Non-Profit Organizations

Black Rock Solar


Description: Black Rock Solar has become Black Rock Labs (May 2017).

EarthSpark International


Description:  EarthSpark is a non-profit working as an incubator for clean energy enterprises that can deliver sustainable energy services.  Their method is to do the research and development on business models that can spin off and scale to address specific aspects of energy poverty with a specific focus on what can work in Haiti. They have spun off Enèji Pwòp, S.A., a Haitian social enterprise, and SparkMeter, Inc., a smart meter technology company. They have also built a first-of-its-kind, town-sized, solar-powered, smart grid in rural Haiti.

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GRID Alternatives


Description: GRID Alternatives' mission is to make renewable energy technology and training available to underserved communities.  GRID Alternatives' core program is to provide no- to very-low-cost solar power for low-income families while providing hands-on installation experience for job seekers and community volunteers.  In addition to solar installation and workforce training, GRID Alternatives provides technical assistance and training to Tribes, rural communities in Nicaragua, and multi-family affordable housing owners.

Contact informationHeadquarters - 1171 Ocean Avenue, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94608 ⎮ Phone: (510) 731-1310 ⎮ Email:; Colorado - Phone: (303) 968 -1326 ⎮Email:; Washington D.C. - Phone: (202) 602-0191 ⎮Email:; New York - Phone: (212) 549-3977 ⎮Email:; Nicaragua -

IEEE Smart Village


Description: IEEE Smart Village stimulates social enterprise by providing renewable electrical systems, start-up training and ongoing support to help poor, energy-deprived communities globally build toward sustainable prosperity.  Micro-utility equipment is seed-funded to in-country, non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to create self-sustaining, community-owned and -operated micro-utilities where the people are typically living on less than $1-$2 per day.

Contact information: Phone: +1 732 562 3915 ⎮Email:

Solar Energy International


Description: Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit educational organization. Their mission is to provide industry-leading technical training and expertise in renewable energy to empower people, communities, and businesses worldwide. Their Renewable Energy Education Program (REEP) involves hands-on workshops and online courses in solar PV, micro-hydro and solar hot water.  SEI has courses, materials, and hands-on training sessions in Spanish. SEI works cooperatively with grassroots and development organizations in the Americas, Africa, Micronesia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. SEI staff have delivered services to the Pan American Health Organizations, Non-Governmental development organizations (NGOs), foreign, national and state governments, universities and individuals seeking the benefits of renewable energy.  SEI provides training and technical assistance for active duty military and veterans, and Tribes.

Contact information: 1-970-527-7657 ⎮

The Solar Foundation


Description:  The Solar Foundation conducts solar workforce and economic development research for policy makers, local governments, and educators.  The Solar Foundation is also the technical assistance provider for SolSmart, a program designed to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy development. Communities seeking to achieve the SolSmart designation are eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance from national and local experts. Another project, CivicPACE, will connect non-profit and tax-exempt organizations such as affordable housing properties and religious institutions with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

Contact information: 600 14th Street, NW – Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005 ⎮(202) 469-3750 ⎮

Winrock International (EP) (EE) (BD)


Description: technical assistance with adoption of renewable energy technologies, low emission development strategies, implementing energy efficiency in the construction sector. Economic development: access to finance, workforce development, access to markets entrepreneurship and acceleration, youth opportunity.

Contact information: Winrock Foundation, 2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, Virginia 22202, (703) 302-6500; Offices in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nairobi, Kenya, Manila, Philippines.