Upcoming Projects

GRID’s International Program works together with communities to develop renewable energy projects that provide residents with outcomes they seek. Our focus on community involvement, training, and long-term
relationships mean the systems we install meet real community needs, stay up and running over the long-term, and deliver maximum impact to the beneficiaries. We also provide opportunities for individuals and teams to travel and work with us, gaining a first-hand view of our work in action while providing funds to support our projects.

Upcoming Projects

Karnali Sports Club Youth Athletes running along a ridge with mountains in the background
February 7-9, 2019: Solar-Powered Grain Mill + Solar-Powered Youth Athletes in Jumla, Nepal

This February, GRID will install a solar-powered grain mill with the Karnali Sports Club (KSC) in Jumla, in western Nepal. The grain-mill will generate revenue aid KSC in supporting their 22 female and 16 male youth athletes, and surrounding communities will have a nearby grain-mill, saving families time and money. The project will provide a unique, hands-on solar training opportunity for KSC youth athletes and a second training opportunity for Nepali women who participated in GRID's first Women in Solar project in December 2018. This project was made possible with generous support from BayWa r.e. Learn more.

Dates: February 7-9, 2019
Location: Jumla Bazar, Jumla, Nepal

This project is part of our local workforce development initiative and Women in Solar Nepal Program. Participation is reserved for members of KSC and Nepali women.

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4 bufferzone committee members standing in front of the Green Tower
Sponsored Project: Solarizing the Green Tower in Bardia National Park, Nepal with RES

In February of 2019, 10 RES employees will join GRID in Nepal's Bardia National Park to install solar on the Green Tower, an observation tower and ecotourism accommodation located in the Bathanpur Community Forest of the Bathanpur Bufferzone. Managed by the User Committee of the Bathanpur Community Forest, the Green Tower is expected to see a significant increase in the number of overnight guests once it has access to reliable electricity, creating employment opportunities and generating additional income to bolster conservation efforts and livelihoods in the local community. 

Dates: February 17-24, 2019
Location: Bardia National Park, Nepal

This project is sponsored by RES, a Global Renewable Energy Company. Participation is reserved for RES employees.

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The older and younger son and Mayra and Andres Chavarria standing in front of their home in Colon, Nicaragua
February 25 - March 1, 2019: Solar-powered Drip Irrigation on the Chavarria family farm in Jinotega, Nicaragua

In early spring, GRID's Nicaragua staff will be installing a solar-powered drip irrigation system on the family farm of Andres and Mayra Chavarria, in the rural community of Colón, Jinotega, in north central Nicaragua. The system will bring clean energy and greater economic opportunities to the Chavarria family, in addition to greater food production and availability for the community of Colón. 

Dates: February 25 - March 1, 2019
Location: Colón, Jinotega, Nicaragua

This project is being installed by GRID staff and local Nicaraguan participants. 

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International Solar Spring Break with University of Michigan: Solarizing the Kumal Tower in Chitwan National Park

This spring, a team of 11 students from University of Michigan will travel with GRID to Nepal's Chitwan National Park to bring solar power to the Kumal Tower as part of GRID’s first International Solar Spring Break! With access to clean, reliable electricity, the Kumal Tower will be transformed into an ecotourism stay for visitors, creating employment opportunities and generating income to bolster conservation efforts and livelihoods in the local community. 

Dates: March 3-10, 2019
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal

This project is sponsored by University of Michigan's GRID Alternatives Students for Sustainable Energy group. Participation is reserved for University of Michigan students.

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Photo of house in El Regadio with GRID and participants installing system on roof
March 25-29, 2019: Solar Home Systems and Improved Cookstoves in El Regadio, Nicaragua

This March, GRID Alternatives will travel to the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua, to install 15 solar home systems and nine improved cookstoves for families in the community of El Regadio. This will be GRID's third project in El Regadio, after bringing solar to the local school and installing the community's first 20 solar home systems in 2017. Local Nicaraguan participants will join GRID for the installation to gain a hands-on training experience in solar, installing all the off-grid systems and improved cookstoves from start to finish over the four days of the project.

Dates: March 25-29, 2019

Location: El Regadio, Jinotega, Nicaragua 

This project is being installed by GRID staff and local Nicaraguan participants. 

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April 22-26, 2019: Bringing solar to the families of San Fernando island, Nicaragua

This April, GRID Alternatives will travel to the remote island of San Fernando with local Nicaraguan participants to install solar home systems on ten local families' homes. The solar home systems will allow families to light their home with clean, renewable electricity for the first time, replacing the use of hazardous kerosene lanterns and candles. 

Dates: April 22-26, 2019
Location: San Fernando Island, Solentiname, Nicaragua 

This project is being installed by GRID staff and local Nicaraguan participants. 

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