About

The GRID Alternatives Central Coast office opened its doors in the summer of 2010 and currently serves clients in the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Building on relationships previously established by our Greater Los Angeles and Bay Area Offices, we have plans to serve hundreds of low-income families with the support of local communites and agencies in the months and years to come. Check out our project map to see where we work.







Solar Programs

GRID Alternatives provides no- to very-low-cost solar power for low-income families while providing hands-on installation experience for job seekers and community volunteers. We also offer technical assistance and turnkey installation services to multifamily affordable housing developers. Learn more.


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

Taking Charge of Your Energy Use. When MBCP launched its... Read more ›
This summer GRID Alternatives Central Coast partnered with California State University Monterey Bay to offer a... Read more ›
Thanks to our awesome volunteers... ... Read more ›
This past March, GRID Alternatives Central Coast, Atascadero office, was honored to host students from North... Read more ›
GRID Central Coast is happy to announce that Solarthon will return in May 2017! Read more ›
November is a time of giving thanks and GRID Alternatives Central Coast would like to take the opportunity to... Read more ›
It’s the end of year again, and 2017 is right around the corner! Throughout 2016 we celebrated many... Read more ›
It was a beautiful summer afternoon at Leadbetter Beach in sunny Santa Barbara. Excitement was building as 50... Read more ›