GRID Alternatives to Bring Solar, Workforce Development Opportunities to Navajo Nation
As the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, GRID Alternatives’ (GRID) mission is to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy. GRID helps to put money back into families’ pockets, reduce the energy cost burden for housing providers and launch solar careers. By partnering with affordable housing organizations, job training groups, government agencies, municipalities, tribal nations, utilities and local communities, GRID aims to bring solar to all.
Since 2015, GRID’s Tribal Program has completed more than 30 solar projects in partnership with the Navajo Nation, empowering tribal members through capacity building and real-world installation training. Over the next three years, GRID will build upon this work, deploying more than 35 additional installations, and bringing an estimated $550,000 in long-term energy savings to Navajo Nation tribal communities in New Mexico.
In addition, GRID will continue to incorporate hands-on installation experiences for local tribal members, including via partnerships with tribal college and/or university students. This project marks the fourth time that All Points North Foundation has joined forces with GRID to help tribal communities achieve their renewable energy goals, and is the first solar multi-year grant awarded by All Points North Foundation.
Historically, communities throughout the Navajo Nation have depended upon energy development related to uranium mining, coal-powered plants and natural gas. GRID’s innovative approach provides a local model to inform the transition to clean energy across Navajo Nation.
For more information: www.gridalternatives.org
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