Success and job satisfaction can be achieved even through challenging economic times. In late 2010, Neil found himself out of a job and he realized that he needed to break the cycle of feast or famine in the construction industry.
This week in Denver, Stan Greschner, GRID's VP of Market Development, had the honor of sharing the stage with former President Bill Clinton and Navajo leader Jonathan Yazzie at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
“I’m very excited that DHS is the top solar city in the Coachella Valley,” said Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez, Sr. “GRID Alternatives has been a strong partner with the City as part of our Health and Wellness Initiative. It’s a win-win-win for us because families save on their energy costs, our students and job trainees gain skills that can help them land local jobs, and clean energy is produced right on people’s rooftops.” “I see hope and opportunity through solar for our residents and I especially encourage anyone interested in the solar industry to sign up and volunteer with GRID to get the experience needed to get those jobs,” said Sanchez.
Cody recently completed his first day as a GRID volunteer where he is continuing the hands-on job training that first inspired him to get into the industry. He volunteers along like-minded individuals that are sharpening their knowledge and skills, and even professionals that just want to give back to the community. Through his studies at COD and his training experience with GRID, Cody hopes to become a solar designer.
“Influential, Fun, Academic…” is how Emily Guillen describes volunteering with GRID. She’s an exemplary student from Desert Hot Springs High School’s Renewable Energy Academy of Learning (REAL) and she has no problem getting to work during installations!
SunEdison and GRID Alternatives announced an expanded partnership through RISE, a new national initiative to build a more inclusive solar workforce and connect an industry that needs good people with communities that need good jobs.
“My mom was my main reason why I applied for this home [through Coachella Valley Housing Coalition’s (CVHC) self-help housing program]. She was diabetic and had a stroke that left her in a wheel chair and she had other health problems as well. We live in a mobile home right now and I wanted to give her a better place to live in…”.
We are eternally grateful to GRID Alternatives and its staff. Families like us would never have been able to afford solar panels if not for a program like this. -- Mayuga Family
On January 24th, 2015, GRID Alternatives Inland Empire will be coming to the City of Desert Hot Springs, CA to kick off Solarthon 2015, This initial solar installation will be the first of 9, culminating in a week long installation event and block party the week of April 6 – 11, 2015. With the support of Mayor Adam Sanchez Sr. and the City of Desert Hot springs, hundreds of corporate sponsors, community organizations, job trainees, and individuals will come together to install solar for these hardworking and deserving Desert Hot Springs families during that week while increasing awareness for solar energy, healthy living, and raising vital dollars to support and sustain GRIDs work throughout the Inland Empire!
Having served in the army for 27 years and being married to his wife, Jacquelynn, for 36 years, we’d say it’s about time for this deserving couple to own their very own home with their very own solar electric system!