Together, we are creating transformative solutions to achieve a prosperous future in which solar energy is integrated into all aspects of our lives.


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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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Reaching the 300 Community Milestone


Our national SolSmart program has achieved its goal to help over 300 local governments make it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar! These communities are in 40 states and the District of Columbia and represent 82 million people. From big cities to suburbs and small towns, SolSmart is helping local governments reduce barriers 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

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Solar Jobs Census

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

We rely on partnerships within the business and nonprofit communities to support this important work. Contact us now to support the Solar Jobs Census and other groundbreaking initiatives in 2020.

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A More Diverse Solar Workforce

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. Not only do we provide the definitive benchmark data on where the industry now stands, but we also work with 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

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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 toolkits offer the latest best practices to meet hiring and training needs. Our job fairs, workshops, and online resources are powering the solar industry’s growth.

Visit for the latest tools and resources to build a highly qualified and diverse solar workforce.

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Automated Solar Permitting

We’re partnering with leading solar companies on the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative to create a low-cost, seamless process for rooftop solar and storage installations, while enhancing safety and reliability. This will make solar energy more affordable and accessible for homeowners and businesses.

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Solar Saves Lives in Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico rebuilds from the devastation after Hurricane Maria, we’re partnering with major humanitarian relief organizations to install solar and storage where it is needed the most, including at health clinics and major community centers.

“Times of crisis call for us to reach out and forge alliances to pull resources together and achieve a common goal.” — Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Solar-Powered Schools

Solar panels save schools money on electricity bills so they can spend it on education. Read our report on solar schools across the U.S. and learn how your school can go solar.

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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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