About

 GRID Alternatives Central Valley office helps low-income families save money and supports local community volunteers, job trainees and job seekers with hands-on solar experience by installing solar electric systems for families in Central Valley neighborhoods.

Since 2009, we've helped over 900 low-income families go solar throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Mono, Mariposa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties.







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

Imagine wanting a solar energy system for your home but finding the expense out of your reach. Lupe Flores... Read more ›
Twin brothers Mario and Jesus “Jesse” Venegas heard about GRID Alternatives Installation Basics Training (IBT... Read more ›
They just achieved the American dream of homeownership, Linda and her husband, Luis purchased a home in... Read more ›
They just achieved the American dream of homeownership, Linda and her husband, Luis purchased a home in... Read more ›
Juan struggled to acquire a full-time job. He would often find himself jumping from one part-time job to... Read more ›
At GRID Alternatives, our Board of Directors is a crucial part of being a success in the Central Valley and... Read more ›
Meet Toulee! Toulee began volunteering with GRID Alternatives during the... Read more ›
Ivan is a GRID client and passionate community advocate of our program who was instrumental in getting solar... Read more ›