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A Rich History, A Bright Future

The Solar Foundation (TSF) is an independent national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets. TSF is considered the premier research organization on the solar labor force, employer trends, and the economic impacts of solar. It has provided industry insight to the National Academies, the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Department of Eenrgy, and other organizations during a time of dynamic industry growth and policy and economic uncertainty.

While TSF recognizes that solar energy is a key part of our energy future, it is committed to excellence in its aim to help people fairly and objectively gauge the value of the solar industry worldwide.

For over 30 years, we have worked to promote and expand the use of solar energy as a clean, sustainable, and secure way to meet global energy demand. We have a proven track record of producing high-impact policy studies that have not only helped to directly advance the use of solar energy in the U.S., but have also provided valuable lessons for other emerging solar markets worldwide.

In 2010, we published the National Solar Jobs Census, which received widespread media coverage for establishing the first credible solar jobs baseline. Prior to that, we published two reports that were critical to efforts in extending the federal solar investment tax credits (ITC) through 2016. The federal ITC represented the first long-term tax credit for the solar industry, and has rapidly led to expanding markets, increased jobs and significantly lower costs for solar energy.

We are also involved in two multi-year partnerships with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program. We are part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, providing technical assistance and expertise to the thousands of local governments interested in implementing solar programs and pro-solar policies. We also support DOE's Solar Instructor Training Network, which works to create sustainable solar contracting jobs and ensure high-quality, standardized solar installations.

Finally, we work toward making it easier for organizations of all kinds to go solar, from non-profits to local governments and schools. To this end, TSF has helped create and operate the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, which seeks to introduce students to solar power by having 20,000 solar energy systems installed at K-12 schools across the nation by 2020. 

At The Solar Foundation, we continually work to build relationships with key solar industry stakeholders, top research universities, and government entities and see ourselves as a single community working to build a strong solar future for our country and our planet. We believe that together, we can create the kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to grow-up in.

Join the TSF Team!

The Solar Foundation is looking to fill several positions for both full-time employment and seasonal internships. If you're looking for an excellent learning experience in a high-paced non-profit environment, check out the position descriptions below!

Solar Outreach and Policy Fellow - Summer 2014

Development Fellow - Summer 2014

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we depend on public support to achieve this vision.

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