It’s been a year since Solar Works DC launched - see the impacts to date!
“A foreign environment” is how Thomas describes the first time he volunteered with GRID – installing solar on two to three stories roofs.
“GRID helped save my life.” These were the exact words from a GRID client and new homeowner, who faced paying a mortgage and high electric bills — leaving her stressed and financially depleted. This is a situation that I know oh so well.
On Friday, May 25th, 22 trainees took another step closer to a career in solar by graduating the Solar Works DC program.
Savings for you, clean power for your community. Introducing the Energy for All Program!
Drew found out about Solar Works DC through Indeed, and decided to apply for the job training program to develop skills for a career, and was happy he was able to jump into something new and different.
After being laid off, Batrina went to the Department of Employment Services looking for a job. It was there she learned about Solar Works DC, and applied for the program because of her interest in sustainability and living off grid.
“I had a pizza delivery job, I wasn’t really making money, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with myself.” At 21 years-old, DC native Reginald “Reggie” Chandler was facing an uncertain future before he became a GRID Alternatives SolarCorps Fellow.
Nijah first found out that she like math and science in middle school. “There’s just something about math,” she says, “it’s complicated and easy at the same time.”
A career in solar doesn’t require any formal degrees to earn a livable wage. Of our Fall cohort that graduated in December, fifty percent already have jobs in a solar or related industry, thanks to the experience they received through Solar Works DC.