Current Projects

Turning the Lights on in Northern Baja California 

Two people install solar panels on a roof in Mexico

More than 10 million residents live without reliable and safe electricity in Mexico. One million people in Mexico don’t have access to electricity at all. The Sempra Foundation is supporting two orphanages, one health center, one migrant center, one hospice, and 40 families in Ensenada, Tijuana, Tecate, and Mexicali by bringing clean, affordable solar power through GRID Alternatives. 

Once complete, these projects will bring clean, reliable energy to communities that will benefit by seeing financial savings to increase food and household budgets, having access to specialized healthcare and supportive services, and the ability to upgrade their appliances and equipment. 

In addition, there are plans to train 60 students — from universities such as The Center for Technical and Higher Education and the Technical University of Tijuana — studying renewable energy on solar panel installation. The goal is to have at least half of the trainees be female to create new career opportunities for women.


Expanding Renewable Energy Access for Tribal Communities

A woman sits next to her wood-burning stove in Mexico

A disproportionate number of Native American households live in energy poverty. More than 14% of families have no access to reliable energy — that’s more than 10 times the national average. The Sempra Foundation is helping to fund work by GRID Alternatives to bring clean, affordable solar power to five residential projects benefiting four tribes in California: three in San Diego County and one in Bishop. When the projects are completed, more than 200 tribal community members will gain access to clean, affordable energy, which will provide economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities.