GRID Alternatives provides no- to very-low-cost solar power for low-income families while providing hands-on installation experience for job seekers and community volunteers. We also offer technical assistance and turnkey installation services to multifamily affordable housing developers, and are working with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities to develop the first community solar projects in the country dedicated to low-income communities.
Hands-on experience is central to our model, and we want to help turn that experience into meaningful employment opportunities for people in communities we serve. Our job training programs and initiatives include:
- Installation Basics Training program, awards trainees with certificates for industry-relevant skills learned and demonstrated in GRID’s unique, hands-on training environment
- Team Leader program, providing advanced skills training for experienced volunteers
- RISE - Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy, a workforce diversity initiative
- National Women in Solar Initiative
- SolarCorps, one-year fellowships in partnership with AmeriCorps
- Solar Futures, a K-14 education program offering classroom curriculum and hands-on training for youth
- Troops to Solar Initiative, providing solar industry workforce training to U.S. military veterans and active service members
GRID Alternatives partners with tribal communities to help them achieve their clean energy goals while providing financial savings and job training opportunities to improve their members' quality of life.
Travel to Nicaragua with GRID Alternatives to light up rural communities for the first time! We offer multiple "voluntourism" trips throughout the year, as well as opportunities for private sponsored trips for corporate and student teams.