Since 2008, GRID’s International Program has brought solar electricity and improved cookstoves to 44 communities in Nicaragua, Nepal and Mexico, benefiting more than 45,000 people. We have worked with more than 630 local and international volunteers providing hands-on solar training, creating economic opportunities and breaking gender barriers through our Women in Solar Program. GRID’s community-centric approach is a model for sustainable development worldwide.
Solar Energy Systems
We design and install photovoltaic systems that deliver clean, reliable energy to rural communities that lack access to the electrical grid and and mission-aigned organizations in urban areas to reduce their electric bills. The off-grid systems GRID installs provide residents with enough energy to power appliances that can increase local income generation, helping to maintain the systems overtime and reduce poverty. The solar systems we install enable the use of energy efficient lighting, cell phone charging, water pumping, refrigeration, access to information and electrical appliances for home or business use.
GRID provides trainings for the communities we work with before, during and after a solar project. In addition, GRID hosts an annual solar conference in Nicaragua that brings together leaders from each community we work in to share experiences and strengthen leadership, while learning about best practices, conflict resolution and solar system maintenance.
GRID provides opportunities for residents from the countries we work in to gain hands-on solar installation experience, helping build their skills and resumes to gain employment in the rapidly growing solar industry.
GRID offers a classroom in the field that teaches international participants about sustainable development and energy access solutions. Travelers stay in-community and participate in an off-grid or grid-tied solar installation in Mexico, Nepal or Nicaragua and related educational and cultural activities. Their trip fees provide financial support to make our projects possible.
“GRID Alternatives has the strongest and most effective after-install support program I have seen among NGOs providing solar power systems in developing communities. It's this followup, training, and support that makes their projects successful in the long run where other NGO's projects might be out of service after 6 months because the community was not prepared to maintain the system. Congratulations to Jenean and her staff for putting together a sustainable program that not only turns the light on in communities but keeps turning them on, night after night.”
- Marvin Hamon