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The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) awarded GRID Alternatives $4.4 million for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Contra Costa and Riverside Counties.

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) awarded GRID Alternatives $4.4 million for two Community Solar Pilot projects in Contra Costa and Riverside Counties. These first-in-California community solar projects are part of California Climate Investments and will make solar energy accessible to more low-income households. California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that uses Cap-and-Trade dollars to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy and improve public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

“CSD is excited to have the opportunity to pilot new program models like community solar to help ensure that the investments the state is making to fight climate change continue to benefit all Californians,” said CSD director Linné Stout. “The innovative projects that are being funded under the Community Solar Pilot Program will deliver financial savings to low-income households that otherwise can’t be served by existing solar programs, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Community Solar Pilot Program, part of CSD’s Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP), is designed to reduce energy costs for households that are not currently able to benefit from existing low-income solar programs. Most Californians face barriers to traditional rooftop solar, including those who rent, don’t have a roof suitable for solar, who live in an apartment building or lack financing options.

Last session, California’s State Legislators voted to move California to 100 percent carbon-free energy.

Last session, California’s State Legislators voted to move California to 100 percent carbon-free energy.

A nonprofit devoted to shifting the nation from fossil fuels is reaching out to young people, providing STEM education and job training in solar installation.

Nestled in the heart of wine country in Temecula, California, Madera Vista Apartments is a 110-unit mixed-income project, which is the first multifamily solar installation in this region for GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE).

In March 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Bishop Paiute Tribe was selected for funding to install 120 kilowatts of solar photovoltaics on 34 single-family, low-income homes. Leveraging GRID Alternatives' position as the program manager for California's Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, the GRID team was able to help the Bishop Paiute Tribe install five solar PV systems with rebates from SASH. 

GRID Alternatives installs solar systems on five homes for members of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe while providing volunteers with job training. GRID has partnered with more than 30 tribes nationwide to provide solar assistance.

40 students from five Inland Empire high schools got to work installing no-cost solar panels on Moreno Valley homes as part of the Solar Futures program. The program connects them with training in the solar industry all while helping the environment and helping local families save thousands on their power bills. 

40 juniors and seniors from five Inland high schools installed solar electric systems on four Habitat for Humanity homes today in Moreno Valley. The students are part of the Solar Futures program, a national partnership between nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives and SunPower, a San Jose-based solar power company. The project offers classroom instruction and hands-on training to inspire students to pursue careers in the fast-growing solar industry.

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