Central Coast

We're joining President Obama and over 300 other companies, organizations and public agencies in making major new commitments to deploy renewable energy. In support of the Obama administration’s national renewable energy goals, we're committing to help install 100 MW of solar power on affordable single-family and multifamily homes across the country by 2024. Read More >
From March 2nd to the 7th, seven amazing students from the University of Vermont brought with them such a strong wave of enthusiasm, curiosity, and optimism that will not soon be forgotten at the Central Coast office. Read More >
It’s a brand new year! We at GRID Alternatives Central Coast are happy to welcome 2014, which marks our fourth year of operations in a region which covers Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County, San Benito County and Santa Cruz County. Just as we closed 2013, we bid farewell to Steven Fernandez, our first regional director, and welcomed Anna Lisa Lukes, who succeeded him in late November. While Steven has made a change in coordinates, he remains with GRID Alternatives, helping to launch our Tri-State Area office which spans the states of New York-New Jersey-Connecticut. Read More >
Our future is determined in large part by the choices we make every day both large and small. If all we’ve done as a society has been to dirty our air with factories and power plants, we can choose cleaner methods of energy production. If we’ve hit a rough patch in our personal lives, we can choose to fight despair with education and mental discipline. A recent event in the Central Coast brought two groups together that made those better choices which point a way towards a brighter future for us all. Read More >
Recently, two solar companies reached out to Volunteer Coordinators throughout GRID letting us know of some unique (and paid) installation work that they think GRID volunteers would be great candidates for. These sound like amazing opportunities to take your solar skills and career ambitions to the next level! Read More >
Solarpermit.org makes it easier for solar contractors, including GRID Alternatives, to navigate permitting in different areas, saving time and money. Read More >
Two important partners came together to bring new light to a small corner of San Luis Obispo on August 24th, 2013 when GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization that brings solar power to underserved communities, hosted its annual Solarthon fundraiser. Three homes being built by Habitat for Humanity of San Luis Obispo County were outfitted with solar electric systems during the event, thanks to around 50 volunteers and job trainees. When the houses are completed next month, three deserving families will move into homes crafted by the hands of volunteers and powered by the rays of the sun. Read More >
35 incoming Cal Poly students joined us in Los Osos as part of their "Week of Welcome" activities. They got to see first-hand the work we did to bring clean and affordable solar energy to the Thompson family's new home. It was a joy to see their enthusiasm for volunteerism, sustainability, and solar technology. Read More >
The quiet community of Rancho Moro Cojo lit up on June 22nd when GRID Alternatives Central Coast hosted its annual Solarthon fundraiser and block party. Around 100 people—community volunteers, corporate sponsor teams and solar job trainees—showed up at 8am to install solar electric systems for five deserving local families. Read More >
The Cano family of Greenfield built their own home from the ground up through CHISPA, a local affordable housing organization serving low-income families. Now they are powering it from the sun. Read More >


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