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Review for GRID Alternatives, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

GRID Alternatives trains and leads teams of volunteers to install solar electric systems for low-income homeowners. Time, talent and resources provided to the organization are leveraged many times - and the work is fun! GRID Alternatives was founded during the 2001 California energy crisis by two passionate engineering professionals, Erica Mackie, and Tim Sears. They wanted to develop a model to make solar technology practical for low-income communities, where households are most adversely affected by high energy costs and where polluting fossil-fuel power plants are frequently located. Since 2004, GRID has installed 165 solar electric systems for low-income families throughout Northern and Southern California. These systems reduce each family’s electric bills by approximately 75%, which translates to a total of over $2.65 million in energy cost savings over the systems’ projected life spans. They will also prevent roughly 8,255 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years, the equivalent of planting 11,522 trees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reducing energy bills for low-income people which help them use their hard earned dollars for other needs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the work is timely, my participation is leveraged many times and it's fun.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionated, dedicated, hard-working, forward-thinking and make things fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an even bigger impact on helping address global warming while helping more low-income neighbors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I've volunteered with the organization & became a board member.