Press Releases

GRID Alternatives has announced a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), to integrate research into GRID Alternatives projects providing solar power to communities around the world that lack access to electricity. RAEL researchers will work with GRID Alternatives staff and partners to study off-grid solar projects by GRID Alternatives in Nicaragua, Nepal, and tribal communities in the United States. 

GRID Alternatives today announced an expansion of its multifamily solar program to include free technical assistance nationally for affordable housing owners, developers, and operators. The program also offers turnkey solar PV design/installation for multifamily affordable housing in several states. The technical assistance service, launched to coincide with the Housing California conference in Sacramento, is funded by a grant from The JPB Foundation.

The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.

Sunrun announces a national partnership with GRID Alternatives to bring clean, affordable solar to more homeowners across the country. Sunrun will support GRID Alternatives' work in low-income communities nationwide through a combination of employee volunteerism, philanthropic support and in-kind equipment donations. In addition to volunteering on installations around the country, Sunrun employees will offer career development support to GRID's workforce trainees.

GRID Alternatives announced a partnership with NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities, to extend the benefits of solar energy to lowincome families in New Jersey, New York, Colorado, and California. The partnership was announced at a three-home solar installation in Camden, N.J., one of the nation’s most economically disadvantaged communities.

The Colorado Energy Office is awarding $1.2 million in grant funding to GRID Alternatives to implement a solar demonstration project for low-income communities in Colorado. GRID Alternatives Colorado will develop up to 12 community solar systems, ranging in size from 50 to 500 kilowatts, throughout the state. Cumulatively, the demonstration project will provide over one megawatt of installed solar capacity. The projects will serve at least 300 low-income families and are expected to offset at least 50 percent of subscribing families’ electricity costs over each four-year subscription term.