GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides no-cost solar installations and solar job training in the Washington, D.C. region.
Through partnerships with local government agencies and local communities, GRID Mid-Atlantic provides solar energy at no-cost to income-qualified residents and communities of color. GRID Mid-Atlantic's workforce training program gives participants, including those without experience in solar or construction, an opportunity to enter the growing solar industry.
We envision a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone.
Last month, GRID Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Elijah Perry appeared on the Solar Now podcast to talk about equity in the solar industry, the impacts of the Solar Works DC program, and building trust in the community around solar energy.
GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic has worked with Sol Systems since 2014, but the partnership took on a new dynamic last year. Sol Systems' support has uplifted a number of GRID Mid-Atlantic's workforce development initiatives.
Robert Richards, a native Washingtonian, wanted to make a better life for himself and his daughter. He signed up for Solar Works DC as part of his reentry process, which showed him a career in solar is "doable."
We’ve long said that climate change affects marginalized communities first and most. Similarly, attacks on reproductive rights threaten to keep marginalized communities marginalized. Bodily autonomy and environmental justice are two sides of the same coin.
Despite inequities in our community, our environment, and our industry, the Solar Works DC program is a source of hope—by providing career opportunities, lower energy costs, and a healthier environment.
Each week during Black History Month, we'll focus on one area of Black history that connects to our mission of advancing social and environmental justice. Today, we're looking at the history of the environmental justice movement—and where it stands today.