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Thanks in large part to Sunrun, GRID Alternatives Bay Area recently installed an 8.06 kW solar system at the Rio Vista Veterans Residence. The home will provide a permanent residence with case management and support services for six formerly homeless veterans. The six bedroom house is being built by Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity and will be owned and operated by the Berkeley Food & Housing Project with the assistance of American Legion Post 178.

A self-proclaimed nerd, avid reader, and documentary enthusiast growing up, Cureton found inspiration in the pages of inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla’s autobiography. Despite being born worlds away from Tesla—Black and in the home of Black Wall Street—he related to Tesla’s innovative ideas and that he did not fit in with the norm. “A lot of my interests weren’t really mainstream,” Cureton says.

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE), an affiliate of GRID Alternatives, is a national leader in making clean renewable energy technology and job training accessible to communities who need it most. GRID’s Tribal Program provides tribal communities in rural areas the ability to become self-sustaining by providing renewable energy technology and job training to its tribal members. 

Thirza moved to the City of Ontario with her husband and oldest daughter 35 years ago. She heard about GRID Alternatives Inland Empire (GRID IE) through a friend, who told her there was a great program through the City of Ontario that provides low-income families with assistance for roofs and solar. Thirza’s husband started repairs to their roof, but sadly passed away before being able to finish the project. Her friend thought she could really benefit from the program, since she knew about Thirza’s situation.

What’s clear is that the climate crisis and racism are parts of a larger picture that has prevented us from evolving in the ways we think about energy. We’ve needed to take collective action to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for a long time, and, without it, there have been catastrophic human consequences, especially for communities of color around the world.

GRID Alternatives Inland Empire, a leader in making clean renewable energy and job training to low income communities, recently broke ground for a 1-megawatt solar electric system on the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians reservation near Anza.