In a little less than 3 weeks, I will be in San Diego installing solar panels on low-income homes, to help families in the San Pasqual tribe access affordable alternative energy.
The reservation is in northeastern San Diego County, California, near Valley Center. I will be staying on the reservation with a few other UNC Chapel Hill students, mostly fellow members of Epsilon Eta, the Environmental Honors Fraternity. We’re volunteering together through GRID Alternatives, which works to help low-income homeowners gain access to solar. GRID is a non-profit organization that believes that “a successful transition to clean, renewable energy needs to include everyone” and works across the United States and internationally to “make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.”
For this Solar Spring Break, we’ll learn how to install the solar panels after we arrive in San Diego, and then get to work! We’ll also be able to learn more about the San Pasqual tribe and have dinner together a couple times during the course of the week.
Traveling out there and receiving training is a bit expensive, so we are fundraising to help cover some of the expenses we’ll incur. If you’d like to help support our journey and work installing solar for low-income families, I do have a fundraising page and appreciate it so much!
Either way, I hope you check back as I post more about this trip, the tribe, and solar access!