Solar Works DC

Gain hands-on solar installation experience through Solar Works DC ! 

Solar Works DC is a newly designed low-income solar installation and job training program spearheaded by the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES). GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic is responsible for implementing the first year of the program, preparing participating District residents to enter careers in solar and related industries while reducing energy costs for qualified low-income District homeowners by installing solar systems on their homes.  

Two 12-week cohorts will operate in the Fall and Spring and will be open to District residents, ages 18 and over. Participants in the 12-week sessions will complete GRID’s Installation Basics Training (IBT) program, earning industry relevant skills certificates by demonstrating competency in real-world solar installations. In addition, the participants will attend customer outreach and construction workshops as well as receive CPR and OSHA 10 certifications, and take the NABCEP PV Associate Credential exam. During the summer, a six-week prorated program will run for DC residents ages 18-24. Read our trainees' testimonials about the program.

Apply Here

Solar Works DC will also provide between 60 and 100 income-qualified homeowners solar at no-cost! See if you qualify. 

Program Details

Spring and Fall cohort details:

  • Training is 12 weeks long
  • 2-3 days weekly of construction, outreach and workforce workshops
  • 1-2 days installing per week
  • Spring Cohort: March 5th, 2019 - May 24th, 2019
  • $9.25/hour training wage plus a stipend for wraparound services

Meet our Fall 2017 cohort trainee graduates! 

Minimum Qualifications

Kevin, Devonta, Dominic, and Nicholas pose by their handiwork
Kevin, Devonta, Dominic, and Nicholas pose by their handiwork!

Please note this program is only open to District residents

  • 12 week commitment
  • Interest in and has enthusiasm for renewable energy, community development, green jobs and/or helping families and communities in need
  • Trainees are expected to work up to 35 hours per week
  • Available to work long days and ability to lift at least 50 lbs
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly evolving organization
Want to apply?

Want to get involved in Solar Works DC? Read what our past trainees have to say about the program. 

Apply now for the Spring 2019 cohort. 

Do you have any questions about the program? Talk to our workforce team: 202-602-0191.

Solar Works DC participants pose by a banner
Solar Works DC participants complete several solar installations weekly!

Thanks to our partners for making this program possible! 

Department of Energy and the Environment Logo

Department of Employment Services

Regional News

Last month, over a dozen trainees got hands-on experience installing no-cost solar for a family in southeast... Read more ›
We're extra proud to train many more individuals in the years ahead, and this finished system reminds us of how... Read more ›
Experts predict a steady climb for the solar job market despite the solar industry experiencing some bumps in... Read more ›
As a single mother raising two sons on her own, Marbelys Torres moved to Desert Hot Springs to provide a better... Read more ›
GRID Alternatives has a successful workforce model that includes a combination of fellowship and internship... Read more ›
It's been a big year for Batrina Wallace. After graduating from Solar Works DC, she came to work for GRID and... Read more ›
With additional funds, we've taken lessons learned from our pilot and successfully expanded the cohort size to... Read more ›
On December 4th, 2018, GRID Central Valley will be awarded the 2018 Quarterly Employer of Excellence... Read more ›