Bank of America invests $300,000 in GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorp program

By Chris Crowell April 27, 2023

Bank of America renewed its partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar + storage installer within the U.S., with a $300,000 funding in GRID’s SolarCorps Fellowship Program. The funding will assist GRID’s 37 SolarCorps Fellows in acquiring hands-on expertise, mentorship, skilled growth, and elevated data a couple of profession in renewable energy.

“Bank of America is a champion of our SolarCorps Fellows Program, and their support is critical to helping GRID advance equity by providing valuable experience to individuals from the communities we serve, while helping communities gain access to renewable energy solutions,” stated Erica Mackie, GRID CEO and Co-Founder. “Thank you to Bank of America for their support.”

GRID Alternatives guidelines, in the event you didn’t know. Its mission is to construct community-powered options to advance financial and environmental justice via renewable energy throughout the United States, in sovereign Tribal nations, and internationally. GRID gained a Solar Builder Project of the Year Award in 2021:

“Demand for solar energy continues to grow and that demand is driving the need for more solar industry workers,” stated Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive at Bank of America. “We are at a moment in time when we can create access to clean energy and clean energy jobs in underrepresented communities like never before. That’s why we are pleased to support SolarCorps and the broader mission of GRID Alternatives, which are helping to meet that demand and creating healthy communities and economic mobility in the process.”

GRID’s workforce growth and coaching applications have resulted in over 33,000 trainees, college students, and volunteers gaining worthwhile expertise in solar installations and development, and outreach and group solar training. Diversifying the solar workforce with extremely certified staff is a part of GRID’s mission, and it’s essential to the continued progress of the renewable energy sector.

GRID demonstrates its dedication to a simply workforce transition by serving those that are usually underrepresented within the energy business, together with girls and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)-identifying people. GRID additionally recruits job coaching contributors from financial and environmental justice communities positioned in its affiliate places of work’ areas, together with California (Riverside County, LA County, Sacramento, Fresno, Oakland, San Diego); Denver and Kingman Park in Colorado; and Washington, DC. These initiatives solely profit under-resourced households, outlined as an annual family earnings that’s 80% or under the world’s median earnings.

Since 2014, 422 individuals have served as SolarCorps Fellows, and the hands-on expertise helped 73% of them get their subsequent job following the fellowship. Bank of America has supplied $1.85 million in funding and supported 200 Fellows since 2017 and has supplied a complete of $2.195 million in funding to GRID (together with the SolarCorps Fellowship Program) since 2010.

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