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A Rich History. A Bright Future.

The Solar Foundation® (TSF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research and education that transforms markets.

Why Solar?

Solar is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in the United States today. The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015 recently documented that the solar industry employs nearly 209,000 Americans, with solar employment growing at approximately 20 percent per year in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The solar industry employs three times more people than the coal industry, and is creating jobs at a rate 12 times higher than the overall economy.

More solar generating capacity was installed in the United States in 2015 than any year before. Solar accounted for nearly one-third of new electric generating capacity in 2015. The solar success story is not confined to the United States. The International Energy Agency has found that if policymakers provide an appropriate level of support, solar has the potential to become the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. The world’s cleanest, most available energy source, solar is a win-win for the planet and the global economy.


The Solar Foundation informs solar policy decisions by delivering analysis and actionable information via high-quality reports to a diverse community of stakeholders. The Solar Foundation’s research, tools, and services promote clean energy adoption and solar-focused education opportunities. Major programs include:

The Solar Foundation is the industry leader in solar workforce and economic development research. The annual National Solar Jobs Census is the first and most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research. The Solar Foundation also publishes a growing number of state-level economic impact studies, and works to highlight the growing contributions of veterans to the solar industry. The Solar Foundation is widely recognized for its award-winning methodology and easy-to-navigate reports.

 The Solar Foundation is the leading non-profit provider of information and technical assistance to local governments interested in greater solar deployment and reducing regulatory and financial barriers facing solar consumers and businesses. The Solar Foundation is the Technical Assistance Provider for SolSmart, a new national designation 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 will be 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. 
 Schools stand to benefit substantially by investing in solar, both in terms of avoided energy costs and by offering unique STEM programming around clean energy. The Solar Foundation conducts groundbreaking, comprehensive research on the progress K-12 schools have made in adopting solar. Through activities such as the National Solar Schools Census and as co-chair of the National Solar Schools Consortium, The Solar Foundation supports schools across the country in their efforts to deploy solar energy.

Contacting The Solar Foundation

ADDRESS:  600 14th Street, NW – Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005

PHONE:  202-469-3750