Solar Spring Break

Come soak up some rays on your winter or spring break while learning to install solar and bringing clean, renewable power to families in need!

GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break is a service-learning program that gives college students from around the country the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar in underserved communities. More than that, students learn how the power of the sun can bring real-world benefits to real-world economic problems. Our Registration for 2019-20 season has closed, but our 2020-21 season will be open next Fall. We hope to see you then!

"Solar Spring Break really opened my eyes as to how new science and engineering technologies can be combined with helping those in need.   
-- Allie Shepard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I'm really interested in renewables and having hands-on experience really helped me understand the industry better."
-- Shomik Verma, Duke University

"My Solar Spring Break experience was magical to say the least. I gained a new perspective on the importance of solar energy and organizations like GRID Alternatives."
-- Kyle Weiner, North Carolina State University

Summary of Team Roles


Important Dates: 

Solar Spring Break Registration Open!

  • Deadline for Solar Spring Break winter trip registration -- October 04, 2019
  • Deadline for Solar Spring Break spring or summer trip registration -- November 15, 2019* (noon PT/3pm ET)
  • Deadline for Intercollegiate Student Leader application -- November 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Intercollegiate Student Team Member application -- November 25, 2019 (noon PT/3pm ET)

*The registration deadline for an International trip is at least nine months before the trip start date

Participate as an individual on the Solar Spring Break Intercollegiate Team

Students from schools across the country are coming together to participate in a Solar Spring Break experience that will be on March 9-13, 2020, in San Diego, CA.

In 2019, Solar Spring Breakers contributed to 39 solar installation projects that will save homeowners over $1 million in energy costs and prevent 5,900 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Check out our 2019 video to see all of this year’s participants in action!

Thank you to the following colleges and universities for making Solar Spring Break 2018-2019 a success!

Arizona State University
California State University, East Bay
California State University, San Bernardino
Duke University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
Navajo Technical University
North Carolina State University
Rice University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Michigan
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Villanova University

Shoutout to the following colleges and universities represented on the first-ever Intercollegiate Solar Spring Break Team in 2019! Check out their highlights!

State University of New York at Cortland
University of California, Berkeley
University of Cincinnati
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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Solar Spring Break is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Click here to read about our past Solar Spring Break adventures!