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 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. Fill out our Interest Form so that your team will be ready to go!

"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, without a doubt, one of the most impactful experiences of my life.”  
-- Rosalynn Phan, North Carolina State University





New this year: the Solar Spring Break Intercollegiate Team! Submit your application today!

Students from schools across the country are coming together to participate in a Solar Spring Break experience in Sacramento, California from May 21-25, 2018. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Important Dates:

Solar Spring Break registration opens August 24, 2017.

  • Deadline for Intercollegiate Student Leader application -- October 27, 2017
  • Deadline for Intercollegiate Student Team Member application -- Still accepting applications
  • Deadline for Solar Spring Break winter trip registration -- October 20, 2017
  • Deadline for Solar Spring Break spring or summer trip registration -- November 17, 2017*

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


In 2017, Solar Spring Breakers contributed to 21 solar installation projects that will save homeowners over $2 million in energy costs and prevent nearly 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Check out our 2017 video to see all of this year’s participants in action!

Thank you to the following colleges and universities for making Solar Spring Break 2017 a success!

Arizona State University
Beloit College
California State University, East Bay
Duke University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan State University
Mills College
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
Santa Clara University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Nevada, Reno
University of North Carolina

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Solar Spring Break is sponsored by Wells Fargo.


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