GRID Alternatives Cycling Tour, 2016

NYC GRID crew installing a solar array in New Jersey.

NYC GRID crew installing a solar array in New Jersey.

 

From April to September, 2016, I traveled almost 6000 miles on a bicycle over a number of months and visited a total of 11 regional GRID Alternatives offices - 8 in California (San Diego, Inland Empire, Greater LA, Central Valley, Central Coast, Bay Area, Bay Area North Coast and North Valley) - and then 3 more GRID offices in Denver, New York City and Washington, DC. Beginning in San Diego, the route zigzagged northward through California, then east across the Rocky Mountains through Nevada and Utah to Denver, and across the great midwest and the Appalachian mountains back to my home in NYC. The final leg of the tour from GRID's New York office to GRID's Washington DC office took place from September 17 - 21the signature through a group ride from NYC to Washington DC with Climate Ride. At each office I met with GRID staff and participated in volunteer installations wherever possible, blogged about the trip (see below), and fundraised for GRID's programs. Funds were raised through a Climate Ride Independent Challenge. GRID's teams of volunteers come together to install solar systems for low income homeowners at no cost to homeowners. In addition, GRID’s hands-on training has evolved into one of the best solar training programs in the country. Your generous donation will help GRID Alternatives improve the bottom line for homeowners, decrease carbon emissions, and offer workforce training in the solar field - from marketing and sales to system installation - for individual homes, businesses, community solar and affordable housing. This is how to put people to work; solar has been the fastest growing industry in the country for the last four years!

A map of Grid Alternatives regional offices and a map of my route "in development" can be found here.