Meet Marcelous. His dream is to become a master electrician.


October 25, 2019
Headshot of Marcelous Hawkins outside smiling

Last year, Marcelous was in a classroom, joined by other passionate individuals, all sharing one common goal -- to start a career in solar installation. GRID Mid-Atlantic’s workforce development programs, such as Solar Works DC, help provide D.C. residents with the resources and skills needed to achieve dreams like Marcelous’. In fact, after completing his apprenticeship in our workforce development program, we were so impressed with Marcelous’ growth that we brought him into the GRID family as a commercial solar installer!

“This is an industry that’s not going anywhere since the sun isn’t going anywhere, so I see myself doing this for the rest of my life," Marcelous said. "Maybe I’ll even open up a small solar business.”

Marcelous is one of the many trainees who have been given an opportunity through GRID Mid-Atlantic’s workforce development programs. Contributions from key supporters like you make opportunities like this possible.

With more people and communities confronting various issues as a result of social and environmental injustice, GRID Mid-Atlantic is advancing as a leader throughout the region and inspiring countless others along the way. 

Will you help? Your donation today ensures that 25 more potential trainees can follow Marcelous’ footsteps by the end of this year. Donate today!

Every donation made allows us to continue to change the lives of countless others, like Marcelous, by providing hands-on solar installation training. We can do this together: People. Planet. Employment. 

Solar Works DC is a program of the District's Department of Energy and Environment and Department of Employment Services, which is implemented by GRID Mid-Atlantic. It is an initative of Solar For All, a program that seeks to seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032.