Native American tribes have been installing solar at least since 1987. To advance this work, GRID Alternatives has launched a Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund with a $5 million commitment from Wells Fargo.
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As the US works toward producing more renewable energy, recent solar industry data points to the impacts when women and other underrepresented groups are offered a “classroom in the field,” or hands-on solar career experiences.
As Colorado works toward producing more renewable energy, one Colorado nonprofit is working to make the industry more diverse.
GRID Alternatives and the Denver Housing Authority, along with local energy businesses such as Namaste, have partnered to establish a Solar Training Academy to help meet the skilled employment demands of Colorado’s growing solar energy sector. Perhaps more importantly, they are recruiting talent from Denver’s underprivileged communities.
FORT COLLINS --The Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, which announced last month that it was a finalist for a national award, has won that award, Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year
Solar is no longer a fledgling industry. It’s more important than ever to improve diversity in hiring, say NAACP’s Rosemary Lytle and Vote Solar’s Melanie Santiago-Mosier.
Last year, Poudre Valley REA teamed up with the nonprofit GRID Alternatives and the Colorado Energy Office to build the 6,106-panel, 1.5-megawatt solar array on 9 acres south of the Larimer County Landfill southwest of Fort Collins on land leased from the county.
The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, at its annual conference in Denver last week... honored Denver-based Grid Alternatives Colorado for its Coyote Ridge Community Solar Project in Fort Collins, a project of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association.
Positive Impact Colorado, which provides education and re-entry services for the recently incarcerated, worked with the NAACP and Grid Alternatives Colorado to launch the Power Up Employment Project, providing job training in solar installation and increasing the availability of clean energy to under-resourced communities.
DHA is the developer, owner and subscriber of the garden, and partnered with Grid Alternatives and other industry experts, to assist in navigating the complex utility policies, financing structures and allocation of benefits. The system will power approximately 700 low-income units across Xcel Energy’s Denver territory, including DHA properties, other local housing authorities and affordable housing developers.