Michigan State University Students volunteer during Solar Spring Break

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March 27, 2019
students standing in front of banner in backyard

It’s spring break season! This year, we’re hosting four college teams here at GRID North Valley through our Solar Spring Break program. During the first week, eight students from Michigan State University’s Alternative Spartan Breaks (ASB) club spent a week with our team in Sacramento. ASB sends students on educational trips within the US and internationally to focus on sustainability, community development, and raising awareness for various social issues.  

During their visit they participated in a tour of Arch Nexus’ sustainable building, which is the first certified living building in California! On International Women’s Day, the group installed a 15-panel system on the home of the Trinidad family in Sacramento. The students were very eager to learn and start the process of the solar installation. They showed up, showed out, and commanded the work on the roof. It was volunteer Blair’s first ASB trip: “It has been a really great experience. We’re learning a lot about how solar panels work and how to install them”. For students considering the program, Blair recommends, “Get out of your comfort zone and be comfortable being uncomfortable. It’s a great experience volunteering with GRID. You get to meet a lot of great people with similar passions as you”. Following Michigan State’s volunteer week, we’ve hosted University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Nevada Reno, and University of California Santa Cruz. Find out more about our Solar Spring Break program here, and join us in 2020!

Thanks to Wells Fargo for the support of our Solar Spring Break program.