At GRID Alternatives, we believe that a successful transition to clean, renewable energy needs to include everyone. We are working across the United States and in Nicaragua to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that brings together community partners, volunteers and job trainees to implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families, providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean, local energy that benefits us all. Since 2004, we have installed more than 12 MW of clean, renewable power for over 4,000 families, preventing the release of 340,000 tons of greenhouse gasses over the systems' lifetimes and providing more than $110 million in energy cost savings. More than 15,000 volunteers and job trainees have also received hands-on solar installation experience to-date. 

We are based in Oakland, California and currently have nine regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and will be expanding to serve the Mid-Atlantic region in Summer 2014. We also have staff on the ground in Nicaragua.

News From the Field

GRID Alternatives hosted a Women in Solar panel discussion during Intersolar North America on the... Read more ›
We're celebrating a renewal and expansion of our partnership with SunPower including a large-scale... Read more ›
GRID led a team of SolarCity volunteers to El Islote, Nicaragua to install solar power on a primary... Read more ›
On May 17th, the five members of GRID’s Climate Ride team depart San Francisco for a four day ride... Read more ›
We are so excited to be honored in Washington D.C. as a White House Champion of Change, joined by... Read more ›
Enphase Partnership
The expansion this year of our long-standing partnership with Enphase Energy will allow us to serve... Read more ›
Solar puns like "you con-du-it!" abounded as University of Vermont and University of Michigan... Read more ›
We held a big party in the heart of downtown San Francisco to celebrate the last ten years of GRID... Read more ›
International work has always been part of GRID Alternatives' long-term vision of bringing solar to... Read more ›
This past February, GRID Alternatives took a group of volunteers from Sunrun on a powerful journey... Read more ›