The Solar Foundation is advancing solar energy use through strategic research and education that transforms markets. SolSmart provides recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help cities and counties encourage solar energy development locally. CivicPACE is working to support solar energy deployment to tax-exempt organizations, such as nonprofits, affordable housing, faith-based institutions, and schools.

The Solar Foundation is continuously looking for new areas of programming and research that can add value to the clean energy economy and bring new understanding for decision-makers. Chief among those new areas of research is energy storage – as a stand alone product, in conjunction with solar, or as part of beneficial electrification through electric vehicles. If you would like to work with The Solar Foundation on growing these new solutions for the “solar+” future, please contact us.

Other programs and research efforts include:

Solar + Storage

As energy storage systems are added to the electricity grid at an accelerating pace, it is imperative that decision makers have a general understanding of the economic impacts. To this end, The Solar Foundation tsfproduced this discussion paper on the current labor efficiencies experienced by the U.S. solar industry and how such measures may provide insight about solar related employment in the energy storage industry. While we consider the storage results to be preliminary, this discussion paper was developed using data collected through The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2015, as well as information collected through interviews of solar and energy storage experts from across the country.

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Whole Foods Market — Making the Case for Rapid Solar Rollouts

A new analysis by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and The Solar Foundation outlines a standardized approach that Whole Foods Market is using to rapidly expand solar rooftop installations, which could be a model for other retailers. The report outlines how Whole Foods will meet its plan to retrofit approximately 100 facilities with rooftop solar by 2017.

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