From Volunteer to Dream Job


January 31, 2012

Hector Villegas was unemployed and although he had a desire to work in the green energy field, he lacked the necessary skills to land a job. That all changed when he became a volunteer with GRID Alternatives and gained the knowledge and experience he needed to land his dream job.

Hector heard about GRID Alternatives and knew it was just what he needed to receive essential training for his dream job. After volunteering on several installations, Hector had the skills that helped him land a job with a local solar contractor.

While volunteering for GRID, Hector suggested his mother apply to GRID Alternatives to determine if she qualified to have solar installed on her home in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. Hector’s mother was approved and GRID installed solar on her home in August. This installation was the kick off the "50.8.12 Initiative", a campaign that helps identify residents in District 8 who may qualify for GRID's solar program. Hector was there as part of GRID’s volunteer construction team.

Hector is now able to offer his family a better future and his mother is able to take advantage of the savings her solar system provides each month.