Government Partnerships

GRID Alternatives works with local and state government agencies to help them meet their goals for reducing energy use, diversifying their energy portfolios, lowering housing costs in their affordable homeownership programs, and developing a strong local workforce.

Benefits to municipalities

In 2006, California led the nation in passing AB32, an ambitious bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Since then, other state and local governments have followed by setting their own goals to implement clean energy solutions and reduce pollution of all kinds. GRID Alternatives partners with municipalities and government agencies to help them meet their energy diversity targets, ensure that low-income communities are included in their efforts, and at the same time make homeownership more affordable in these communities.


Current partners

In 2008, GRID Alternatives was selected as the statewide program manager on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission for the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program, a California Solar Initiative program specifically targeting low-income homeowners. We have also worked with the D.C. government to develop a low-income solar program, and received a major grant from NYSERDA to build out our program in New York. We also partner with local governments in all of our service areas to implement local and regional solar programs and identify potential clients for our services. Key cities include San Francisco; Richmond, CA; the City of San Louis Obispo; the City of San Diego and Lakewood, CO. To learn more about local government partnerships in your area, click on a region below.

News From the Field

CPUC staffers on the roof
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff spend a lot of time thinking about solar these... Read more ›
We're celebrating a renewal and expansion of our partnership with SunPower including a large-scale... Read more ›
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On May 17th, the five members of GRID’s Climate Ride team depart San Francisco for a four day ride... 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 ›
This past February, GRID Alternatives took a group of volunteers from Sunrun on a powerful journey... Read more ›
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“"I am convinced the only solution we can find to climate change is one that must include women and... Read more ›