GRID Alternatives partners with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities and other community groups to develop shared solar arrays that benefit their highest energy burdened customers, including individual subscribers and affordable housing off-takers. GRID’s work in community solar includes:
- Development, turnkey installation and management of community solar projects that benefit low-income families and affordable housing providers
- Direct partnerships with solar industry partners to develop low-income community solar programs and projects, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, project development, low-income customer marketing and acquisition, and program management
- Integration of workforce development
- National and state regulatory and policy leadership and program development
GRID partners with governments at all levels to develop community solar projects that benefit the highest need community members. GRID is participating actively in regulatory and legislative community solar efforts to increase low-income access in several states. GRID is a partner on the National Community Solar Partnership and the DOE Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator.
GRID has partnered with utilities to develop low-income community solar projects serving their highest energy-burdened customers. Recent partners include Fort Collins Utilities and Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association.
We have successfully supported low-income community solar customer acquisition for for-profit partner, and work closely with community solar installers to integrate workforce development into partnerships. GRID is an active member of the Coalition for Community Solar Access, a leading community solar industry association
Affordable Housing Providers
GRID is partnering with multifamily affordable housing providers and public housing authorities like the Denver Housing Authority and the Housing Works in Brooklyn, NY to develop community solar projects that benefit their operations and tenants, including the development of solar workforce training programs.