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GRID Alternatives


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 communities.

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

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.