Author: Solar Foundation   Published:  6/13/2010

A Note from The Solar Foundation
We have been humbled and inspired to see so many people take to the streets in these past weeks to fight against systematic racism and injustice. We know this is a historic time for our country and one of those rare moments when it feels like sweeping change could be possible. As renewable energy advocates, we are committed to fighting for equality as we call for a clean energy future. To learn more about our research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the solar industry, visit our website here.
We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and we look forward to working harder, learning more, and finding new opportunities to deliver change.
We’ll Miss You At Summer Solstice
We’re only a couple weeks away from this year’s Summer Solstice! Sadly, our 10th annual rooftop celebration will not be taking place this year. If you haven’t already, please consider making an online contribution to support our work at The Solar Foundation. We depend on your individual contributions to make a difference, and we remain committed to coming out stronger on the other side of this pandemic. We’ll see you again soon!
A SolSmart Opportunity for Virginia!
Announcing the newest SolSmart Advisors! Our SolSmart program is partnering with experts at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and the University of Virginia (UVA) to help local governments across the state make it faster, easier, and more affordable to go solar.
Carrie Hearne at the DMME and Elizabeth Marshall at UVA will provide expert technical assistance at no cost to help municipalities and counties accelerate the use of solar energy and related clean energy technologies, such as battery storage and electric vehicles.

Any municipality or county that is interested in taking part in the program should visit the DMME website for more information.

Webinar: Local Government Strategies for 100% Clean Energy
For both large and small communities, there is growing interest in achieving 100 percent clean or renewable energy. This free SolSmart webinar on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET will provide an overview of the approaches to setting renewable energy goals and processes for identifying the most impactful and appropriate implementation strategies. This is the first in a series of three webinars on expanding renewable energy footprints at the local level. This webinar provides one AICP CM continuing education credit. Register here.
New SolSmart Resources
SolSmart Issue Brief: Community Choice Aggregation. This SolSmart issue brief provides an overview of how a community choice aggregation (CCA) is organized, the process local governments can use for establishing a CCA, and how a CCA can be used to increase solar deployment. Read it here.

Solar Energy: SolSmart’s Toolkit for Local Governments. SolSmart has published a comprehensive introduction for communities seeking to go solar. This is the most thorough and up-to-date solar energy guide that local governments can find anywhere. Read the toolkit here.

Standing Strong in Puerto Rico

Our Solar Saves Lives initiative has completed a solar and battery storage installation at COSSMA Las Piedras, a nonprofit clinic in Puerto Rico! This clinic is part of the Federally Qualified Health Center network, which serves over a million low income patients across its locations.

The new system will provide backup for critical services such as medicine storage, vaccines, emergency lights, and the pharmacy computer and laboratory. Thanks to our funders at The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, as well as the Hispanic Federation, Clinton Climate Initiative, and the installer ISO Solar Puerto Rico for making this possible.

New Solar Ready Vets Opportunities
The NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate Program has been approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to receive benefits under the GI Bill! This means veterans and transitioning military personnel can now apply for reimbursement of application costs and exam fees. In the future, we’ll be working to register training and education programs with the VA to ensure that veterans can also cover the costs of solar PV courses. Learn more here.

Our Solar Ready Vets team is producing a series of profiles to showcase military talent across the solar workforce, and we’re looking for veterans employed in solar companies to share their “Service to Solar” stories. Please reach out to our team at

The Solar Ready Vets Corporate Fellowship places transitioning service members in professional and management roles with solar employers to support a smooth transition from active duty to the civilian solar workforce. Our summer SRV Fellowships are off to a great (remote!) start, and we are now recruiting solar employers for the fall cohort to host fellows in roles such as business development, project management, engineering, operations, and more. To learn more and get started, visit our website here.

As a nonprofit, we rely on your generosity and support. The Solar Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) operating foundation and our work is made possible through the support of tax-deductible grants and donations. Help us accelerate adoption of solar energy. Make a charitable contribution at

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