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“I believe climate change represents both one of the greatest threats to our way of life, but also one of the greatest opportunities for economic development and job creation, and I do believe tribes can and should lead the way to a clean energy transition.” Waleah Johns, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

Recently, GRID installed 20 off-grid solar-powered refrigerators for families in the Kumeyaay communities of Juntas de Neji and San Antonio Necua with support from Sempra Foundation. Refrigeration allows families to keep food, beverages, and medicine cold without having to drive 20-40 minutes to a nearby town to buy ice. The solar systems immediately save families time, money and improve health.
Wells Fargo made its first philanthropic donation to support GRID’s work in California. In 2018, Wells Fargo provided a $5 million philanthropic grant over three years to support GRID’s Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. Most recently in 2022, GRID Alternatives received a $500,000 philanthropic grant from Wells Fargo for its Welcome Home Initiative, an enterprise-wide employee engagement initiative that aims to create a deeper sense of community pride and collective purpose in support of Wells Fargo’s commitment to affordable and sustainable housing.

As part of this effort, Wells Fargo employees have the opportunity to participate in over 10 GRID Alternatives solar installation projects across the country.
We now have the technology to replace gasoline with sunshine, which has the benefit of being better for the planet and dramatically cheaper for drivers to ‘fill up’. GRID knows that electric vehicles and clean mobility are powerful opportunities for reparation in communities that have borne the brunt of the gasoline economy.