Our Model

What We Do

GRID Alternatives’ International Program addresses a critical energy access gap in rural communities in Nicaragua and Nepal by bringing solar power to schools, health clinics, homes, farms and small businesses. We work exclusively in communities that are not served by the electrical grid, installing stand-alone photovoltaic systems and micro-grids that deliver clean, reliable electricity. The solar systems provide residents with basic services, remove obstacles to sustainable growth, and create economic opportunities for families and communities. Our community-centric approach puts the needs of the community first and engages residents in the process from start to finish so the systems stay in productive use for the long-term.  

Solar Energy Systems
We design and install off-grid photovoltaic systems that deliver clean energy to small businesses, homes, small farms, schools and health clinics. Our stand-alone and our micro-grids systems provide residents with enough energy to power appliances that can increase local income generation, helping to maintain the systems overtime and reduce poverty. Our solar systems enable the use of energy efficient lighting, cell phone charging, water pumping, refrigeration, access to information and many small electrical appliances for home or business use.

GRID provides trainings for the communities we work with before, during and after a solar project. In addition, GRID hosts an annual solar conference in Nicaragua that brings together leaders from each community we work in to share experiences and strengthen leadership, while learning about best practices, conflict resolution and solar system maintenance.  

Workforce Development
GRID provides opportunities for residents from the countries we work in to gain hands-on solar installation experience, helping build their skills and resumes to gain employment in the rapidly growing solar industry.

Experiential Learning
GRID offers a classroom in the field that teaches international participants about sustainable development and energy access solutions. Travelers stay in-community and participate in an off-grid solar installation and related educational and cultural activities. Their trip fees provide financial support to make our projects possible.

Solar Lighting Program
Our Solar Lighting Program trains Nicaragua women to sell affordable high-quality solar lamps in and around their villages, cultivating entrepreneurship and providing a source of income. The lamps help replace more dangerous lighting alternatives and also charge cell phones.

Sharing Best Practices
GRID’s community-centric approach to our projects is a model for sustainable renewable energy development in rural communities worldwide. We share our best practices in energy access work with practitioners, researchers, governments and funding agencies through individual consultation, papers, conferences and project participation opportunities.  

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