A new partnership has formed between Oakland-based GRID Alternatives, a a non-profit solar installer, and Veterans Greens Jobs, a non-profit organization that helps veterans find work in the green economic sector. GRID Alternatives specializes in installing solar panels for low-income families and using volunteers to do it. Both organizations aim to give veterans training and work experience related to solar panel instillation.
“Veterans Green Jobs has been a great partner for us in Colorado from the get-go, connecting us with veteran volunteers and providing us with all manner of logistical support,” said Erica Mackie, CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. “This is a great opportunity for both of our organizations to advance our shared goal of promoting green energy and increasing green employment for people who need it most.”
After a successful pilot project last Fall, it’s clear that this joint operation will help the one million veterans projected to leave the military between 2011 and 2016. Danny Moore, an Army veteran and volunteer during the pilot, gained experience installing rails, laying out solar arrays, wiring, and installing junction boxes. “My schooling has set me up for this, but I need more than the schoolhouse knowledge,” Danny said.