Our Process

Here are the steps involved in receiving a solar system with GRID Alternatives.

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions or contact GRID.

1. Apply Now!

  • We’ll follow up by phone to determine if you’re eligible.
  • If you’re eligible, we’ll follow up with you and ask you to provide us with some documentation.
  • We will assign you a GRID Alternatives Outreach Coordinator to be your point of contact through the whole process.

2. Orientation

  • Your Outreach Coordinator will lead a presentation either at your home, the local GRID office, or at a specified location in your community. You’ll learn everything you need to know about going solar with GRID.
  • Your Outreach Coordinator will collect your completed application forms and all other necessary documentation.

3. Site Visit

  • A GRID Construction Staff member inspects your roof, taking measurements and photos to ensure your home is ready for solar.
  • If your home is ready for solar, we’ll begin designing a solar system for your home.
  • If your home is not ready for solar, your Outreach Coordinator will explain what you can do to get your home solar-ready.

4. Installation Date Confirmed

  • Once the design of your system is complete, your Outreach Coordinator will contact you to schedule the installation of your system.

5. Contract Signing

  • Your Outreach Coordinator will explain all necessary paperwork for you to sign. Paperwork must be signed before the system can be installed.
  • Your Outreach Coordinator will explain what you can expect on installation day.
  • We’ll pull the necessary permits for the City/County/Tribe and submit them for approval. This process can take several weeks or more.

6. Installation

  • System installation typically takes two full days and will be scheduled based on your availability.
  • Plan to prepare lunch for GRID Alternatives staff and volunteers installing your system.
  • Keep your front and back yard clear for staff and volunteers to work and move safely around your property.
  • Secure all pets and children inside the house.
  • We also ask that all adult family members participate in their system installation and make lunch for the workers on installation day, if they are able.

7. Inspections

  • City/County/Tribal staff will come to your home to inspect the solar system.
  • A representative from your utility will come to your home to inspect the solar system and electrical service panel.

8.  Turning On Your System

  • Once inspections are complete we will submit interconnection paperwork to your utility. The amount of time this takes depends on your utility.
  • Do not turn on your system until you’re notified by GRID Alternatives and your utility that you have permission to do so.

9. Post-Installation Meeting

  • After your system has been interconnected, you will be invited to attend a post-installation meeting to review your system warranty and electric bill.
  • We’ll answer any questions you have about your system.  
Get Solar

GRID provides NO-COST solar for families with low to moderate incomes. You can save up to 90% on your electricity bills!

Our clients say...

"The last three months, I've saved at least $70 a month. GRID Alternatives folks are polite, helpful, and efficient. I would recommend anyone to participate in their program of energy conservation through solar energy."
- Jose Menjivar-Lopez