As the Volunteer Training Assistant it is great to have the opportunity to get to know our wonderful volunteers and how they came to learn about GRID Alternatives. With that in mind, one afternoon I had the opportunity to meet Alison Van Dusen in our office, after completing her first install.
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.
Mark Welch Jr.’s volunteer experience with GRID Alternatives began in October of 2015. “Wanting to change my life around, the decision to attend the volunteer orientation was the start to a new beginning. A few years ago, I was in a dark place in my life and hung around with the wrong crowd. It was tough” stated Mark.
There is no better reward than to earn the continued confidence of corporate supporters whose belief in GRID’s core mission continues to grow.
Esmeralda Ramirez’s life changed over a cup of coffee - and volunteering with GRID. An army veteran, she had recently returned from the Middle East, where she spent twelve years working in fuel security in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, receiving and testing fuel shipped in for convoys and other military transport vehicles, and wanted a change.
Eager about what the day will bring, students from Ceres High School’s Manufacturing and Green Technology Academy strapped on their safety gear, ready to install solar in their hometown of Ceres. School officials and students filled the front yard of the home, as media captured the story of stewardship and volunteerism in the small town.
GRID Alternatives Central Valley is once again, the proud recipient of a Westamerica Bank grant of $1,000 dollars. Westamerica Bank is a longtime supporter of our Central Valley office.
Getting out into the field with GRID Alternatives is always a highlight of the school week for students at Yosemite High School in Merced, but this week, it had extra meaning. Not only were the students working side-by-side with students from the Merced Adult School to install solar for a former Adult School classmate, but they also got a visit from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.
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.