Solar Service


July 15, 2020
Two SolarCorps Fellows pose side by side, smiling

“We’re never going to hit the solar goals that the United States needs to hit unless we create that access in low- and moderate-income communities,” said Rich Brown, Senior Vice President and head of Environmental Philanthropy for Bank of America at our annual SolarCorps retreat in February 2020. 

Since 2017, Bank of America has been a critical supporter of GRID Alternatives’ national SolarCorps Fellowship Program. The year-long program is an opportunity for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join GRID for a paid term of service to their community, while gaining valuable experience in the solar industry to help launch their renewable energy careers. 

When asked to reflect on his impressions of the program and current cohort of fellows the first thing that came to Rich’s was diversity. Rich noted that he was both impressed and excited by the diversity he saw in the room and elaborated about the need for this in the renewable energy industry, workforce, and clients alike. “That’s why Bank of America is so invested in GRID Alternatives and the SolarCorps program because it’s addressing both of those issues. It’s addressing the diversity of the workforce, and it’s addressing the access to solar,” Rich added. 

Our current cohort of SolarCorps Fellows poses in a group
Our SolarCorps Fellows pose in a group photo at a February 2020 retreat
To date, more than 300 people have served as fellows in GRID’s SolarCorps program. Our SolarCorps Fellows play a crucial role in making GRID’s vision of a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone a reality, and we’re so thankful for Bank of America’s support of the program. 

You can join the team! Get directly involved with GRID by applying for GRID’s SolarCorps Fellowship Program. Fellows serve in all of GRID’s US offices working in construction, outreach, and volunteer engagement. Positions are full time, paid, and have benefits through AmeriCorps.  AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering, service, and civic engagement.  Learn more and apply here.