GRID Alternatives Inland Empire provides hands-on classroom education and curriculum, as well as invaluable on-the roof job training through its Solar Futures program. This program equips youth with the tools necessary to propel them into a promising solar career. GRID IE’s mission to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy could not be possible without our community partners.

Providing solar installation training to individuals who want to enter the solar industry is a crucial component of GRID Alternatives Inland Empire’s (GRID IE) community work. Accessibility to hands-on solar installation training gives individuals the skills needed to land and secure a job in a good paying and growing industry. Therefore, GRID strives to connect trainees to as many opportunities available, including paid training opportunities. 

It was dark outside when Nakia and her sons, ages nine and thirteen, woke up to get ready for school on the morning of November 18th, 2018. As they drove to school, they looked up at the sky and saw what looked like snow falling.

It wasn’t until they pulled into the school that they realized the town was being evacuated. So, they rushed home to pack a few things and get their cats. Leaving their home for the last time, the air was thick with smoke and the ash was “raining down” as they saw the “flames and fire crews speeding past” them.