En 2021, GRID lanzó un programa de capacitación básica sobre instalaciones solares, llamado IBT por sus siglas en inglés, este programa tuvo una duración de 5 semanas y fue dirigido a mujeres nicaragüenses.
In 2021, GRID launched a 5-week hands-on solar installation training program for women in Nicaragua called Installation Basics Training (IBT). Sixteen women graduated from the program in 2021 and seven have already been hired in the local solar industry.
Jaiden Comes At Night is a member of the Blackfeet nation in Montana. In spring 2021, he participated in a paid workforce training sponsored by a SETO grant in partnership with Blue Lake Rancheria, and GRID's Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Now he's working full-time as a solar installer. When he's not on site, he lives with his parents back home in Montana.
In the spring of 2021, GRID Alternatives completed three solar installations totaling 14.4 kW-DC with the support of All Points North Foundation and working with the Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation.These installations benefited two families and the preschool in Ojo Encino, New Mexico and are estimated to save the families and Ojo Encino Chapter more than $55,000 in energy cost savings over the PV systems’ lifetime.
Sunrun and GRID Alternatives have renewed a partnership for the second year to train California residents in solar installation skills. The solar industry is on a trajectory to reach 400,000 solar jobs nationwide by 2030. Through Sunrun and GRID’s partnership, trainees install on large-scale solar projects in California, and gain transferable skills and experience to launch their careers in the growing solar energy industry.