GRID Alternatives Bay Area leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families from Santa Clara to Sonoma County, providing families with needed savings and giving Bay Area workers hands-on experience to help them find jobs in the green-tech economy. Additionally, the North Coast Tribal Satellite Office serves rural and tribal members in Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, and upper Sonoma counties. Be a part of the clean energy transition- become a client, volunteer or make a donation today!
“The only thing I pay for is gas,” says Huey Jones, “so I just enjoy myself.” Huey, elderly homeowner and longtime resident of Richmond, CA, got solar on his home in 2010 through GRID Alternatives. Huey has a lot of youthful energy for a man in his 80's, and when he noticed something curious going on in his neighborhood, he didn't miss the opportunity to get in on the action. “I seen they put it up on my neighbor’s house, and all the people coming around taking pictures, and I’m nosy you know, I wanted to find out what was going on.” says Huey of his first glimpse of a GRID install.
Kim Pham is a former Naval Nuclear Officer. She was in the Navy for five and a half years, and studied nuclear engineering at UC Berkeley. Though she comes from an engineering background, Kim didn’t know much about how solar works, or about the growing solar industry. When she left the Navy in 2013, Kim took a year off to volunteer and figure out what to do besides nuclear engineering, She heard about GRID from a fellow nuclear engineer.
Ryland Parry originally moved to the Bay Area to work at a cleantech startup, a venture which didn’t end up panning out. By the time the office shut down, he’d spent some time volunteering for GRID. Ryland says he was “shocked” that something like this could exist. He didn’t think there was a non-profit working in solar because it was so expensive.
Lawrence Jackson worked with GRID Alternatives to install solar panels on his home, not just to lower his bills but also "to help the environment - I want to be be part of the solution, not part of the problem." Eighty years old but "always ready to learn something new," Lawrence helped install his own solar electric system thanks to a partnership between GRID Alternatives an
In the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood one in six children suffers from asthma, chronic illness is four times the state average, and the infant mortality rate is the highest in the state. The solar systems installed by GRID Alternatives ameliorate these health hazards by preventing over 7,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That's equivalent to planting 164,542 trees, or taking 1,323 cars off the road!