GRID in the News

Sunrun has announced that it is expanding its partnership with GRID Alternatives. Sunrun will support solar power installations for low-income families, job training, volunteerism, and provide a philanthropic donation. Both Sunrun and GRID Alternatives will support a solar power project managed by the NAACP.

Since late 2016, SMUD, in partnership with GRID Alternatives North Valley, has worked to help customers in underserved neighborhoods save energy and money by making their homes more energy efficient and providing them with free solar electric systems. The partnership recently completed its one-hundredth installation.

Channel 19 speaks with satisfied GRID Alternatives clients about how GRID is different than other solar companies. 

Cesaria Godina is so grateful she no longer has to pay for electricity. The elderly Sacramento woman stood out in triple-digit heat, showing how her new solar panels use the sun’s energy to power her home. The panels were also free, as part of the state’s multi-billion dollar cap-and-trade program aiming to reduce our carbon footprint.

“Those solar electric systems are expected systems are expected to offset 630,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions by utilizing this clean, renewable energy,” said Becca Russell of Grid Alternatives.

Grid Alternatives, which helped install the panels, is one of 100,000 state projects paid for through cap and trade money.

The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District is working with Oakland-based nonprofit GRID Alternatives to bring solar panels to low-income homeowners. Under the partnership, GRID Alternatives installs solar panels at the homes of lower-earning SMUD customers in disadvantaged neighborhoods, while the utility district performs weatherization and other energy-efficiency upgrades.

So far, 60 homes have been outfitted with solar panels in the last year. Another 150 are expected to be upgraded over the next 17 months. SMUD customers with solar panels still pay for distribution charges—the cost of delivering energy to homes—but also receive money for unused solar energy.

GRID North Valley held a blitz build in Chico in partnership with the City of Chico to install solar on 4 local homes, including 2 Habitat for Humanity homes. 

GRID Alternatives North Valley will install solar-electric systems on 7 local homes on Saturday, May 20th, in the Sacramento neighborhood of North City Farms. Accompanying the solar installations will be a neighborhood resources fair, featuring community services and activities for the kids.

Northeastern University students Nancy Figueroa and Lauren Azzola test the currency of a solar panel while Jordana Torres writes down the readings during Spring Break with GRID Alternatives in March 2015. Emily Bertolino — Enterprise-Record file photo


By Ashiah Scharaga, Enterprise-Record

Chico >> Many area residents are now eligible for a program that will install free solar panels on their homes.

In support of the Obama Administration’s announcement on July 7, 2015 to increase access to solar energy for low- and moderate- income communities, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a $25,000 commitment to GRID Alternatives North Valley to ensure solar is reaching underserved communities throughout the region.

How California's Cap and Trade program is helping the state combat the harsh effects of climate change.