U.S. Bank extends its partnership with GRID Alternatives, a national leader in making renewable energy technology and job training accessible to communities who don’t have access to solar through a $100,000 grant. Additionally, U.S. Bank is partnering with the American Indian College Fund to offer $50,000 in renewable scholarships to students from tribal communities over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
U.S. Bank’s Community Possible giving and engagement platform focuses on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The partnership with GRID formed last year through an initial $100,000 grant helped provide nearly 100 tribal members with hands-on solar installation training and supported 65 solar installation projects in tribal communities.
“Solar provides families and communities the opportunity to generate clean, affordable power, take ownership over their energy, and learn about renewable energy technology,” said Tim Willink, director of tribal programs with GRID Alternatives. “With continued support from U.S. Bank, we will work with tribal communities to achieve their clean energy goals while providing hands-on training for local tribal members looking for entry in the solar industry.”
With renewed support from U.S. Bank, GRID plans to install up to 1.2 megawatts of solar power on over 60 low-income tribal homes and community buildings for tribal partners in Arizona, California, Colorado New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Washington in the coming year. Additionally, the extended partnership will allow GRID to provide hands-on solar training for up to 100 tribal members, provide intensive professional development opportunities for tribal members through their SolarCorps Fellowship Program, and strengthen partnerships with tribal colleges and job training organizations in tribal communities.
“Environmental responsibility is integral to the success of our business,” said Reba Dominski, Chief Social Responsibility Officer for U.S. Bank. “Extending our partnership with GRID is one of the ways we are addressing environmental challenges. GRID does extensive work to create sustainable jobs, power more homes and communities with renewable energy and offer fellowships for tribal members. We are grateful for our continued partnership and the work we will accomplish together into 2020.”
Finally, U.S. Bank will work with the College Fund to award scholarships to students pursing post-secondary degrees in fields of study that lead to careers in solar energy. The College Fund will support higher education attainment, career readiness services, hands-on training, and job placement for these scholars, thereby supporting environmental sustainability and energy sovereignty for tribal communities.
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Susan Beatty, U.S. Bank