GRID Alternatives' vision is a transition
to clean, renewable energy that includes everyone. Our mission is to make
renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved
The Big Idea
GRID Alternatives’ Solar Futures Program provides hands-on solar construction training to students in Monterey County. Instructors guide students through the design and installation process by bringing a live construction site into schools. The program features a mobile training lab set—including miniature roofs, solar inverters, residential electrical service panels, conduit bending obstacle courses, and industry standard safety gear. Solar Futures leverages GRID Alternatives’ hands-on installation model to educate and inspire the next generation of solar leaders, providing 40 hours of STEM-based training for college and career readiness.
GRID taught students all about solar installation and it has been a great couple of weeks in the classroom and in the field where they have been mapping out
solar arrays on houses and planning out the wattage and cost of the panels including the community outreach and then installed a solar system in San Miguel for a low income homeowner. I was up on the roof with GRID and my students helping install the solar array. This has been a tremendous experience for a hands-on career technical education. It is beyond anything you can learn in the classroom only. This is about a real-world experience.
- Jason Diodati, Templeton CTE Pathway – Energy and Power Technology teacher