We quit work on the same day and then drove cross-country to California to volunteer at Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit that installs solar on low-income households. The [sic] had four offices at the time (Bay, Central Valley (Fresno), San Diego and Greater LA) and we signed up for every volunteer opportunity at each of the offices.
GRID in the News
At Grid Alternatives, our plan of action [in Greater Los Angeles] requires a much greater scale to create prosperity and economic security and counteract systemic injustices for the people living there — a model that can be applied to other regions and the wider economy.
The city's green energy shift has also been good for him personally, he admitted.
"We've helped more than 200 formerly incarcerated people get jobs in this sector," he said, as he showed off a new battery of solar panels built by one of his crews at the L.A. Audubon Society offices.
The free training program, arranged by nonprofit group GRID Alternatives, aims to launch people like [Angeleno and aspiring career-seeker Ramon] Ramos into California's booming solar power industry and get panels installed in more low-income neighborhoods.
It also works with partner organizations to provide training to people such as Gonzalo Varela, who participated in a 2019 training cohort after being incarcerated for almost three decades and facing tremendous barriers to employment.
An additional $3 million has been awarded to 18 communities for planning grants under the program.
"This was the first time that we've installed something like this," Ashley Christy, an executive director of GRID Alternatives, said.
Solar entrepeneurs like Kenneth Wells are eager to hire people from these L.A. neighborhoods […] He took temp jobs and participated in Grid Alternatives' reentry internship program as well as solar classes at East Los Angeles Occupational Center, one of several respected classroom training programs elsewhere in the metro area.
The installation of 97 solar panels at the Wilmington Senior center marks the beginning of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA's) "Green Harbor Initiative".