A Message from GRID Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Nicole Steele


December 27, 2019
GRID Mid-Atlantic Executive Director Nicole Steele speaks during the Solar Soiree on Sept. 19, 2019.

To the GRID Mid-Atlantic Family,

Cheers to our 5th anniversary in DC! Another great year on the books, and lots of changes in the air. Many thanks to our partners, supporters, allies, clients, trainees, and staff that helped us provide solar technology and solar job training to more people than ever in 2019. 

GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic looks very different now than when I started back in 2014. In the beginning, the entire office was run from my kitchen table. Now we have an office and a warehouse in Northeast DC, with a staff of around 30 people. We have installed more than 2 megawatts (MW) of solar for exclusively low- to moderate-income households in the District and surrounding areas with another 3 MW to come online in the coming months. Over the last five years, we have graduated 130 trainees, hosted installs with over 700 volunteers, and served nearly 300 homeowners. Our larger multifamily and community solar projects provide the benefits of solar to thousands of families.

What makes this all so special is that those installs were lead by trainees, volunteers, clients and our staff, with so many of our staff graduating from our training program. I am so proud of how our team has grown over the years, each stepping up as leaders in the community and at GRID. 

Our family has come full circle.  

A recent quote from President Obama really spoke to me: “A great leader knows when it’s time to step aside.” So it’s with a heavy and happy heart that, in mid-January, I will be stepping down as GRID Mid-Atlantic’s executive director. GRID Mid-Atlantic is ready for new leadership. I look forward to the new and exciting ways GRID will continue to impact our community. I may be stepping down, but I’m not going away. I’ll always support this family. 

Our vision and mission will continue. 

I am immensely proud of our accomplishments over the years and the uncompromising work that it took to make them a reality. It is heartening and inspiring to hear the stories from our clients and workforce trainees whose lives have been positively affected by the work that we do.

I personally would like to thank the many people who have supported me and GRID Mid-Atlantic over the last five years. It has been an honor to be part of the GRID Mid-Atlantic family — for the first five years as the leader and, soon, as a supporter. 


Nicole Steele