Last month, Sullivan Solar Power’s Director of Government Affairs, Selene Lawrence, and Community Developers, Sarah Walsh and Megan Lacy, volunteered with local nonprofit, GRID Alternatives, to install a 17-panel solar energy system for a La Mesa family in need. Solar installations like these are coordinated by GRID Alternatives whose purpose is to provide residents in communities of concern with equitable access to clean energy and technical training to increase employment opportunities for underrepresented groups.
GRID Alternatives’ vision is a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone, and has a mission to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible in underserved communities. This all-women crew installation was part of GRID’s Women in Solar Program that empowers and equips women in the solar industry with technical experience and leadership development.
“Sullivan Solar Power is committed to changing the way San Diego generates electricity, and that includes engaging in equitable efforts to provide renewable sources of energy for low-income families,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “We are thrilled to not only help install a clean, renewable energy source but to also support a program that works to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive solar industry.”
At this installation, the Sullivan Solar Power Community Developers and the Government Affairs Director learned how to comply with the same Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations followed by Sullivan Solar Power electricians to safely install rooftop solar equipment. GRID Alternatives’ project lead engaged volunteers with step by step instructions and allowed all team members the opportunity to install critical equipment for the solar system.
To sign up and volunteer on a solar installation with GRID Alternatives, visit https://gridalternatives.org/get-involved/volunteer.