In a new and groundbreaking partnership, GRID Alternatives and Grand Valley Power (GVP) teamed up this year for nation’s first community solar array dedicated exclusively to low-income customers. The project has generated interest from utilities and policy-makers across the country, and Grand Valley Power and GRID Alternatives were invited by United States Congressman Jared Polis to brief a congressional working group on Innovation in Alternatives Energies on May 6.

GRID Alternatives Central Coast wants to thank all of our supporters who attended the 45th annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival! Our crew headed out to Alameda Park in Santa Barbara the weekend of April 18 and 19 to spread the word about our mission to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. We set up a booth in the Live Green section of the park where we engaged hundreds of people in dialogue about our vision of a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.

“I’m very excited that DHS is the top solar city in the Coachella Valley,” said Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez, Sr. “GRID Alternatives has been a strong partner with the City as part of our Health and Wellness Initiative. It’s a win-win-win for us because families save on their energy costs, our students and job trainees gain skills that can help them land local jobs, and clean energy is produced right on people’s rooftops.” “I see hope and opportunity through solar for our residents and I especially encourage anyone interested in the solar industry to sign up and volunteer with GRID to get the experience needed to get those jobs,” said Sanchez.

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Maria and Vincente Enriquez have four children they support with her job in agriculture and his in construction.

On January 24th, 2015, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire will be coming to the City of Desert Hot Springs, CA to kick off Solarthon 2015, This initial solar installation will be the first of 9, culminating in a week long installation event and block party the week of April 6 – 11, 2015. With the support of Mayor Adam Sanchez Sr. and the City of Desert Hot springs, hundreds of corporate sponsors, community organizations, job trainees, and individuals will come together to install solar for these hardworking and deserving Desert Hot Springs families during that week while increasing awareness for solar energy, healthy living, and raising vital dollars to support and sustain GRIDs work throughout the Inland Empire!