Our Process

Family turning on their power.
Here are the steps involved in receiving a solar system with GRID Alternatives.

For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions or contact GRID.

1. Apply Now!

  • We’ll follow up by phone to determine if you’re eligible.
  • If you’re eligible, we’ll follow up with you and ask you to provide us with some documentation.
  • We will assign you a GRID Alternatives Outreach Coordinator to be your point of contact through the whole process.

2. Orientation

  • Your Outreach Coordinator will lead a presentation either at your home, the local GRID office, or at a specified location in your community. You’ll learn everything you need to know about going solar with GRID.
  • Your Outreach Coordinator will collect your completed application forms and all other necessary documentation.

3. Site Visit

  • A GRID Construction Staff member inspects your roof, taking measurements and photos to ensure your home is ready for solar.
  • If your home is ready for solar, we’ll begin designing a solar system for your home.
  • If your home is not ready for solar, your Outreach Coordinator will explain what you can do to get your home solar-ready.

4. Installation Date Confirmed

  • Once the design of your system is complete, your Outreach Coordinator will contact you to schedule the installation of your system.

5. Contract Signing

  • Your Outreach Coordinator will explain all necessary paperwork for you to sign. Paperwork must be signed before the system can be installed.
  • Your Outreach Coordinator will explain what you can expect on installation day.
  • We’ll pull the necessary permits for the City/County/Tribe and submit them for approval. This process can take several weeks or more.

6. Installation

  • System installation typically takes two full days and will be scheduled based on your availability.
  • Plan to prepare lunch for GRID Alternatives staff and volunteers installing your system.
  • Keep your front and back yard clear for staff and volunteers to work and move safely around your property.
  • Secure all pets and children inside the house.
  • We also ask that all adult family members participate in their system installation and make lunch for the workers on installation day, if they are able.

7. Inspections and Funding Approvals

  • City/County/Tribal staff will come to your home to inspect the solar system.
  • GRID will work with any funding programs for the solar system on your home to get necessary funding approvals.
  • A representative from your utility will come to your home to inspect the solar system and electrical service panel.

8.  Turning On Your System

  • Once inspections and funding approvals are completed, GRID will take care of all the interconnection paperwork to get your electric utility provider's approval to turn the solar system on. The amount of time this takes depends on your utility.
  • Do not turn on your system until you’re notified by GRID Alternatives and your utility that you have permission to do so.

9. Post-Installation Meeting

  • After your system has been interconnected, you will be invited to attend a post-installation meeting to review your system warranty and electric bill.
  • We’ll answer any questions you have about your system.  
Get Solar

GRID provides NO-COST solar for families with low to moderate incomes. You can save up to 90% on your electricity bills!

Our clients say...

"The last three months, I've saved at least $70 a month. GRID Alternatives folks are polite, helpful, and efficient. I would recommend anyone to participate in their program of energy conservation through solar energy."
- Jose Menjivar-Lopez