GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angles leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems for low-income families in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties, providing families with needed savings and giving area workers hands-on experience to help them find employment in the green-tech economy. Since we opened in 2007, we’ve helped over 800 low-income families go solar throughout the Greater Los Angeles region. Be a part of the clean energy transition- become a client, volunteer or make a donation today!
When Dwight DeMar started volunteering with GRID Alternatives through a partnership with Homeboy Industries, a non-profit serving formerly gang-involved men and women, he just couldn’t get enough. A recovering addict who was trying to turn his life around, Dwight saw solar as a chance for a fresh start. He attended East L.A. Skills Center to get certified in solar, but he says that volunteering with GRID is what made everything click.
Born and raised in Thailand, Vivi received a B.S. in Chemistry in her home country. Now she's pursuing degrees in Renewable Energy and Computer Aided Drafting at Goldenwest College, Huntington Beach. Vivi started with GRID Alternatives as an installation volunteer around July 2013 and worked her way up to be a ground and roof Team Leader in 5 months.
Isabel's interest in solar energy started at Santa Monica College where she took a Photovoltaics course. In the classroom, Isabel realized the need to increase awareness about solar energy and soon became a frequent volunteer with GRID. Her ambition and dedication were obvious and as a result she was approached about the SolarCorps Outreach Fellowship.
Jorge Valdez started volunteering with GRID in February of 2012. At that time Jorge was pursuing a degree in alternative energy technology, living out of his car, and working long shifts at a warehouse making as little as eight dollars an hour. Jorge had ambition - he wanted to get into the solar industry, and volunteering with GRID gave him the opportunity to learn about each step of the installation process and gain the experience that he needed to pursue his dream career.