International Impact Stories

Each year, GRID offers a unique opportunity for Nicaraguan women who are interested in the renewable energy industry to gain hands-on solar installation experience by participating in our "Mujeres del Sol" project. In January 2017, 10 women installed a 1 kW off-grid PV system on a primary school and health clinic in Los Encuentros, Estelí. Paola Pérez Belli, an environmental engineer from Managua, reflects on her experience participating in this project.
Impacts from solar installed on El Platanal's local school and households include new educational possibilities, the ability to use electricity for lighting and activities at home, improved health and savings for families by eliminating dependence on kerosene, and increased opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
During the first two weeks of October, GRID Alternatives completed its first project in Nepal, bringing power to a community that is still rebuilding after last year’s earthquakes. GRID Alternatives’ International Program volunteer Ryan Berglas reflects on his experience.
During the first two weeks of October, GRID Alternatives completed its first project in Nepal, bringing power to a community that is still rebuilding after last year’s earthquakes. GRID’s International Program Director Jenean Smith writes about her experience.

Kelsey Schrock, Project Coordinator for GRID Alternatives' International Program in Nicaragua details a small taste of life in Nicaragua--a must read for anyone interested in traveling on one of our upcoming volunteer trips.

GRID Alternatives has announced a partnership with the University of California, Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), to integrate research into GRID Alternatives projects providing solar power to communities around the world that lack access to electricity. RAEL researchers will work with GRID Alternatives staff and partners to study off-grid solar projects by GRID Alternatives in Nicaragua, Nepal, and tribal communities in the United States. 

The village of Dhapsung, Nepal may seem worlds away from where you sit right now reading these words. In fact, GRID Alternatives’ headquarters office in Oakland, CA is situated more than 7,500 miles across the Pacific. But thanks to Chris Fearon, a dedicated volunteer and supporter of GRID, Dhapsung feels much closer. Chris offers us a glimpse into the resilience, vibrancy, and humanity of Dhapsung through his own eyes.