Solar Spring Break Kicks Off with Arizona State University Students Participating in Chemehuevi Community Solar Project


March 25, 2019
Arizona State University Students at Solar Spring Break 2019 in Havasu Lake

GRID’s Solar Spring Break is a national alternative break program that has grown from six schools in 2014 to 22 schools in 2019, creating opportunities for students to make a difference in low-income communities while getting hands-on training in renewable energy. GRID’s Solar Spring Break Program is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. This year, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) welcomed engineering students from Arizona State University (ASU). These students spent a week during their spring break to learn about Photovoltaic Solar Systems, and to help install a community-solar system with modules from Jinko Solar on the Chemehuevi reservation in Havasu Lake, California. GRID’s Tribal Program helps tribal communities become self-sustaining by providing resources to assist with their clean energy goals.

The ASU students had an opportunity to see, first-hand, what tribal life is like and experience tribal culture. The Chemehuevi tribal members were very appreciative for the hard work these students and GRID staff contributed by helping to install this 300-panel ground mounted community solar project that will energize three low-income elder housing. The tribe graciously hosted a lunch and dinner that highlighted their cuisine. The students also went on a tour of the land to learn about the native birds; gathered around a campfire to hear native songs performed; and enjoyed canoeing on Lake Havasu.

Another set of spring breakers hailing from Cal State San Bernardino will participate in two installs in the City of Victorville in late March, as well as participate in GRID IE’s Volunteer Appreciation Day, which will take place on Thursday, March 28.