GRID Alternatives installing 200 kW of solar in California tribal communities
A donation from a regional foundation will result in the installation of 200 kW of solar power in tribal communities in San Diego County and Bishop, California. The Sempra . Foundation donated over $350,000 to GRID Alternatives‘ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund, which will result in arrays being installed at single-family homes and apartment buildings in four reservations.
“Energy access is critical to empowering communities, reducing emissions and building a just future for all,” said Lisa Alexander, Sempra Foundation president and board chair. “Access to cleaner and more reliable forms of energy enables sustainable development – and we are proud to support this work in tribal communities across California.”
Nationally, a disproportionate number of Native American households live in energy poverty, with 14.2% lacking access to reliable energy — more than 10 times the national average. TSAF tackles barriers by building a renewable energy infrastructure that is cost-effective, engages broad tribal participation, and builds climate resilience.
“Solar energy and staff training are critical to building energy sovereignty in tribal communities,” said Tanksi Clairmont, director of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.
GRID Alternatives’ work to install solar projects in tribal communities typically cuts household energy bills by 75-90%, a savings that can be reinvested in other priorities.
“With this support, TSAF is catalyzing the leadership of our tribal partners in achieving their renewable energy goals,” said Adam Bad Wound, founder of the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund.
This project is part of a wider commitment by the Sempra Foundation to help improve lives and build stronger, more resilient communities by expanding access to energy. In September, the Sempra Foundation and GRID Alternatives announced that they were working to install solar energy projects to improve access to energy for communities in Mexico concerned about environmental justice.
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