Workforce Development

Two men on a roof, smiling and installing solar.
GRID Alternatives gives job seekers the experience and networking opportunities they need, while helping local solar companies fill their ranks.

GRID Alternatives provides a “classroom in the field” for job trainees, giving students hands-on experience in the field of solar installation. We have several programs and initiatives to provide training and connect employers to job seekers. If you are interested in hiring GRID trainees or learning more about trainings for groups, please contact Erika Symmonds, Director of Workforce Development at esymmonds@gridalternatives.org

Installation Training Programs

Training programs offering volunteers hands-on installation training to develop their skills and increase employment opportunities.

Women in Solar Program

We’re working to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive solar industry by providing pathways to technical careers for women, highlighting the voices of women of color in the industry, and providing national leadership on solar workforce diversity.

SolarCorps Fellowships

One-year placements at GRID Alternatives that give participants the opportunity to get broad and deep experience in a variety of aspects of the industry.

Solar Futures

A program to provide both classroom and hands-on solar education to K-14 students, with a focus on high school juniors and seniors, giving them with opportunities to learn more about solar power and career pathways in the booming solar industry.

Troops to Solar

An initiative supported by Wells Fargo to connect veterans to solar industry jobs by providing workforce training to U.S. military veterans and active service members across the country. 

Solar Spring Break 

College students leave campus for an immersive hands-on experience with GRID Alternatives staff, learning how the power of the sun can bring real-world solutions to real-world problems. 

GRID Alternatives is a proud member of the Solar Training Network, a program of The Solar Foundation, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative, which connects job seekers, employers, and training providers. 

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