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GRID Alternatives' mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment, and training. 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.
GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, providing needed savings for families, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, and helping clean our environment.
GRID Alternatives leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar electric systems exclusively for low-income homeowners, providing needed savings for families struggling to make ends meet, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry and reducing carbon emissions. Our core program is the Solar Affordable Housing Program.
Since 2004, we have installed more than 12 MW of clean, renewable power for over 4,000 families, preventing the release of 340,000 tons of greenhouse gasses over the systems lifetimes and providing more than $110 million in energy cost savings. More than 15,000 volunteers and job trainees have also received hands-on solar installation experience to-date.
By taking a broader approach to solar as not just an environmental good but also a real-world solution to a real-world economic problem in these communities, GRID Alternatives is helping to set the stage for large-scale solar adoption nationwide.
GRID Alternatives is based in Oakland, California and currently has nine regional offices including seven across CA, one in Denver, CO and the most recent Brooklyn-based Tri-State office.