News from the Field

Every week we get emails, from Detroit, New York, Appalachia, Tucson. “How do I open a GRID Alternatives office?” “When are you coming to my city?” “My family really needs your help.” When we first started thinking about starting a non-profit energy organization, we envisioned working overseas, where the need for cheap and reliable electricity is so apparent. Read More >
Meet Josh Flowers. He is the father of two children and has a beautiful wife. Life has been hard for this Central Valley family in the last few years and Josh wanted to share his story to give others hope. He is thankful for GRID Alternatives, its volunteers and supporters. Read More >
GRID IE volunteers come from all walks of life. Read More >
On June 6, GRID led employee volunteers from PG&E to install solar panels on a landmark Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco condo development. The 26 kW system was fully funded by the PG&E Solar Habitat Initiative... Read More >
On Saturday, May 19th GRID IE hosted its inaugural community solar installation and annual fundraiser, Solarthon, in the City of San Jacinto, California. Read More >
In April it was Madera, a small agricultural community outside of Fresno; in May, San Jacinto; in June, National City, San Diego’s unassuming neighbor, and East San Jose in July. All over California, entire working–class neighborhoods are going solar through GRID Alternatives’ “Solarthons.” During these one-day events, hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life join low-income homeowners to install solar electric systems on multiple homes in one neighborhood in one day, while raising money and awareness for GRID Alternatives’ work. Read More >
When Denise Alvarez signed up for the Green Building Construction program at the Center for Employment Training, she never imagined she’d be working on the roof with the CEO of SunPower. But last Friday, she joined GRID and a team of SunPower employees and executives... Read More >
A Millenial’s experience at San Diego Solarthon 2012, by San Diego Volunteer Lauren Lindner Read More >
For Johannes Copeland, a former Marine Corps Logistics Officer and GRID Alternatives veteran who started his own installation company, solar power is about energy independence more than anything else. In two tours in Iraq, he says he saw first-hand the impact of our dependence on fossil fuels. Read More >
Steve Tate became a GRID Alternatives volunteer after a severe motorcycle accident in East Oakland in September 2010. “I felt myself bleeding, and looked up to someone’s eyes. Read More >

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