News from the Field
International work has always been part of GRID Alternatives' long-term vision of bringing solar to underserved communities.
Three branches of the U.S. Military joined forces to install a 3.4 kilowatt AC solar electric system for the King family in South Los Angeles on Friday February 21st. This project came to be through the efforts of Geoff Harjo, a U.S. Army Veteran who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is currently completing a 6-month fellowship with GRID Alternatives through The Mission Continues.
This past February, GRID Alternatives took a group of volunteers from Sunrun on a powerful journey into the rural village of Portrero Sur, Nicaragua.
Rafael and his wife are both cancer survivors, proud parents, and now owners of a new solar PV system through GRID. Says Rafael, "Its great to have something good finally happening."
On January 7th, 2014, students from University of Nebraska-Lincoln escaped the sub-zero temperatures of the recent Polar Vortex to enjoy two days of mild Goshen, California temperatures installing solar with GRID. The 26 students were part of the UNL Alternative Service Break Program, which aims to expose students to issues within different communities and immersing them in hands on experience to facilitate solutions. The group marveled at the diversity they saw in California, but were a diverse group themselves; from undergraduates to recent grads, from international students to a Central Valley native that came home to serve.
Living out each day with a life-threatening illness is a miracle. But for 3 year old Tamara's parents, it means more. It means a lifelong commitment to sustaining her medical equipment, and electric bills up to $350 each month. For GRID Alternatives and our supporters, it is a chance to provide a Roseville family a much needed measure of security.
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Three tribal families to receive no-cost solar electric systems. Kick-off event is Tuesday, December 3 at 11am.
Every day at GRID Alternatives we work to provide hands-on training for those interested in working in the solar energy field. The commitment to teaching is not only for our volunteers, but also for our SolarCorps Fellows, individuals who spend a year in service with GRID Alternatives in exchange for learning opportunities that will help jump-start their careers.
GRID Alternatives Inland Empire teamed up with Emma and 6 other Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley homeowners to spread that enormous good feeling to hundreds of corporate and individual sponsors, community leaders, and job trainees on November 9th at Solarthon GRIDs annual community solar installation, block party, and fundraiser!