It took four years of convincing, but finally Brenda Chambers is going solar.
“We’re very conservative with energy, so our bills weren’t as high as some others,” says Jan Carpenter Tucker, “but we really wanted solar, because it seems like the right thing to do.”
For many students in America, Spring Break is a time for revelry and abandon. This year 27 students from University of Michigan and Arizona State University bucked this trend and instead chose to spend their week of vacation bringing solar power to six Native American families.
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.
It was during a college class that Ms. Gonzales heard her fellow students talking about an all women crew volunteering with GRID Alternatives San Diego. “All I heard was ‘job’, ‘crew’ and ‘tools’, and I thought, I could do that!”
“If there is a challenge in life, it just means there is a victory wait
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.
GRID Alternatives launches its Tribal Solarthon in partnership with four tribes across the country to provide solar power and solar job training to tribal residents and put a spotlight on energy and economic issues in Native American communities.
We partnered up with SEIA to host the first ever job fair at Solar Power International, one of the world's largest solar conferences and trade shows, to connect our volunteers to hiring employers. With more than 30 employers and 400 job seekers, the day was a huge success!
From the rooftop of a formerly condemned home in Camden, NJ, one of the nation's most economically disadvantaged communities, you won't see much solar. But that's about to change thanks to a new partnership with NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their comnunities.