OAKLAND, CA; SEPTEMBER 8, 2022 – Sixteen grants totaling $2.8 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and tribal colleges have been awarded for new tribal facilities and residential solar projects from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF), a tribal-led grantmaking program of GRID Alternatives that aims to catalyze the growth of solar energy and expand solar job opportunities in tribal communities across the United States.
Climate Justice Leaders, with Google Nest’s Help, Are Effecting Real-World Benefits in Low-Income Communities
In the face of the climate crisis, companies, energy consumers, and nonprofits are all grappling with their unique roles in the global transition to renewable and clean energy. In the U.S., residential energy use accounts for roughly 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. As residential renewable energy becomes increasingly available around the world, it’s vital that this transition includes the communities most impacted by the effects of climate change. Google Nest is partnering with Elevate and GRID Alternatives, two leading environmental justice nonprofits, to drive clean energy programs that center equity and community at their core.
The 49th training session of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps brought in panelists to speak about the climate issues happening worldwide — and to educate local leaders about how to address these issues across the Southwest. Ranging from Indigenous artist Fawn Douglas to “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott, the panelists each shared their own perspectives on climate change’s impact and how policymakers should approach solutions.
In Search of Funding, Tribal Communities Are Turning to Corporate Investment to Embrace Solar Power (4/13/22)
The very first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land in the continental U.S. began operating just five years ago. Built on some 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada, the 250 megawatt project provides enough electricity for over 100,000 homes each year; all power generated is sold some 300 miles away to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In the next two years, two more major Moapa-led utility-scale projects will come online—at a combined 500 megawatts, the additions will be among the biggest yet on tribal lands.
Renewable Energy: Jobs of the future (4/6/22)
The job market in Indian Country is tough. Edmond Salt knows that as well as anybody.
A 42-year-old father of five and a Navajo citizen from Kayenta, Arizona, Salt once wanted one of the in-demand jobs with the local coal mine. While he managed to get a temporary job, Salt couldn’t snag a permanent position in a competitive environment with relatively few openings.
TSAF Awarded Bezos Earth Fund Grant (12/6/21)
GRID Alternatives, a national leader in providing access to clean, affordable renewable energy, received a $12 million multi-year grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to grow the scope and scale of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund. The Fund is a tribal-led program that partners with tribal communities across the United States to develop their renewable energy capacity and expand solar job opportunities.