On July 24th, 2023, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GRID GLA), Habitat for Humanity, Accenture, Bank of America, and Southern California Edison, came together to install no-cost solar systems for three families who moved into the recently constructed Millennium Homes, built by Habitat for Humanity. This event celebrated our shared dedication to make lasting change in our communities.
GRID GLA is receiving a $500,000 philanthropic investment from JPMorgan Chase to support our Behind the Walls solar workforce training program, which will prepare women who were formerly incarcerated in LA County Lynwood Women’s Jail for career opportunities in solar and renewable energy. The 13-week, paid program will provide hands-on training for solar panel installation, along with job placement support for those who successfully complete the program.
Each year, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GRID GLA) invites our SolarCorps Fellows to a solar installation in order to make sure each fellow gets a well-rounded learning experience. This year our SolarCorps Install was in May, and our Fellows had a great day installing solar panels for a homeowner who qualified for free, state funded rooftop solar.
We're proud to feature the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) as our first Green Wave Partner Profile. CCA is a non-profit organization who has made its presence known through their diligent work in the transportation sector.
Our Installation Basics Training (IBT) students began their training on rooftops for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Students joined our construction crew at solar installations for homeowners throughout Los Angeles.
A successful solar installation for Keisha Daniels, co-founder of a nonprofit called Sisters of Watts, which supports families with services like free backpacks, toys, food, and haircuts, and with events like youth clean up days and a peace march for youth. Last December, GRID installed free solar panels on the home of Robin Daniels, Keisha's sister and nonprofit co-founder.
Our construction team has been working hard on installing a 108 kW solar system on SagePointe, a three-story, 56-unit apartment community in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles. he new complex is for seniors 55 and older who have experienced homelessness and need stable housing with supportive services. The 243 solar panels will bring an expected $540,000 in net lifetime savings.
GRID Staff attended The Zero Emissions Ride and Drive Event, hosted by the Harbor Trucking Association and the Port of Long Beach. CALSTART, a partner in the event, is also GRID GLA’s partner on a project called eTRUC-RHETTA we began work on this past spring.
Combat veteran Juan J. Bran talks about his time as a US Army paratrooper serving in Afghanistan, re-entering civilian life with war injuries, and rebuilding for himself and his family through programs like Homes 4 Families and solar installed by GRID GLA.