GRID GLA are celebrating the $500,000 award that was given from JP Morgan Chase Bank in support of their Behind the Walls Solar workforce training program. The Behind the Walls training program will “prepare women who were formerly incarcerated in LA County Lynwood Women’s Jail for career opportunities in solar and renewable energy.
Whatever the Public Utilities Commission decides, going solar won’t be as easy for most people as it was for Marta Patricia Martinez, because most people won't have their costs covered by a nonprofit such as GRID Alternatives.
Across Los Angeles County and neighboring counties, GRID Alternatives aims to make solar accessible through its no-cost solar program for qualifying homeowners and offers free job training for those looking to enter the solar workforce!
"It shouldn't be, 'How am I going to put food on my table because I'm paying all these high bills?' We should have solutions that help people stay in their homes and help move towards the future," Ashley Christy, GRID's executive director of great L.A., said.
Stella Ursua (she/her/hers) is the Board President/Chair at the LGBTQ+ Center Long Beach and Programs & Partnerships Manager of GRID Alternatives-Greater Los Angeles. Ursua can be found in equity-challenged and/or environmentally disadvantaged communities, working to build more awareness for social issues such as LGBTQ+ rights, environmental health, green neighborhoods and careers, and ensuring that all community members have access to the programs, services, education, knowledge and skills that will help them thrive.