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GRID Alternatives

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GRID Alternatives Central Valley
Volunteers, job trainees, corporate sponsors and staff at the Solarthon fundraiser in 2011

Help make the benefits of solar power accessible to low-income families while learning new skills and having fun outdoors! Gain hands-on solar experience and network with others interested in renewable energy, the environment, and our communities.

To become a Solar Volunteer complete a volunteer application ( and attend one of our 1-hr orientations.

Receive confirmation for your orientation or installation date after you sign up. YOU MUST ATTEND A VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION BEFORE ATTENDING AN INSTALLATION. We have many interested volunteers and it is common to be waitlisted for an event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Time Commitment: 1-2 days, 8:00AM-4:00PM (winter) 7:00AM-3:00PM (summer) with a break for lunch. Installations are typically 2-day installations on weekdays. You can volunteer for one or both days.

Number of Volunteers Needed: For safety and workflow reasons, we limit the number of volunteers for each installation, typically, we will have 6-10 volunteers each day. Spots fill up quickly with consideration for previously waitlisted and local volunteers and participants in job training programs.

Qualifications: No experience or tools necessary! Each team is led by an experienced volunteer Team Leader, and each installation is managed by an on-staff Solar Installation Supervisor. Moderate lifting (20 lbs.) may be involved. If you are uncomfortable with heights or ladders, ground work is available.

Age Requirement: 18 (In some cases, we can accommodate 16-17 year-olds with written parental consent for gound work. Please contact us for more information.)

Comments: GRID Alternatives is both a nonprofit organization, a licensed California C-46 solar contractor and a licensed California C-10 electrical contractor. All volunteers must sign a waiver onsite at the installation.

Keywords: Green, Eco, Sustainability, Renewable, Community, Solar, Environment, Skills, Learning, Installation

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About GRID Alternatives


1254 G Street, Fresno, CA 93706, US

Mission Statement

GRID Alternatives' mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. Since 2001, GRID Alternatives has been working to bring the power of solar electricity and energy efficiency to low-income homeowners, and to provide community members with training and hands-on experience with renewable energy technologies. We believe making energy choices that are good for the environment can go hand-in-hand with improving the lives of those living in low-income communities. GRID Alternatives works collaboratively with communities and local organizations to identify specific needs and to develop renewable energy solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Our vision of sustainable development centers on community involvement, and our focus and expertise lies in using renewable energy and energy efficiency to provide solutions to the challenges facing low-income individuals and families. We have offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, and Fresno/Central Valley to serve communities throughout California.


Since piloting the Solar Affordable Housing Program in 2004, we have installed over 1300 solar electric systems with low-income families throughout California. These systems are reducing each family's electric bills by approximately 75%, which will translate to a total of over $32 million in energy generated over the systems' projected life spans. They will also prevent roughly 108,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years, the equivalent of planting about 312,000 trees. You can view photos of many of these installations at PicasaWeb. GRID Alternatives has also trained over 7,400 community volunteers and job trainees on the theory and practice of solar electric installation, and provided them with opportunities to gain hands-on experience with real-world solar installation projects. Our volunteers gain valuable skills and experience that they can bring back to their homes, businesses and communities, and help build broad-based, grassroots leadership and support for renewable energy. Experience with us is recognized by the solar industry. We have also installed energy efficiency upgrades for over 1,612 low-income households. These small changes provide these households, which primarily live on fixed incomes, with approximately $89,240/year in energy savings.


We'll work with your schedule.


4140 N. Brawley Ave#108Fresno, CA 93722




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  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 day, 7am-3pm (summer) or 8am-4pm (winter)

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