What we’re fighting for
All of our advocacy efforts fall under the umbrella of creating a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone. We focus on systemic, incremental policy improvements that create a stronger, more inclusive solar market and a more democratic energy grid.
Our solar bill of rights
We stand behind our solar bill of rights, which outlines the core values Solar United Neighbors is fighting for.
We, the undersigned, believe we have the right to produce our own power.
- We have the right to put solar on our roofs, in our yards, or to share a nearby solar array with our neighbors.
- We have the right to manage our own electricity production and consumption so that we can all save money.
- Solar power creates local jobs, keeps money in our community, makes us more resilient, and enhances our energy security.
- Solar should be affordable and accessible for all.
We believe utilities work for the people – not the other way around.
- Utilities should enable us to take control of our energy – not prevent us from doing so.
- Utilities have an obligation to help the communities they serve transition to clean, locally-produced energy.
- Utilities should not put punitive or arbitrary charges, fees, or rules in the way of solar.
We envision a clean, equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities, with solar on every roof and money in every pocket.
We’re a community of people building a new energy system, and rooftop solar is the cornerstone.
Solar equals energy freedom. Join us today!
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How we approach advocacy
We recognize that policy improvements are additive. And, we know it’s important to lay a strong groundwork for distributed renewable energy before fighting for profound changes to utility business models or regulatory frameworks.
We focus on systemic but incremental policy improvements that result in a stronger, more inclusive solar market and a more democratic grid.
We use a five-step model of the evolution of solar market and policy maturity, and the corresponding interventions needed at each stage. We start with building the fundamentals of a distributed solar market. From there we push for rules that ensure the market expands access and equity. Finally, we push for transformation of the rules to empower all of us to control, produce and manage our own energy.