News from the Field
"I can't wait to be able to turn my system on and begin saving money," said Jennifer, GRID's first Grass Valley client and a single mother. "I feel good about teaching my children to conserve energy and protect the environment."
"Thank you, GRID Alternatives...for making our solar dream come true!"
AB 217 ensures that the benefits of solar continue to reach low-income families and communities that need the energy cost savings and jobs the most.
Students in the green energy manufacturing academy at Ceres High School got out of the classroom and onto a rooftop to install solar power. This was the second installation that Ceres High school completed in conjunction with the Central Valley GRID Alternatives office.
This organization is a role model for how business can promote solar energy while equipping Californians with the skills they need to sustain this industry, said EPA Pacific Southwest regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld in presenting the award.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of National Service was recognized across the U.S. as people rolled up their sleeves and took part in projects to better their community. For GRID Alternatives AmeriCorps members, this was a day to celebrate their year-long service to GRID Alternatives.
Last week 23 GRID Alternatives SolarCorps members made their way to the Solar Living Institute for a week-long solar PV course. When I arrived on Sunday, I found that I would be staying in a small hut with 3 beds.
Courtney Dittmar was thrilled the day she took home her orange Team Leader shirt. For months she had been commuting by bus, train, bike and foot to get to installs in Richmond, Oakland and San Francisco from her home in Mountain View, and she finally had something to show for it.
Los Angeles is increasingly becoming a clean technology hub, but for South Los Angeles residents, who face severe economic and environmental challengeshigh rates of foreclosure, unemployment, and pollutionthe benefits of clean energy are typically out of reach. All that changed in one neighborhood on Saturday November 10th, when GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles installed solar electric systems for ten low-income families in the lovely Willowbrook area.
"You're working with a homeowner thats excited; this may never happen otherwise for them, the workers are excited. Its a win/win for everyone," says volunteer Frank Walters about his volunteer experience with GRID Alternatives.