For the 4th year, GRID Alternatives is running their Solar Spring Break program in which college students use their time off to install solar for low income families and learn how the power of the sun can bring real-world benefits to real-world economic problems.
Nearly 200 college students from 19 schools across the country will be participate this year. Each team of 10-12 learns how-to and takes part in installing a photo-voltaic system start to finish. GRID’s licensed solar installers lead the way. And judging by the video below, they all have a great time.
The University of Michigan kicked things off the 2018 season the last of February in San Diego, helping install solar on the La Jolla Indian Reservation. Students also participated in a special cultural night, where they discussed issues facing Native American communities with members of the local tribal council.
Solar Spring Break 2017 results
This year’s event promises to be even bigger than the 2017 SSB, which had these results:
$2M savings for families
6,675 tons of greenhouse gas prevented
The future looks bright indeed when you consider Solar Spring Break along with other university initiatives in the solar field. Read about the Solar Decathlon architecture competition or listen to our podcast about the World Solar Challenge solar car race across the Australian outback.
The story of GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives was founded during the 2001 California energy crisis by Erica Mackie, P.E., and Tim Sears, P.E., two engineering professionals who were implementing large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for the private sector. The vision that drove them was simple: free, clean electricity from the sun should be available to everyone. Through GRID Alternatives, they developed a model to make solar PV technology practical and accessible for low-income communities that need the savings and jobs the most, yet have the least access. By taking a broader approach to solar as not just an environmental good but also a real-world solution to a real-world economic problem in these communities, GRID Alternatives is helping to set the stage for large-scale solar adoption nationwide.
In total the organization’s achievements tall up to:
9,872 systems installed
41,184 kilowatts capacity
871,431 tons of greenhouse gas emissions prevented
36,087 participants trained