The GRID Alternatives Bay Area office was formed in 2009 and currently shares an office with GRID Headquarters. Since 2004, the Bay Area and Headquarters office have helped hundreds of homeowners save thousands of dollars in electricity bills through solar installations and energy efficiency while preventing greenhouse gases and providing hands-on experience to eager volunteers and job-trainees. In the Bay Area we have installed over 1000 solar PV systems for low-income families. Click here to see a map of our projects and the counties we serve. In 2014, we are on track to install another 150 systems.

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

Welcome to the next installment of our new Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to... Read more ›
Enphase volunteers help GRID install solar on the Little Lake Grange community center in Willits, CA. Read more ›
This past Saturday, Melvin Ray Jackson, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, welcomed a special group... Read more ›
It was a good day for solar jobs here at GRID Bay Area. It started with an email from an employer partner... Read more ›
Welcome to the next installment of our new Staff Spotlight feature, where we share a brief interview to... Read more ›
GRID Alternatives recently kicked off an exciting new partnership with Facebook to provide no... Read more ›
On the chilly first weekend in April, a group of seven women set out for a long drive and a one-of-a-kind... Read more ›
23 SunPower employee volunteers were on site in March to help bring solar to Marcus Garvey Commons--a 22-unit... Read more ›