About

Local leaders tout San Diego as "America's Solar City", and a look at the San Diego Solar Map is impressive. But dig a little deeper and you won't find many solar rooftops in San Diego's low-income neighborhoods. GRID Alternatives San Diego is working to change that. From San Ysidro to Escondido, Barrio Logan to Julian, we are bringing the power of solar electricity to low-income families, rooftop by rooftop, at the rate of about two homes a week. And we do it all with the help of community volunteers and job trainees, who can use the experience to help them get jobs in the rapidly growing solar industry.

Learn more about our work by exploring the buttons below, or visit our partner page to find out ways to get involved.




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

GRID’s Communications Specialist, Maisha Kudumu, spent the day with our latest Women’s Build crew and learned... Read more ›
Erica needed employment and wanted to do something positive in her community -- for her, solar was the answer... Read more ›
It is no surprise that the Diggs family are on the forefront of their neighborhood’s transition to solar Read more ›
For Daniel, GRID represented a missing piece in his solar education. Read more ›
“As an immigrant and a woman, I’ve always been fighting for human rights and social justice.” Read more ›
Anthony Crosson loves 'making things work' -- “Putting things together, then turning them on knowing it’ll stay... Read more ›
Last month, over a dozen trainees got hands-on experience installing no-cost solar for a family in southeast... Read more ›
As Jarell approached his 18th birthday, his hometown of Passaic, New Jersey began to get smaller and smaller.... Read more ›