Erica Court, a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Oceano, CA was bursting with solar energy Saturday October 20th as more than 150 volunteersindividual sponsors, corporate teams, job trainees and the homeowners themselvesget up on roofs to install solar electric systems for eight low-income families during the GRID Alternatives Central Coast Solarthon.
Its official: the North Valley GRID Alternatives Office successfully completed our first annual Solarthon on October 6th, in Chico, CA. Thank you to all our supporters!
Six days, twelve families, hundreds of volunteers, staff, and curious onlookers, and a whole lot of fun! Today was the final day of our Colorado pilot project, and the sun was out in all its fall glory. Maria Ojeda was one of the last homeowners to get her system, and she looked on as a team of 11 women (our first Colorado Womens Build!) scurried up and down the ladder, hoisted panels, pulled wire, etc., making short work of a relatively complex installation on her double-pitch roof.
GRID Alternatives kicked off its Colorado operations and national expansion this fall with its first ever out-of-state project, in Lakewood, Colorado, marking the start of a 5-year, $2 million grant from Wells Fargo to help bring GRID Alternatives' program to communities accross the United States.
Lakewood homeowners take part in their installations with delicious lunch for their volunteers.
GRID Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity, and Wells Fargo join homeowners in powering community.
Danny Moore, US Army Vet and solar student volunteered all week with us, helping homeowners save and gettting hands-on experience.
Three of our first four systems were finished today, thanks volunteers from Ecotech, Red Rocks Community College, Solar Energy International, Veterans Green Jobs, and Energy Outreach Colorado, plus a few volunteers who showed up from as far away as Florida...
We made it! Fifty volunteers and GRID staff swarmed rooftops and garages in Lakewood, CO this morning to start installing the first four of 12 solar electric systems we'll be putting in here this week.
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.