"We believe that access to resilient, affordable and clean energy is critical to advancing a just and prosperous world," said Lisa Alexander, director and board chair of Sempra Foundation. "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."
The project in Mexico is part of a broader commitment by Sempra Foundation to help improve lives and build stronger, more resilient communities by expanding energy access. Sempra Foundation and GRID Alternatives identified seven communities and organizations in northern Baja California, Mexico, in need of energy assistance as they work to provide necessities for those they support. The locations include two orphanages, two Indigenous residential communities, a health center, a migrant center and a hospice serving individuals experiencing homelessness and living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
"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," said Jenean Smith, senior director of international programs for GRID Alternatives. "We are also providing hands-on training for local students pursuing clean energy careers, as pandemic safety protocols allow."
Creating a Positive Impact
In Mexico, more than 10 million residents live without access to reliable electricity. The solar installations are expected to result in: