Our impact

We know building a new energy system is an audacious goal. But, the passion and commitment of our members has convinced us that it’s possible. Our impact is a testament to our ability to get stuff done.

Last updated October 10, 2017

30,000+ solar supporters

Build an army of solar advocates


We know we can’t change our energy system if we don’t have a broad base of solar supporters fighting for their solar rights. Our list of solar supporters is over 30,000 and growing daily. Join us!

2,300 new solar owners with 16,293 kW installed

Help people go solar


Our members go solar individually and through solar co-ops. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners solicit proposals, find a solar company, and save money on their electric bills.

Combined, we’ve helped over 2,300 homeowners install 16,852 kW of solar capacity. Over the systems' lifetimes, they will offset 575 million pounds of carbon-equivalent emissions and save owners $81.4 million on electricity costs. Learn more about our co-op impacts.

500+ positive stories about solar

Change the conversation around solar


We work in places where people and the media often say that solar isn’t possible. By generating hundreds of positive news stories and helping thousands of homeowners go solar, we change the conversation about solar and renewables in conservative, liberal, urban, and rural communities alike. Now these communities are talking about how quickly people are adopting solar and all the benefits going solar provides. Check out our press clips.

Policy wins in six states and growing!

Protect solar rights and fight for a fair, distributed energy system that benefits everyone


In many states, we’re helping our members protect their solar investments and ensure a fair energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities. We’ve had a number of campaign victories that demonstrate the power of local people standing up for their solar rights. Learn more about our big policy wins and check out our current campaigns to see how you can get involved.

492 jobs created

Create jobs


Our members’ solar installations are supporting their local economies and creating good jobs. Distributed (or rooftop) solar is a particularly good local job creator – you can’t outsource a solar installation! Plus, the solar industry supports construction workers, electricians, roofers, steel manufacturers, panel manufacturers, distributors, and more. The solar industry is growing 18 times faster than the rest of the economy and driving job growth nation-wide. Learn more about how solar is creating jobs.

$44 in local benefits for every $1 contributed to Solar United Neighbors

Generate wealth for communities


Leveraging Investment GraphEvery $1 we spend becomes $44 for local communities! This is because installing solar invests money in the local economy, and keeps more money in families’ pockets. This means more money in the local economy, creating a cascade of benefits for the community.

Annual reports

Every year we put together an annual report summarizing our accomplishments, major programs, initiatives, and activities on the ground and across the country. Until October 2017, we were called Community Power Network, so you’ll see that name on older reports.

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Financials

Solar United Neighbors receives financial support from foundations and individual donors, as well as earned income from our on-the-ground programs. These diverse revenue sources help ensure we continue to be financially secure. For more information on prior year financials, see our annual reports.

2016 Financial Resources Graph

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