GRID in the News

GRID Alternatives is currently helping single-family homeowners connect to programs that help them make the move to solar power.

GRID Alternatives is a non-profit organization that helps implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families while providing energy cost savings, valuable hands-on experience, and a source of clean energy.

Nick Gomez, a solar installer with the nonprofit who lives in Pasadena, just finished adding 1,000 solar panels to a multi-unit housing project in Santa Ana. He spent five years at Solar City, the largest solar installer, but finds working for the Grid Alternatives "more rewarding."

Mixing trainees, including those formerly incarcerated, with installers and student volunteers helps promote social and environmental justice, as well as solar energy.

Once completed, the system will free up the homeowner — who is on a fixed income — from at least 90 percent of her electric bill.  It will also produce clean energy without burning fossil fuels, thereby reducing smog emissions as well as greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

The homeowner’s $200 to $300 bills every two months will be reduced to less than $30, said Danny Hom, development and communications coordinator for Grid Alternatives, the largest nonprofit solar installer in the United States with projects in Orange, San Diego, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

The group [GRID Alternatives], born in Northern California but with its largest office in downtown Los Angeles, drafted 200 students from 19 schools who are trading beaches for rooftops this spring.

"It makes me proud when I am able to assist a family in getting solar that will save them 50 to 90 percent off their electric bill."

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineering students trekked from the east coast to Pasadena this week to spend their spring break installing no-cost rooftop solar panel systems on local homes.

GRID Alternatives’ unique workforce development model utilizes multifamily solar construction projects like this one as “classrooms on the roof” where community members interested in careers in solar construction get skills to increase their chances of being hired in the booming industry.