"GRID gave me the opportunity to learn more about solar, to get hands-on experience and learn ways to get natural resources and parlay them into energy that we can use for the future. It's a wonderful opportunity and I'm grateful that GRID allows us to come here and get our hands dirty." - Volunteer Sidney Maduforo

GRID has canceled volunteer opportunities on all of our public installations indefinitely effective March 16, 2020. Learn more about GRID's pandemic response here.


Volunteering on a solar installation with GRID Alternatives is a great way to give back to your community while getting hands-on with solar technology. No experience is required. Whether you are a solar enthusiast, community activist, a volunteer with your company, or a college student looking for a meaningful way to spend your spring break, our licensed installers will teach you everything you need to know. Our Solar Installation Training Programs provide additional training for those looking for jobs in the solar industry.  

The GRID Volunteer Process

Signing up to volunteer with GRID is a four-step process.


    Sign Up

    You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the GRID portal.

  • 2

    Create a Login

    We'll email you a link to the GRID Portal. Click it to create a login.

  • 3

    Attend an Orientation

    Visit the Opportunities Calendar to select an orientation near you.

  • 4

    Sign up for an Opportunity

    Sign up for an installation or other event from the Opportunities Calendar.

If you can’t attend an orientation in person, we also host monthly online orientations. You must have access to a computer to view the presentation.  

Once you attend an orientation, you can volunteer with GRID Alternatives!

While most of our volunteer opportunities are installing solar for families with limited incomes, some of our regional offices offer additional volunteer opportunities, such as:

  • Canvassing with our outreach team to introduce families to our services
  • Resume building and mock interview workshops to help job trainees prepare for the workforce
  • Special event support


Team Leader Ashley beams from the roof

“I started volunteering with GRID when I moved to California to work in solar after college. Working with volunteers and homeowners is endlessly inspirational, and time on the job site brings credibility and insight to my career. I love teaching as a team lead and learn something new on every install!”
-- Ashley Gremel, Bay Area volunteer

Volunteer in Your Community

Volunteering with GRID happens at the local level. Please contact the regional office that serves your area or email volunteersupport@gridalternatives.org for assistance.

Having trouble finding your office, or need to connect with your local volunteer coordinator? Click here for contact information.

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