Expanding the GRID: Solar power is coming to deserving homeowners in New York and New Jersey

By Krista Van Tassel
September 30th, 2013

All good relationships simply get better over time. Take the collaboration between Wells Fargo and GRID Alternatives, an Oakland-based nonprofit that installs solar power systems for low-income families,  providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry and reducing carbon emissions.

In 2005, Wells Fargo team members began to volunteer for GRID. Not only was it a great way for our team members to learn more about solar energy and get involved in the Bay Area community, it marked the beginning of a meaningful association with a growing nonprofit. Since our first interactions with GRID in 2005, Wells Fargo has supported GRID Alternatives’ growth in California through an estimated $590,000 in grant funding and more than 1,000 volunteer hours.

In 2012, we announced a five-year, $2 million commitment to help GRID expand to other states.  In their first year of national expansion, Wells Fargo was pleased to help GRID Alternatives achieve outstanding results in their first stop outside of California: Colorado. Last year, Wells Fargo helped GRID launch in Colorado by sending 30 team members to help install solar at a Habitat for Humanity community in Lakewood, CO. This project enabled 12 families to bring clean renewable energy to their community, representing over 33 kW of solar power that will eliminate over 1,200 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years (the equivalent of planting over 30,000 trees) according to GRID’s estimations. GRID further estimates that each family will save an average of 75% on their electric bills.

GRID Alternatives is now moving farther east.  Next week GRID will launch in the New York/New Jersey area. On October 3 Wells Fargo will help welcome GRID to their newest neighborhood by providing more than 30 volunteers to help install solar energy on two homes in Asbury Park, NJ.

We’re proud of our on-going support of GRID Alternatives and look forward to helping bring their amazing work to more communities across the United States.


Tags:   employee   grant   grid   solar   volunteer   
Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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