Solar Affordable Housing Program

GRID Alternatives' Solar Affordable Housing Program makes solar power accessible to families who need the savings most, while providing hands-on solar installation experience to volunteers and job trainees.

The Solar Affordable Housing Program is GRID Alternatives' core program. We provide low-to-no cost solar electric systems to families that qualify as low income, and install them using a barnraising model that gives volunteers and job trainees hands-on experience they can use to get jobs in the growing solar industry. Each project has a triple impact: energy cost savings that help struggling families put food on the table or pay medical expenses; a classroom in the field for solar aspirants that supports local employment and the growing solar industry; and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that helps local governments reach their emissions targets and contributes to cleaner air for everyone.

With an estimated 20 million low income, owner-occupied single family homes in the United States, we have a tremendous opportunity to support the continued growth of solar and the long-term transition to clean, renewable energy that will benefit us all. Get involved today by partnering, volunteering or making a donation to support our work. 

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