About

The GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA) office opened in 2007 and serves Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.  What we do is simple - using a volunteer model, we install solar electric systems for families in underserved communities at no-cost.  Our impact however, is tremendous. 

Through this simple act, we are able to provide families a long-term solution to high energy bills, and offer community members hands-on experience that can help them obtain employment in the rapidly growing solar industry, all while producing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions.

Here in Los Angeles we work with a wide variety of partners to accomplish our unique triple bottom line of people, planet, employment.  We partner with local municipalities, corporations and foundations to provide the systems; businesses and community and technical colleges to provide job training; and nonprofit organizations, affordable housing providers, and other community organizations to reach the families we serve. 

Since our opening, our friendly Greater Los Angeles team has installed more than 1,120 solar electric systems for low-income families with the assistance of volunteers and job trainees. These solar electric systems help families save on their electricity bills and become more financially stable, while increasing the use of renewable energy. We do all we can to bridge environmental and economic sustainability, while being a center for diverse communities and sectors to come together and do some good. There's a lot of work to be done and a lot of fun to be had - so join us!   


Solar Programs

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. Learn more.


Workforce Development

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 workforce development programs and initiatives include: 

  • Installation Training Programs, training programs offering volunteers hands-on installation training to develop their skills and increase employment opportunities.
  • National Women in Solar Initiative, a national initiative to build a more inclusive solar workforce and connect an industry that needs good people with communities that need good jobs.
  • SolarCorps Fellowships, one-year placements at GRID Alternatives that give participants the opportunity to get broad and deep experience in a variety of aspects of the industry.
  • Solar Futures, a K-14 education program offering classroom curriculum and hands-on training for youth.
  • Troops to Solar, an initiative supported by Wells Fargo to connect veterans to solar industry jobs by providing workforce training to U.S. military veterans and active service members across the country. 

Regional News

We're committed, as always, to a solar energy revolution whose benefits include everyone. That's why for the... Read more ›
Mayor Aja Brown stopped by our install site in Compton on May 7 to see what a non-profit that helps low-income... Read more ›
During the fair, more than 200 resumes were collected, and the event drew well over that number of people... Read more ›
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When undergraduate and graduate students spend a week at GRIDLA activities, everything from the site visits to... Read more ›
In February, Outreach took our show on the road: a beautiful assortment of slides, stories and info for a... Read more ›
"Under different circumstances I would have never met or been in the same room as a UCLA student or engineer or... Read more ›
GRID Alternatives supports equity and second chances for all. We see the solar industry as a vehicle to open up... Read more ›