Solar for Affordable Housing

GRID Alternatives New York Tri-State is a nonprofit solar installer and technical assistance provider with a unique workforce development and community engagement model. We make solar easy for affordable housing developers, owners, and operators.


Comprehensive technical assistance at no cost

  • Complete portfolio assessment for multifamily housing owners
  • Identification of options for funding and installing solar on existing or new construction/rehab buildings
  • Owner representation, bid analysis and other services to support the implementation of solar
  • Connection with workforce development and energy efficiency education opportunities for residents
  • Evaluation of energy efficiency and battery storage options

Turnkey in-house solar design and installation services

GRID Alternatives New York Tri-State is a fully licensed solar contractor. We provide cost-competitive solar installation for affordable housing in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, using a unique community engagement model that includes:

  • Energy efficiency and solar education for residents
  • Hands-on training opportunities for residents and local job trainees to help them access jobs in the growing solar industry


Affordable Solar New York

We have partnered with Solar One and Co-op Power to provide free technical assistance and zero-down solar financing options to Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) cooperatives and affordable housing providers in New York City. Fill out the interest form to learn how much your HDFC co-op or affordable housing organization can save with solar!


GRID Alternatives has provided technical assistance to policymakers, affordable housing providers, city and county government agencies, and Native American tribes across the country. Our work includes consulting with HUD to help meet President Obama's goal of 300MW of solar on federally-assisted housing; directly securing funding for partners like NeighborWorks America affiliate organizations; and direct management of California's $162 million Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes Program and the Department of California Services and Development's $14 million Low Income Weatherization Program.

Special thanks to The JPB Foundation for its generous support of our technical assistance services.