News from the Field
Community-based solar micro-grids have great potential to contribute to development around the world. Yet today, few rural micro-grid models exist that are self-sustaining and meet the long-term needs of beneficiaries. GRID Alternatives and Gham Power are on a mission to change that.
In many developing communities around the globe, women spend a significant portion of their day gathering wood for cooking and walking hours to the nearest town to purchase kerosene for lighting. Because women are responsible for cooking and lighting in their households, they are disproportionately exposed to the toxic fumes from these fuels. What if the people that energy poverty affects the most could become the leaders of the clean energy revolution? What if women could gain back their productive hours, expand energy access in rural regions, and earn an income all at once?
A year after the devastating earthquake, Nepali people are still moving from rubble to reconstruction. Now, GRID’s International Program is leading a project to bring solar to one of the most impacted communities, the mountain village of Dhapchung. GRID is partnering with the Digo Bikas Institute to apply a sustainable development approach to transform Dhapchung, Nepal with the power of electricity. Read on to learn more about the Power Up Nepal project and see how community development can be catalyzed by solar energy.
GRID Alternatives is excited to announce a new partnership with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley that will integrate robust academic research into GRID projects that provide access to electricity in places beyond the reach of the power grid.
Five thousand miles, eleven GRID Alternatives offices, and one trusty bike. In early April, Michael Johnson-Chase set off on a cycling adventure that would take him from coast to coast and connect him with GRID staff, volunteers and clients across the country.
We had so much to celebrate and be thankful for at our annual Interconnection 2016 fundraiser held in San Francisco on June 2. Special thanks to our Interconnection 2016 honorees California Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase Energy!
Betty K Yazzie, a respected elder from the Bird Springs Navajo Chapter, lives within full-view of Dook'o'oosłííd, one of four Sacred Navajo Mountains. Living far from electricity and water infrastructure, “Betty K” must be resilient and independent--hauling water and tending to her chickens and sheep.
Twenty-four employee volunteers from NRG spread out on rooftops across California last week to lend their #NRGPeoplePower installing solar for low-income families with us as part of the company’s annual Global Giving Week.
This week we’re celebrating solar! The U.S. has officially surpassed an exciting and historic milestone: 1 million solar installations. Solar advocates and supporters across the country are spreading the word that we are #MillionSolarStrong as part of a national campaign led by SEIA.
David Meza's dad wasn't home when volunteers from Enphase came out to Windsor to install solar on his roof. He was out in the fields of Sonoma County picking grapes, hard work that has sustained him and his family of eight since they came to California from Jalisco, Mexico decades ago.