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. 

Introducing Solar Spark: a virtual collegiate conference

In order to plan in advance for the health and safety of our communities, volunteers, and staff, like many of you, we’ve had to change our typical programming for 2021 and will not be having our usual in-person Solar Spring Break (SSB). Instead, we are excited to be hosting Solar Spark, a virtual collegiate conference focused on environmental equity and sustainability that will be put on by students and for students! 

"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






In 2020, 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 engaged in the Solar Spring Break Service-Learning Curriculum!

  • California State University, East Bay
  • Duke University
  • Fort Lewis College
  • George Mason University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Miami Dade College
  • Michigan State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Villanova University
  • Wenworth Institute of Technology

Shoutout to the following colleges and universities represented on the  Intercollegiate Solar Spring Break Team in 2020!

  • Virginia Polytechnical and State University
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Appalachia State University
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Solar Spring Break is sponsored by Wells Fargo.


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