About

Local leaders tout San Diego as "America's Solar City", and a look at the San Diego Solar Map is impressive. But dig a little deeper and you won't find many solar rooftops in San Diego's low-income neighborhoods. GRID Alternatives San Diego is working to change that. From San Ysidro to Escondido, Barrio Logan to Julian, we are bringing the power of solar electricity to low-income families, rooftop by rooftop, at the rate of about two homes a week. And we do it all with the help of community volunteers and job trainees, who can use the experience to help them get jobs in the rapidly growing solar industry.

Learn more about our work by exploring the buttons below, or visit our partner page to find out ways to get involved.




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

When we put solar on a home, much of the energy it produces ends up back on the power grid, earning credits... Read more ›
Every member of the GRID San Diego community is vital to our success. We used our end of year event, Solstice,... Read more ›
Ms. Phillips’ environmental motivations weren’t motivation enough for local solar contractors. Read more ›
Hung Nguyen and his family are finally catching a break. After months of electricity bills exceeding $400, they... Read more ›
Local chapters of two non-profits came together on Saturday, August 20, 2016 to install a solar electric system... Read more ›
“One thing I’ve really noticed about people working in wind or solar is that they’re passionate, they’re really... Read more ›
Cathlean Ramsey's tireless activism has significantly diminished crime rates in the Skyline Neighborhood, one... Read more ›
“Firstly, don’t be afraid to call and see if you qualify, it’s easy and it doesn’t hurt." Read more ›