"You're working with a homeowner thats excited; this may never happen otherwise for them, the workers are excited. Its a win/win for everyone," says volunteer Frank Walters about his volunteer experience with GRID Alternatives.
We did it! In partnership with Peoples Self-Help Housing, all 33 single-family homes in the Templeton Terebinth Lane self-help development have a complete Yingli photovoltaic (PV) system installed by GRID Alternatives.
Terry Blair, one of GRID Alternatives' team leaders who participated in over 25 solar installations benefitting low-income families, passed away over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Terry was part of a family of dedicated volunteers who due to the current economic recession found themselves out of work and looking for a fresh start in the renewable energy sector
Erica Court, a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Oceano, CA was bursting with solar energy Saturday October 20th as more than 150 volunteersindividual sponsors, corporate teams, job trainees and the homeowners themselvesget up on roofs to install solar electric systems for eight low-income families during the GRID Alternatives Central Coast Solarthon.
The Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program provides a foundation for promoting and building a sustainable solar industry in California by making workforce development and job training an integral part of the program. The SASH Program will potentially provide solar installation opportunities to over 120,000 job trainees and volunteers throughout California, totaling more than one million hours of hands-on solar installation experience.
There is excitement here at the Central Coast GRID Alternatives office! On August 23rd, 2011, our then-Outreach Coordinator, Sandra Knapp (currently Development Officer), stood before the Board of Supervisors of San Luis Obispo County and presented a permit fee waiver request. Fortunately, it was approved!
Once again, a partnership between GRID Alternatives and a local employment training center has paid off for someone who wanted to join the ranks of the solar industry. Jon Smith, who attended Cabrillo College of Aptos, has been hired as a solar installer by REC Solar.