Alternative Break

Attention College and High School students: Learn how to install solar with your classmates and colleagues, serve the community, and help build the foundation for a renewable energy future! Volunteer with GRID Alternatives Inland Empire during your school Break!

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit solar contractor that installs low to no cost systems for income-qualified homeowners throughout the State of California.  GRID Alternatives Inland Empire office is launching the Alternative Break Program geared towards college students. GRID sees the time between quarters/semesters as an excellent opportunity to serve the community, learn how to install solar as a team, and help build a foundation for a sustainable energy future.

Why?  Why not!

Be involved in the local green movement

Empower the lives of low-income homeowners

Learn hands-on skills in residential solar installs

Gain team building / resume building experience

Support GRID Alternatives’ programs and come out during your summer, winter, or spring break periods!

GRID IE – Alternative Break Details

  • Min 8 - Max 12 students per installation team
  • Fundraise $150/student (funds used to purchase materials/equipment & support GRIDs Programs)
  • $25 non-refundable fee w/ application
  • Applications due 4-5 weeks before break period
  • $125 balance 3 weeks before your scheduled install


  • Minimum 3 days during your Break Period:

   -1st Day: Volunteer Orientation

   -2nd Day:  First Day of Install

   -3rd Day:  Complete installation and Celebrate

  • Lunch provided both days of installation
  • Volunteer Accident Insurance + Tools provided

NOTE:  We are currently accepting applications for Alternative Summer Break 2013 now through May.

Interested  Individuals & Teams should contact Cynthia Corrales for more information (


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