Powering Tribal Homes with Solar
The La Jolla band of Lisueño indians live in the extreme northeastern corner of San Diego County, where low incomes, intense sunshine, and lasting principles of environmental stewardship create excellent conditions for solar pv. What was not ideal was the unprecedented regulatory conditions governing solar installation on tribal land. But nonprofit organization GRID Alternatives – which brings affordable, sustainable energy solutions to low-income communities – spent over a year working hard to bring affordable solar electricity to the La Jolla.
Ten La Jolla families have gone solar through GRID Alternatives‘ program so far. And as one of GRID’s partners, Real Goods Solar was thrilled to be part of the project, installing six of the 10 systems. Real Goods Solar Construction Manager Aaron Ross, who worked on the installations, said, “the challenges of working in these communities are real, but the rewards are greater than perhaps any other installations we perform.”