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 and communities!

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 economic and environmental justice communities. More than that, students learn how the power of the sun can bring real-world benefits to real-world economic problems. 

"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

Solar Spark 2021: a virtual collegiate conference

To ensure the health and safety of our communities, volunteers, and staff, like many of you, we had to change our typical programming for 2021 and did not host the usual in-person Solar Spring Break (SSB). Instead, we we were able to work virtually with college students from across the country to put on our first-ever collegiate conference, Solar Spark. The conference focused on environmental equity and sustainability and had over 120 college student attendees learning and talking about how they can make change and get involved. Stay tuned for 2022 collegiate programming opportunities. 

"The Solar Spark conference taught me that there is space for scientists and engineers in social justice movements, and having a STEM background can allow me to make unique contributions to causes I believe in, like racial justice.” - Emily

“Wow I learned so much - the main take-away [from Solar Spark] I had was energy is a poorly distributed resource and it takes a combination of social justice, technology innovation, and community awareness to shape a sustainable and equitable grid system.” - Elisabeth


In 2020 and 2021, the Solar Spring Break season was affected by COVID-19 like many other alternative break programs. Check out our 2020 blog to learn more

Thank you to the following colleges and universities who helped to plan and put on the Solar Spark virtual collegiate conference in April 2021

  • North Carolina State University
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Stanford University
  • Duke University

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