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.
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 390 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
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
Our annual Solar Jobs Census tracks the dramatic growth in solar jobs over the past ten years. The data in this annual jobs report helps drive policy change at all levels of government.
The tenth annual National Solar Jobs Census found that nearly 250,000 Americans work in the solar industry. Solar jobs increased nationwide and in 31 states between 2018 and 2019.
The interactive Solar Jobs Map offers data on jobs at the local level for the past five years, including jobs by state, county, metro area, and legislative district.
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.
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 Solar Saves Lives program is bringing solar and storage to places where it’s needed the most. And we lead an accelerator program to catalyze solar business development and a highly qualified workforce in Puerto Rico.
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.
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.
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