At GRID Alternatives, we believe that a successful transition to clean, renewable energy needs to include everyone. We are working across the United States and internationally to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities.
Renewable energy can drive economic growth and environmental benefits in communities most impacted by underemployment, pollution and climate change. GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color, and our energy access work is powering off-grid communities across the globe. GRID’s vision: a successful transition to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone.
GRID Alternatives is 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization based in Oakland, California, with eight affiliate offices serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. We also have a national Tribal Program, and an International Program serving Nicaragua, Nepal and Mexico.
In 2008, GRID was selected by the California Public Utilities Commission to serve as the statewide program manager for its Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) incentive program, prompting an expansion across California.
In 2013, GRID expanded its work outside of California for the first time in Colorado.
GRID has 9 regional affiliates; 7 serving California and offices in Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
In September 2017, regional affiliate GRID Alternatives Tri-State, serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, closed.
Awards and Recognition
2018 – Solar Power World Innovators and Influencers (Erika Symmonds)
2018 – GreenBiz Clean Energy Equity Showcase Honoree
2017 – International Renewable Energy Council National 3iAward recipient - Energy Hero (Erica Mackie)
2015 – Green for All Climate Champion (Stan Greschner)
2014 – White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment (Tim Sears)
2013 – Clean Energy and Empowerment Award (Erica Mackie), C3E, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment program, a partnership between U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).
OAKLAND, CA 94608-1147 | Tax-exempt since May 2014
Classification (NTEE) Energy Resources Conservation and Development (Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification )
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.