GRID in the News

 A municipal floating solar project in Walden, Colorado, and a private floating solar project for Salad Cosmo in Dixon, California, are producing cost-effective solar power to offset greenhouse gas emissions

GRID Colorado has partnered with the City of Pueblo and the Housing Authority to site the projects and subscribe the projects’ capacity.

The floating panels are the first of its kind in Colorado and only the fifth in the U.S. Working together, the Town of Walden, Johnson Controls, Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives Colorado were able to pull of the first-of-its-kind project.

The array will provide a renewable and supplemental energy source to treat drinking water in the town, school district and Jackson County offices.

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. 

Making renewable energy technology and job training accessible to traditionally underserved communities is necessary for a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.

As Colorado works toward producing more renewable energy, GRID Alternatives Colorado is working to make the industry more diverse.

GRID Alternatives Colorado 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.

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.

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