About

 GRID Alternatives Central Valley office helps low-income families save money and supports local community volunteers, job trainees and job seekers with hands-on solar experience by installing solar electric systems for families in Central Valley neighborhoods.

Since 2009, we've helped over 900 low-income families go solar throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties.







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

As a little girl, Jackie loved working on home improvement projects with her father. She has been interested in... Read more ›
Spring is in the air bringing nature to its prime and gifting us with bountiful sunshine, green landscapes and... Read more ›
Mandated to work seven days a week in the receiving department of an agricultural packing plant, Raymond was... Read more ›
Marissa Torres sits at the reception desk at GRID Central Valley eagerly typing away. She is always quiet and... Read more ›
Intercepted by GRID Alternatives! In 2016 more than 24,000 tons of greenhouse gasses were stopped in their... Read more ›
This year, Darlin Velasco found herself in a situation that nearly every high school student experiences as... Read more ›
This year’s Central Valley Solarthon was held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Dinuba, CA. 140 volunteers... Read more ›
The world as we know it is changing. Deficiencies in our prior practices reflected by climate change and... Read more ›