Despite this Covid-19 Pandemic, GRID’s construction team are still in the field facilitating solar installs in our communities, all while taking the necessary safety precautions. In March of this year, City of Fontana homeowner Wilda was one of the first homes installed with solar during this pandemic.
GRID Alternatives is at the forefront of building stronger communities by continuing its mission to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities worldwide. We are in a pivotal time right now, and in order to rebuild and sustain solar jobs post Covid-19, we need to align with environmental advocates and push for legislation to strengthen our economy and establish policy that will be critical to the continued success of GRID’s mission.
Thirza moved to the City of Ontario with her husband and oldest daughter 35 years ago. She heard about GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) through a friend, who told her there was a great program through the City of Ontario that provides low-income families with assistance for roofs and solar. Thirza’s husband started repairs to their roof, but sadly passed away before being able to finish the project. Her friend thought she could really benefit from the program, since she knew about Thirza’s situation.
California’s first low-income community solar project, a nearly 1-megawatt solar electric system on the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation, broke ground in June of this year and is well into Phase One.