GRID in the News

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to working with people and the environment through solar panel work.

It's been a rough year for environmentalists, in the wake of solar panel tariffs, proposed cuts to federal clean energy programs, and […] Obama-era coal plant regulations [that] may be rolled back in favor of less stringent guidelines.

As we watch from the shade of the tent, a small team prepares to install fourteen solar panels on the roof of the unassuming home. The installation is being provided at no cost to the Ramierz [sic] family through Energy for All, a program of GRID Alternatives, in partnership with Trojan Battery Company.

Since the average cost of a home solar system in the United States is around $20,000, by getting those for free (plus 20 years of free maintenance and repairs!) [through GRID Alternatives], it automatically adds around $20,000 of value to the property.

Co-founder Merritt Graves adds, "As far as the philanthropic side of things goes, this year, we plan to work with GRID Alternatives and contribute toward a fundraiser for My Friend's Place, a homeless resource center in the [Hollywood] neighborhood."

The coalition said it will also advocate for an equitable clean energy transition that prioritizes communities which have historically "endured the burden" of fossil fuels.

He got counseling, support, had his gang tattoos removed, and graduated from the [Homeboy Industries] solar-installation program in 2014. Today, he is the volunteer-and-training coordinator at GRID Alternatives, where he speaks proudly of the first Homeboy cohort he ushered through the program: All 19 were undergoing reentry after time in prison, and all 19 found jobs after graduation in the solar industry.

"Although our coalition is obviously not thrilled about additional investments in natural gas, I do want to appreciate all the work that you've done" to reach out to community groups and talk about how to "make this investment as smart as possible," said Michael Kadish, executive director of the nonprofit Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.

"Part of what made this the right choice was Alegria's fight against the polluting AllenCo Energy oil well facility across the street," Michael Kadish, executive director of Grid Alternatives in Greater Los Angeles, who envisioned the collaboration, told me.

This is where the Alegria [affordable housing project] comes in: Its new solar array is little more than a symbolic gesture, assisting a mere 15 families, but it demonstrates that sustainable energy can and should be accessible and affordable for all.