Dariyn Choates, Sacramento State graduate, former GRID job trainee, and now entrepreneur started his own solar panel cleaning business after graduating from GRID's solar installation basics training program and working as a solar panel installer.
Solar PV (photovoltaic) technology has made great strides in the last decade and it’s easier now than ever to have your own system installed. However, while we would love to power every building with sunshine, there are many factors to consider when evaluating your building or site for a solar PV system. Not all solar systems are built equal.
When Rebecca asked her friends about getting solar, they told her not to do it. Among their warnings, they said that it doesn’t work, it could ruin her roof, and that it was too expensive. But when she got a flier from GRID talking about our no-cost solar installation program, she was intrigued and decided to call us anyways to learn more about the program and how it could save her up to 80% on her electricity bill.
By Shyla Black, Multifamily & Commercial Solar Program Coordinator
Here in Chico where I sit working from home the Dixie Fire rages. Currently, it has burned more than 722,000 acres and it is only 40% contained. The smoke outside has turned the sky white and my dog keeps looking up at me bored and morose. She knows something is wrong, she can smell it, but though she seems worried she still needs to run - but being outside gets unpleasant after a short time, so we do what we can inside.
In the decade since opening GRID Alternatives North Valley, Executive Director Bob Gragson has worked with many clients, but it’s his very first home visit in the months after being hired that sticks with him most.
Welcome to this new blog series by our own Shyla Black, Multi-family & Commercial Solar Program Coordinator, diving into the impact of GRID’s work for renters in multifamily developments and nonprofit organizations.