We provide low-to-no cost solar electric systems to families that qualify as low income, and install them using a barnraising model that gives volunteers and job trainees hands-on experience they can use to get jobs in the growing solar industry. In California, GRID Alternatives is the statewide program administrator for the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program and the solar portion of the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP).
The 6 million units of federally subsidized rental housing across the US represents a huge market for renewable energy that is largely unserved by the for-profit solar industry. GRID is helping catalyze the sector by providing no-cost technical assistance and low-cost design and installation services for affordable housing owners and develop-ers who provide housing and vital services to low-income renters. Our holistic model includes energy efficiency partnerships, community education and engagement, and job training opportunities for residents.
Community solar provides access to cost-saving solar power regardless of roof condition or home-ownership status. GRID Alternatives partners with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities to develop community solar arrays that benefit underserved communities, including individual subscribers and affordable housing off-takers.