GRID Alternatives Colorado has now installed over 1200 kW of solar throughout Colorado, saving more than 350 families over $8,200,000 over the systems' lifetimes, preventing more than 38,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions (the equivalent of 7,300 cars off the road for a year), and training more than 1000 volunteers and job trainees.
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. In addition, GRID Alternatives Colorado is working with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities to develop the first community solar arrays in the country that exclusively benefit underserved communities. Learn more.
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.