friends and family gathered to wait for their approaching loved ones. Sidewalk chalk drawings and messages adorned the walking paths leading to the group picnic site. Champagne was chilled and all in attendance waited in anticipation…
Nearly three years ago, Los Banos native Jesse Cortez applied to GRID’s Central Valley office in hopes of receiving a solar system to help with high electric bills. Supporting a wife and 7 children, Jesse wanted some relief from the high cost of utilities in the hot, arid region in Merced County. $500 electric bills were just not affordable. He knew the benefits of solar and that the climate where he lived was a perfect match!
GRID Alternatives Central Coast is pleased to announce the certification of 4 new team leaders working to install solar for low income families. The Team Leader program was developed for “super volunteers” – volunteers who attend repeated solar installations with our team- working towards mastery of a checklist of installation skills. It takes time, patience and dedication to achieve team leader status and these solar hotshots have certainly earned their coveted orange shirts!
GRID is excited to be part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, announced today to ensure that every family in the United States has access to solar energy.
On Friday, June 10, a team of eight SnapNrack employee volunteers from up and down the California coast came out with GRID in Atascadero to install a 2.6kW system for the Bernal family.
Five thousand miles, eleven GRID Alternatives offices, and one trusty bike. In early April, Michael Johnson-Chase set off on a cycling adventure that would take him from coast to coast and connect him with GRID staff, volunteers and clients across the country.
This week we’re celebrating solar! The U.S. has officially surpassed an exciting and historic milestone: 1 million solar installations. Solar advocates and supporters across the country are spreading the word that we are #MillionSolarStrong as part of a national campaign led by SEIA.
Top energy policymakers, federal legislators and state and local energy experts came out in New York and Washington D.C. this week to help us celebrate the release of our new Low-Income Solar Policy Guide! Developed in partnership with Vote Solar and the Center for Social Inclusion, the guide gives a comprehensive overview of proven policies and program models for expanding access to solar power and solar jobs around the country.
GRID Alternatives Central Coast recently opened a new office to serve low-income homeowners in the Northern part of our territory in Salinas (serving Monterey County, Santa Cruz County, and San Benito County).
Please join us Monday, March 7th as we participate in a benefit at Discretion Brewing in Santa Cruz. Bring your friends, share stories, learn about GRID and drink it up! For every beer purchased all day at Discretion Brewing, GRID Alternatives Central Coast will receive 20% of beer sales. We will share our message about solar power access that includes everyone and it will be a good time for sure!