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COVID-19 Update: We are continuing our work to advance solar and other clean energy technologies during these challenging and unprecedented times. We are making necessary adjustments to protect our staff and colleagues, and will be shifting to virtual formats as necessary. We welcome your partnership and support as we continue our research and educational efforts to create a brighter future for all. Contact us to learn how you can help.
We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar and solar-compatible technologies worldwide. We believe that increasing access to this clean, abundant, reliable, and affordable energy source will lift up people’s lives and bring about a prosperous future for all.
Our national SolSmart program has helped over 300 local governments make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar! These communities are in 41 states and the District of Columbia and represent 83 million people. From big cities to suburbs and small towns, SolSmart is helping local governments reduce barriers, lower costs, and become “open for solar business.”
“SolSmart has encouraged more people to adopt solar, created quality local jobs, and brought more reliable local clean energy to our energy system. We need more clean and resilient options in our local communities, and simplifying permitting is a proven way to make real progress.” — Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun
We publish comprehensive research to help solar and storage companies build a diverse and inclusive workforce, with equal opportunities for women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and veterans. We work alongside companies on best practices to meet diversity and inclusion goals.
“Diversity and inclusion are essential to making the solar industry as accessible as possible. While the industry is working hard toward expanding into all communities, studies like this highlight where the gaps are so we can do a better job on filling them. Over time, we hope that our industry workforce will be as diverse as our world, and studies like this will help us get there.” — Scott Wiater, President and CEO of Standard Solar
We’re helping meet the workforce needs of the solar and storage industry by connecting employers, training providers, and career seekers. Our research toolkits offer the latest best practices to meet hiring and training needs. Through the Solar Ready Vets Network, we match military veterans with solar career opportunities.
After Hurricane Maria, we’re helping Puerto Rico rebuild for a sustainable future. Our Solar Saves Lives program is bringing solar and storage to places where it’s needed the most. And we launched a new program to catalyze solar business development and a highly qualified workforce.
We’re partnering with leading solar companies to dramatically lower the cost of installations through programs like the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative. We help nonprofit organizations finance solar projects that benefit their communities.
Find out more about our work to expand solar markets and create a bright future for all.
We depend on your contributions in order to succeed. Support our work today by joining us as a member of The Solar Foundation. With an individual membership, you can support the growth of renewable energy and receive great benefits to advance your career.
If you have a partnership idea at your company or organization, we’d love to get in touch. Explore our sponsorship opportunities and contact us to learn more.