International Impact Stories

Leandrus is a Nicaraguan engineer who volunteered with GRID Alternatives to give back to his country and the experience ended up changing his life. Leandrus shares his motivation to become a volunteer and how he used that experience to switch careers and help his country provide for its citizens in a sustainable way.
GRID launched the Women in Solar program in Nepal last year, providing unique hands-on training for participants in their community.
In May 2019, Colleen Magee and eight of her fellow IGS coworkers returned to Ohio after a week-long journey with GRID to La Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, where they installed a 27kW solar system. Colleen shares her experience and the impact of getting outside one's comfort zone.
In February, 11 RES employees traveled to Nepal with GRID's International Program to install solar on an off-grid wildlife observation tower in Bardia National Park. Fergal Duffy, Contracts Manager in RES's UK office, shares his experience through a short prose.
This International Women’s History month, GRID is raising money to install solar on the Miteri Birthing Center.
We are happy to report that our staff is back to work in Nicaragua!
In September, eight IGS Energy employees traveled to La Misión, Mexico with GRID's International Program to install solar on Door of Faith Orphanage. Elizabeth Lugviel shares her experience in a guest blog post.
On Earth Day 2018, eleven participants traveled to Nepal with GRID Alternatives to install a 1.2 kW off-grid solar system in Chitwan National Park. Here, Marissa Leshnov, GRID Bay Area’s SolarCorps Workforce and Volunteer Fellows, recounts some of the moments that shaped her experience in Nepal’s sub-tropical plains.
In February 2018, GRID Alternatives installed a solar-powered drip irrigation system on the small farm of the Cruz family in the rural community of La Rinconada, Nicaragua. Participant Bob Pashos, a Solar Educator at StraightUp Solar in St. Louis, MO, reflects on his experience installing the project while immersed in Nicaragua for a week with GRID. Here, he shares his daily diary.
"My name is Raymundo de Jesus Villagra Garcia and I’m 63 years old. I was born in the same house where I currently live in the community of San Isidro, in the mountainous northern region of Nicaragua. My parents were one of the first families to come to this community and there were very few inhabitants." Read more about Tío (Uncle) Raymundo, and his leadership in the community.