What We Do

GRID Alternatives is a national leader in helping low-income communities and communities of color nationwide get clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs, and our energy access work is lighting up off-grid communities across the globe.

Solar Programs

GRID Alternatives provides no- to very-low-cost solar power for low-income families while providing hands-on installation experience for job seekers and community volunteers. We also offer technical assistance and turnkey installation services to multifamily affordable housing developers, and are working with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities to develop the first community solar projects in the country dedicated to low-income communities.

Workforce Development

GRID’s workforce development programs provide hands-on installation experience that helps prepare participants for careers in solar, connecting people that need good jobs with an industry that needs good people. We partner with over 100 job training organizations and community colleges  nationally to provide training that complements their curriculum, and also offer multiple levels of training for individuals.

Policy & Program Development

GRID Alternatives is a leading voice in renewable energy access, driving policies at the state and local level that support solar access for underserved communities and helping design and implement low-income solar programs. In California, GRID helped develop and acts as statewide program administrator for the state’s two low-income solar incentive programs, and we are currently helping build out new programs in Illinois, Washington, D.C., and  Colorado. Visit our Low-Income Solar Policy Guide at www.lowincomesolar.org.


Tribal Program

GRID Alternatives partners with Native American tribes across the U.S. to help them meet their renewable energy and economic development goals through solar power installations and hands-on job training.  Native American communities face some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the United States, and as many as 15,000 families live with no access to electricity. Solar power reduces housing costs and can provide employment  opportunities for tribal members on- and off the reservation.


International Program

GRID Alternatives’ International Program addresses a critical energy access gap in rural  communities in Nicaragua and Nepal by bringing solar power to schools, health clinics, homes, farms and small businesses. We work exclusively in communities that are not served by the electrical grid, installing stand-alone photovoltaic systems and micro-grids that deliver clean, reliable electricity. The solar systems provide residents with basic services, remove obstacles to sustainable growth, and create economic opportunities for families and communities.

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