SolarCorps

Welcome to the next installment of our Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to introduce you to some of our amazing staff members here at GRID Bay Area! This month we'd like to introduce Becky Sorensen, our GRID Bay Area SolarCorps Construction Fellow. With a background in computer science and organizational behavior. Becky worked in systems consulting, marketing operations, and was even a yoga instructor for a time before deciding to make a transition into solar construction.

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Welcome to the next installment of our Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to introduce you to some of our amazing staff members here at GRID Bay Area! This month we’d like to introduce you to, Matt Kroll, our System Designer and self-proclaimed hippie. After making his own solar generator from scratch for Burning Man, Matt turned to GRID for job training in the solar industry and eventually became a SolarCorps Fellow. When he’s not designing solar systems for GRID’s clients, Matt enjoys making funky electronic music.

Do you know someone who is considering changing careers? If so, one of the fastest growing segments of the Inland Empire economy is solar. According a study commissioned by Next 10 and reported by the Riverside Press Enterprise, state climate policies have driven $9 billion in direct economic benefits and supported 41,000 jobs in the Inland Empire over the last seven years. The demand continues for skilled workers as there are currently over 80 positions for solar related jobs open in the Inland Empire.
Mandated to work seven days a week in the receiving department of an agricultural packing plant, Raymond was despondent. He spent every day of his life standing in a small office performing the same repetitive task of counting and labeling fruit. After three years on the job, he received his first pay raise putting him at a whopping 25 cents above minimum wage.
On a cold, January day, as smoke from wood fires filled the air, five young AmeriCorps members were hard at work digging a trench in front of a home in the Tesuque Pueblo in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. Fellows with GRID Alternatives, the workers were getting ready to install the community’s very first solar electric system for a family of seven.

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