Sempra Foundation, an organization focused on investing in environmental justice initiatives, announced this Wednesday it committed more than $200,000 to an effort in Mexico. The initiative comes in partnership with Grid Alternatives. The parties will install five grid-tied solar projects located on vulnerable communities in Baja California, Mexico.
The projects will indeed benefit 40 families in the region, according to the statement. The capital commitment went through Grid Alternatives. This is a national leader in providing access to clean, affordable renewable energy to economic and environmental justice communities in the U.S. and internationally.
Moreover, the initiative with Sempra is not the only one on Mexican soil. In fact, just last month Grid Alternatives completed work on the first solar project located at a health center in Tijuana.
In addition, for the announced projects in Baja California, the parties identified seven communities and organizations in need of energy assistance. The locations include two orphanages, two Indigenous residential communities; also, a health center, a migrant center, and a hospice serving individuals experiencing homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
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Sempra Foundation proud to support such a portfolio
Furthermore, the projects will have a total capacity of 68 kW. Therefore, they will have an estimated avoidance of 1,930 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Such an amount would be equivalent to planting and growing over 32,000 trees. The companies will also train 60 local renewable energy students on solar installation. About half of those students will be women.
On the other hand, Lisa Alexander, director and board chair of Sempra Foundation, said. “We believe that access to resilient, affordable, and clean energy is critical to advancing a just and prosperous world.”
She also remarked. “Energy access is crucial to health, economic growth, and prosperity, and we are proud to support a portfolio of projects that are expected to result in affordable, cleaner energy for those in need.”
Finally, Jenean Smith, senior director of international programs for GRID Alternatives, also commented. “We are excited to work with Sempra Foundation on these important solar projects to help improve access to reliable electricity and reduce the burden of energy costs for organizations that are doing critical work in Mexico.”