About

The GRID Alternatives Central Coast office opened its doors in the summer of 2010 and currently serves clients in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Building on relationships previously established by our Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area Offices, we have plans to serve hundreds of low-income families with the support of local communites and agencies in the months and years to come. Check out our project map to see where we work.



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

GRID Central Coast is happy to announce that Solarthon will return in May 2017! Read more ›
November is a time of giving thanks and GRID Alternatives Central Coast would like to take the opportunity to... Read more ›
It’s the end of year again, and 2017 is right around the corner! Throughout 2016 we celebrated many... Read more ›
It was a beautiful summer afternoon at Leadbetter Beach in sunny Santa Barbara. Excitement was building as 50... Read more ›
Nearly three years ago, Los Banos native Jesse Cortez applied to GRID’s Central Valley office in hopes of... Read more ›
GRID Alternatives Central Coast is pleased to announce the certification of 4 new team leaders working to... Read more ›
On Friday, June 10, a team of eight SnapNrack employee volunteers from up and down the California coast came... Read more ›
GRID Alternatives Central Coast recently opened a new office to serve low-income homeowners in the Northern... Read more ›