GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives (GRID) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California. GRID Alternatives installs solar power systems and provides job training for under-served communities and operates in the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Nepal.[1]

GRID Alternatives
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GRID Alternatives logo
FounderErica Mackie and Tim Sears
Founded atOakland, CA


GRID was founded during the 2001 California energy crisis by Erica Mackie, P.E., and Tim Sears, P.E., two engineering professionals.[2]

According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program profile, GRID "piloted its flagship Solar Affordable Housing Program in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, and subsequently expanded to other parts of the state."[3]

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.[4]

In 2013, GRID expanded its work outside of California for the first time in Colorado.[5]

GRID Mid-Atlantic, serving Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, was launched in September 2014. In 2017, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic was selected to administer Solar Works DC, a program of the Washington, D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and Department of Employment Services (DOES).[6]

Regional Affiliates

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.[7]

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 – Solar Power World Innovators and Influencers (Erika Symmonds)[8]
  • 2018 – GreenBiz Clean Energy Equity Showcase Honoree[9]
  • 2017 – International Renewable Energy Council National 3iAward recipient - Energy Hero (Erica Mackie)[10]
  • 2015 – Green for All Climate Champion (Stan Greschner)[11]
  • 2014 – White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment (Tim Sears)[12]
  • 2013 – Clean Energy and Empowerment Award (Erica Mackie),[13] C3E, the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment program, a partnership between U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).


  1. ^ "GRID ALTERNATIVES GUIDESTAR PROFILE". Guidestar. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ "FOUNDATION SPOTLIGHT: GRID Alternatives". Press Enterprise. 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "GRID Alternatives: Solar Programs in Undersevered Communities" (PDF). U.S. EPA. June 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ "GRID Alternatives | Better Buildings Initiative". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ "Grid Alternatives comes to Colorado with its low-income solar program". The Denver Post. 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  6. ^ "DOEE and DOES Launch Solar Works DC | ddoe". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  7. ^ "Saying Goodbye to our New York Tri-State Team | GRID Alternatives News". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ "Innovators & Influencers: Erika Symmonds, building a diverse solar workforce". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ Stamos, Isa Anne (2018-09-21). "Clean Energy Equity Showcase". GreenBiz. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. ^ "National 3iAward Winners & Energy Heroes Honored by IREC |". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  11. ^ "Clean Power To The People: Twelve Climate Champions Who Are Leading The Way". Green For All. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  12. ^ "FACT SHEET: Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs". 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. ^ "Erica Mackie — The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative". The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative. Retrieved 2018-11-27.