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

GRID Bay Area's North Coast branch office has been partnering with California's tribal communities to bring... Read more ›
Every fall, GRID Bay Area hosts Women in Solar programming thanks to support from the We Give Donor Circle. Led... Read more ›
Dalton Bruce was a recent summer intern at the GRID Alternatives North Coast office. Read on to learn about... Read more ›
As an ally for this year’s Global Climate Strike, GRID Bay Area has compiled a list of daily pledges in... Read more ›
As part of GRID Alternatives’ vision of a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone, GRID... Read more ›
You need a job to gain experience, but experience to get hired for a job. It’s a classic Catch 22 and a cycle... Read more ›
Meet our SolarCorps Outreach Fellow, Parwana Ayub! Parwana is a Bay Area native that is grateful to be... Read more ›