GRID is excited to be part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Americans Initiative, announced today to ensure that every family in the United States has access to solar energy.
On a sunny Saturday morning in June, five women came together to volunteer in a South Sacramento neighborhood by installing a solar array. Many of them had never met one another or the homeowner they served, but they were all held together by a common bond: each of these women, along with GRID Outreach Coordinator Kim Garrett, comes from a background of military service.
It’s official: our state’s historic drought continues. How can we respond as responsible citizens to maintain a healthy community?
Five thousand miles, eleven GRID Alternatives offices, and one trusty bike. In early April, Michael Johnson-Chase set off on a cycling adventure that would take him from coast to coast and connect him with GRID staff, volunteers and clients across the country.
Twenty-four employee volunteers from NRG spread out on rooftops across California last week to lend their #NRGPeoplePower installing solar for low-income families with us as part of the company’s annual Global Giving Week.
This week we’re celebrating solar! The U.S. has officially surpassed an exciting and historic milestone: 1 million solar installations. Solar advocates and supporters across the country are spreading the word that we are #MillionSolarStrong as part of a national campaign led by SEIA.
Top energy policymakers, federal legislators and state and local energy experts came out in New York and Washington D.C. this week to help us celebrate the release of our new Low-Income Solar Policy Guide! Developed in partnership with Vote Solar and the Center for Social Inclusion, the guide gives a comprehensive overview of proven policies and program models for expanding access to solar power and solar jobs around the country.
GRID Alternatives North Valley kicked off our Troops to Solar program, after a successful veteran pizza and orientation event at Volunteers of America’s beautiful Veterans Service Center, with a Vets Serving Vets installation at the Vang household in Sacramento on March 1st and 2nd. Chong Vang and his family were gracious hosts, enthusiastic about receiving their solar electric system and becoming part of the GRID family. During lunchtime, the GRID team gathered together with the Vang family in their living room to hear Vang’s stories about serving alongside American forces in the Vietnam War, translated by GRID Outreach Coordinator Xiong Lee, and to view pictures of his memories from that time.
On the morning of December 2, 2015, an otherwise quiet West Sacramento neighborhood burst into activity as a bus load of 24 River City High School students arrived before two neighboring homes with roofs already staged for solar installation.
The counties that the Rosebud Sioux reservation encompasses are among the poorest in the nation, with unemployment rates as high as 83 percent, and as much as three quarters of the employed population still living under the poverty line. Winter is always the worst, with frigid temperatures, ice and snow limiting already-scarce work opportunities, and sending electricity bills skyrocketing. This year, though, a beacon of hope for some relief is taking shape in the form of a solar array on the home of tribal member Karen Spotted Tail.