This year, The Solar Foundation will merge with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) — creating an expanded nonprofit dedicated to the rapid adoption of clean energy.

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About Us

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.

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Helping 400 Communities Go Solar

Through our national SolSmart program, we’ve partnered with more than 20 local organizations to develop community-based solutions to increase solar energy growth. Today, SolSmart has helped over 400 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 over 99 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 updated the Program Guide that provides an overview of the 75 key actions communities can take to advance solar energy at the local level.

“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

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Black Lives Matter. At this historic time, we are in solidarity with the brave people across the country fighting against systematic racism that has destroyed countless lives.

Clean energy industries represent the future of our country, and our values need to be reflected in the makeup of our workforce. To that end, we publish comprehensive research to help solar and storage companies advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We work alongside companies on best practices to ensure equal opportunities for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and veterans.

“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

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Solar Jobs Census

Our annual Solar Jobs Census tracks the growth in solar jobs and the state of the solar workforce over the past 11 years. The data in this annual jobs report helps drive policy change at all levels of government.

The 11th annual National Solar Jobs Census found that more than 231,000 Americans work in the solar industry as of 2020. Visit the report page to view the national trends behind these numbers as well as the number of solar jobs by state.

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Solar Workforce Development

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.

Workforce Development Programs

Solar Ready Vets Network

Accelerating Solar in Puerto Rico

More than three years after Hurricane Maria, we’re in Puerto Rico for the long haul, helping the island rebuild for a sustainable future using solar and battery storage. Our Puerto Rican Solar Business Accelerator is catalyzing solar business development and a highly qualified workforce in Puerto Rico.

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Solar Schools

Since 2014, we have worked with our partners to release the most comprehensive reports on solar at U.S. schools. There are now over 7,300 schools across the country with solar installations. These schools are saving money on electric bills, educating students about clean energy, and ensuring a brighter future for the next generation.

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Market Transformation

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.

Market Transformation


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.



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