About

The GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA) office opened in 2007 and serves Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.  What we do is simple - using a volunteer model, we install solar electric systems for families in underserved communities at no-cost.  Our impact however, is tremendous. 

Through this simple act, we are able to provide families a long-term solution to high energy bills, and offer community members hands-on experience that can help them obtain employment in the rapidly growing solar industry, all while producing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions.

Here in Los Angeles we work with a wide variety of partners to accomplish our unique triple bottom line of people, planet, employment.  We partner with local municipalities, corporations and foundations to provide the systems; businesses and community and technical colleges to provide job training; and nonprofit organizations, affordable housing providers, and other community organizations to reach the families we serve. 

Since our opening, our friendly Greater Los Angeles team has installed more than 1,120 solar electric systems for low-income families with the assistance of volunteers and job trainees. These solar electric systems help families save on their electricity bills and become more financially stable, while increasing the use of renewable energy. We do all we can to bridge environmental and economic sustainability, while being a center for diverse communities and sectors to come together and do some good. There's a lot of work to be done and a lot of fun to be had - so join us!   


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

On Thursday, December 15th, GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night... Read more ›
It is our volunteers who make our work at GRID possible. During this holiday season, we would like to shine the... Read more ›
As the nation expressed it's gratitude for our veterans on Veterans Day, we must never forget that the highest... Read more ›
On Wednesday, as part of Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the largest green building conference... Read more ›
Last month, we launched a bold canvassing pilot project aimed at reaching out to the community of Baldwin Hills... Read more ›
Here at GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, we are proud to be to engaging veterans through our Troops to... Read more ›
June is the season to kick off summer time fun, which usually includes good times, good music, and plenty of... Read more ›
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti visited a live installation in South Los Angeles today to highlight the city’s... Read more ›