About

GRID Alternatives was founded in the Bay Area, completing our first solar installation in 2004. Housed in Oakland, the Bay Area regional office primarily serves the five major Bay Area counties, with a Bay Area satellite office in California's North Coast to serve Mendocino, Humboldt and Lake counties.  Since 2004, GRID Bay Area has installed solar for 1,500+ local income-qualified families, helping these households save more than $35 million in energy cost savings over the systems' lifespans while preventing 90,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and providing hands-on experience to thousands of eager volunteers and job-trainees. GRID's Bay Area office also provides solar energy to benefit income-qualified renters, tribal nations and mission-aligned nonprofits. Click here to see a map of our projects and the counties we serve. GRID's Bay Area regional office shares an office with GRID's Headquarters.


Energy for All Program (formerly Solar Programs)

GRID’s unique, people-first model is putting money back into families’ pockets, increasing housing affordability and reducing the energy cost burden for affordable housing providers.


Workforce Development

Hands-on experience is central to our model, and we want to help turn that experience into meaningful employment opportunities for people in communities we serve. Our workforce development programs and initiatives include: 

  • Installation Training Programs, training programs offering participants hands-on installation training to develop their skills and increase employment opportunities.
  • National Women in Solar Program, an effort to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive solar industry by providing pathways to technical careers for women, highlighting the voices of women of color in the industry, and providing national leadership on solar workforce diversity.
  • SolarCorps Fellowships, one-year placements at GRID Alternatives that give participants the opportunity to get broad and deep experience in a variety of aspects of the industry.
  • Solar Futures, a K-14 education program offering classroom curriculum and hands-on training for youth.
  • Troops to Solar, an initiative supported by Wells Fargo to connect veterans to solar industry jobs by providing workforce training to U.S. military veterans and active service members across the country. 

Regional News

When it comes to making clean energy future that includes everyone, Ashley Gremel doesn’t just walk the walk... Read more ›
On a crisp and sunny January morning in East Palo Alto, a crew began to assemble in the front yard of a modest... Read more ›
The Bay Area has been lucky enough to have amazing volunteers and interns over the years. We want to introduce... Read more ›
The City of Richmond recently earned a special clean energy milestone as the Bay Area city with the most GRID... Read more ›
Winnie Nartia, one of GRID's newest SolarCorps Fellows, traded her desk for a rooftop last month as she got to... Read more ›
“It’s an electric vehicle car show, let’s get some trunks and hoods up!” exclaimed Zach Franklin,... Read more ›
James is GRID Bay Area's Outreach Manager and a lead on our work with electric vehicles. A true believer in the... Read more ›
For the first time this summer, GRID Bay Area piloted a six-week solar training program for women over... Read more ›