“I’m very grateful and very blessed to be part of this program,” said Homeowner Pamela, “…and I’m happy to have the sun!” followed up Homeowner Wade. The two Baltimore neighbors stood beaming, on one of the hottest days of the August, talking about their experience going solar with GRID Alternatives.
After six weeks of solar training, the inaugural Solar Works DC cohort graduated in August. Solar Works DC is a low-income solar installation and job-training program spearheaded by the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES). GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is implementing the first year of the program, preparing District residents to enter careers in solar and related fields while reducing energy costs for qualified low-income District homeowners.
“If I could sum up today in a few words I’d say ‘satisfying, sweaty, heat’.” said Marcus Jones, Branch Manager at Wells Fargo. Seven volunteers from Wells Fargo, came out on sticky and hot, 95 degree day in July to install a solar system for a low-income homeowner in Baltimore’s Berea neighborhood, Mr. Darnell Edmond.
“The solar panels are getting a workout right now,” exclaimed DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, referencing the abundant sunshine on Monday morning, as Solar Works DC job trainees gathered behind the Mayor in their gold shirts for the official Solar Works DC kick-off event.
Thanks to the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), GRID is a big step closer to completing our 118 kW multifamily solar installation in Southeast DC. SEPA sponsored a GRID Corporate Workday, a unique day of team-building to give back to the community.
On June 8, 2017, families, neighbors, and friends of the GRID family gathered in the scenic Kingman Island park for the second annual Solar-bration event organized by the outreach team of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic.
“Groups of women are kind of the best when it comes to getting things done efficiently and effectively,” said Nicole Steele. We Build is an all-women’s solar installation, part of GRID Alternatives’ national Women in Solar Program, working to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive solar industry.
GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic joined Constellation Energy and The National Energy Education (NEED) Project to educate a group of high school students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School about possible job opportunities in the clean energy field.
Thanks to solar, 94 tenants living in the Parkchester Apartments in Southeast D.C. will soon have fully renovated units, new energy efficient appliances, and a new community space. These renovations are possible because of a new 118 kW solar system.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) volunteers joined GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic staff for a 3.4 kW solar installation on Baltimore homeowner Wade Watkins’ home.