Bank of America, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, is actively committed to making a positive impact in communities across the country. Through its partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding solar access to underserved communities, Bank of America recently participated in two workdays in National City, CA and San Jose, CA. These events not only brought renewable energy to deserving families but also made significant contributions to carbon offset, client savings, and the environment.
The GRID Alternatives Multi-Family Commercial Team participated in the Housing California Conference on March 27-28, 2023 at the Town Country Convention Center in San Diego, California.  This year’s theme is Housing’s Next Chapter. As we enter the third year of a global pandemic, we have witnessed a historic response from both state and federal leadership and impactful shifts in resources and funding which urge us to think about how to carve a path towards housing justice that is intersectional, equitable, and urgent. 
This year, we witnessed unprecedented federal, state and utility investments in transportation electrification and equity. This means that implementers, the people and agencies responsible for using these funds, are working to ensure that implementation and program design drive substantial, measurable benefits to individuals and families that need them the most. But what does it really mean to go beyond "checking the box" for equity? And how will new investment dollars, allocated to implement equitable clean mobility programs, drive measurable benefits for income-qualified households?
Since 1998, Trolly Trestle in Chula Vista, California, has offered affordable transitional housing for former foster youth and homeless youth while they finish school or complete job training. GRID's HQ Multifamily and Commercial solar team recently installed a 25.6 kilowatt system on the transitional housing center.

GRID aims to connect mission-driven organizations like Trolley Trestle with clean energy tools that maximize benefits for underserved communities, including integrating workforce development opportunities.
Sierra Schultz (she/her) works on the HQ Construction team as a Commercial Project Manager. She joined GRID in 2021, with a background in Civil Engineering and experience in managing Heavy-Civil Construction projects. Her role focuses on climate justice through engineering and project management. Sierra has managed PV installations throughout California, while co-leading two affinity groups at GRID.
As one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing, Volunteers of America (VOA) is one of our mission-aligned partners at GRID Alternatives. VOA manages income-qualified housing, and they are a leader in providing housing for seniors. Learn more about how GRID Alternatives has installed solar panels on VAO projects: East Cliff Village, Valley Oaks, and Rolling Oaks!