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Work alongside community members to install off-grid solar power, while experiencing full immersion in rural life and local culture.


Upcoming Projects


Household energy access project in Nicaragua

In June, GRID is working with families in El Regadio, Nicaragua to build a brighter future! Nicaraguan participants will join us for this project to gain experience installing solar home systems for 15 households in the rural community. Since 2008, GRID Alternatives’ International Program has been working in off-grid communities throughout Nicaragua to install solar on schools, health clinics, small farms, and homes. Access to clean solar energy impacts education, health, and quality of life for people living in poverty in rural communities. Learn more. 

Dates: June 9-17, 2018
Location: El Regadio, Jinotega, Nicaragua
This project will be installed by participants who are Nicaraguan citizens. It is not open to the public. 


Sponsored Project: Harnessing the power of the sun for rural farmers in Nicaragua with IGS

In rural Nicaragua, watering crops is challenging year-round and especially during the dry season and times of drought due to the hot climate and lack of water accessibility, limiting farmers' annual yield. In August 2018, ten employees from IGS Energy will travel with GRID Alternatives' International Program to the Jinotega region of Nicaragua to work alongside a family who makes their living farming in a rural community to install a solar-powered drip irrigation system. The system will utilize a solar-powered water pump to move water from a water source into an elevated tank, which is then distributed through a network of irrigation tubing to the farmland through gravity drip by drip. Learn more. 

Dates: August 18-26, 2018
Location: Jinotega, Nicaragua
This project is sponsored by IGS Energy, and is part of a multi-year philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives. Participation is not open to the public.


 Sponsored Project: Building a brighter future for families in San Isidro, Nicaragua with IGS

In September 2018, ten employees from IGS Energy will travel with GRID Alternatives' International Program to the community of San Isidro, Jinotega, Nicaragua. Working alongside community members, participants will install 15 battery-based solar home systems which will bring clean lighting and AC power to their households. There are 300 residents in San Isidro with no access to conventional grid electricity. The community is located where two municipalities converge, which means San Isidro is not always recognized and is often left out of the allocation of resources for basic services. Solar is a solution that provides high quality lighting for night-time studying and activities at home, while enabling families to use regular home appliances like lamps, cell phones, RVs, computers, fans, and more. Learn more.

Dates: September 28-October 6, 2018
Location: San Isidro, Jinotega, Nicaragua
This project is sponsored by IGS Energy, and is part of a multi-year philanthropic partnership with GRID Alternatives. Participation is not open to the public.


Sponsored Project: Community micro-grid in Chatang, Nuwakot, Nepal with Northland Controls

In October 2018, employees from Northland Controls will travel with GRID to Chatang, in the Nuwakot District of central Nepal. Despite neighboring the capital district of Kathmandu, the region is not as developed and lacks essential infrastructure, like access to the electric grid. The remote community is at least 3 hours walking from the nearest road. Sources of energy for lighting and cooking include flashlights and kerosene oil lamps, which are expensive and unreliable. A micro-grid is a better option to power the community, providing energy for basic needs and essential infrastructure, such as lighting, communication, healthcare, and local revenue generation. Additionally, a solar micro-grid has potential to create employment opportunities for local residents and catalyze the area as a small market center for travelers along the popular Goshaikunda trekking route. Learn more.

Dates: October 10-12, 2018
Location: Chatang, Nuwakot, Nepal
This project is sponsored by Northland Controls. Participation is not open to the public.


Travel with GRID to install solar home systems and improved cookstoves in rural households!

Travel with GRID to install both solar home systems and improved cookstoves for 11 households in Potrero Platanal, Nicaragua while learning about household energy matters in rural communities. The solar home systems you install will displace harmful kerosene lamps and provide each household with light and AC power outlets so families can use regular home appliances like lamps, cell phones, TVs, computers, and fans. Even in homes with access to solar energy, the kitchen is a place where families are still exposed to harmful smoke from cooking over open flames. Culturally appropriate improved cookstoves are more efficient and require less wood, which means fewer emissions, healthier air, and saving women time. Sign up today for a project that will bring the benefits of solar and directly impact the health and well-being of Nicaraguan families. Learn more. 

Dates: October 20-28, 2018
Location: Potrero Platanal, Boaco, Nicaragua
Trip Fee: $1,800 per person


Solar power for Door of Faith Orphanage in La Misión, Baja California, México

Over six thousand children in the Northern Baja California region live on the streets or under dangerous situations. Door of Faith Orphanage is part of a network of private orphanages supported by our partner Corazón de Vida in México to address this crisis. Located in La Misión, near Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, Door of Faith is one of the largest orphanages in Baja, caring for more than one hundred children at any given time, plus twenty full-time staff members, and approximately eleven on-site volunteers. GRID Alternatives will install a 30kW grid-tied solar electric system, significantly reducing energy bills and directly increasing their savings capacity so the orphanage can continue to serve children and families from nearby communities in need. Learn More

Dates: Fall 2018
Location: La Misión, Ensenada, México
This project is part of GRID's local workforce development initiative in México. Participation is not open to the public.


Solar power for the Kumeyaay community in Juntas de Neji, Baja California, México

Located in the municipality of Tecate, Juntas de Neji is the northernmost indigenous community in Baja California, México that sprawls across 11,590 hectares of land. Although Juntas de Neji is relatively close to larger towns like Tecate and Tijuana, grid electricity has never been extended to the community.  Most families in the community recently received new 500 square foot homes to reduce overcrowding, but the homes still have no potable water or electricity, even though the new homes have a tank for water on the roof and are wired as if they were electrified. Learn More

Dates: November 5-8, 2018
Location: Tecate, Baja California, México.
This project is part of GRID's local corporate volunteerism and workforce development initiative in México. Participation is not open to the public.


Sponsored Project: Solar-powered Women's Coffee Roasting Cooperative in El Regadio, Nicaragua with Trojan Battery Company

In November 2018, ten employees from Trojan Battery Company will travel with GRID Alternatives' International Program to El Regadio, Jinotega, Nicaragua to work on a project that will solarize the Cooperativa Agropecuaria Manantial de Virtudes, a women-run coffee roasting cooperative. Jinotega is known for its cool climate, its mountainous terrain, and its ideal conditions for growing coffee. Most families in this rural community make their living through agriculture, growing crops and raising cattle. Carmen Zelaya, the co-op's president, expressed that the solar-powered coffee roasting equipment will enable the 52 women members to make and sell many more products, increasing their income and ability to support their families. Learn more. 

Dates: November 10-18, 2018
Location: El Regadio, Jinotega, Nicaragua
This project is sponsored by Trojan Battery Company. Participation is not open to the public.


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