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 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.