Solar organizations strengthen the renewable energy economy and support solar adoption worldwide. Here is a directory of some of the national, international, state, and local organizations working towards sustainability.
National trade associations and other solar organizations are non-profit organizations with the mission of scaling the renewable energy industry and economy. While some offer education about solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and other types of solar panels, others focus on innovation, investments in clean energy projects, and various initiatives and partnerships promoting solar energy as a whole.
Why Solar Organizations & Trade Associations Are Important
Solar energy trade associations and related organizations are essential in promoting the clean energy transition. Their advocacy is widespread, and their sustainability efforts are present not only locally and statewide, but also nationally and internationally.
Most solar organizations are nonprofits. Their main goal is combating climate change by accelerating renewable energy adoption and usage worldwide. They can do this by influencing solar energy regulations, standards, and incentives. Moreover, they foster innovation in the solar industry by encouraging collaboration and partnerships between legislators, industry experts, researchers, and solar energy companies.
Solar trade associations also expand the solar market by developing solar employment. According to Solar Industry Reports from the National Solar Jobs Census in 2019, solar employment increased by 44% from 2014 to 2019. The same report states that solar-related jobs had a 167% increase over the past decade. High-paying solar jobs include solar project, system, or design engineering, as well as solar consulting and solar installation technician roles.
Some of the leading global solar organizations are:
- International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
- SolarPower Europe, previously known as European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)
- EUROSOLAR — The European Association for Renewable Energy
- International Energy Agency (IEA)
- Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
- Solar Energy International (SEI)
- International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- Global Solar Council (GSC)
- Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
National Organizations (US)
Solar organizations and associations in the United States include:
- American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
- American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)
- Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
- Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
- US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
- Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Vote Solar
A few examples of state solar organizations are:
- Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA)
- California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA)
- New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA)
- Texas Renewable Energies Industry Association (TREIA)
- SelectUSA and its affiliated Energy Industry Associations
- Mid-Atlantic Solar & Storage Industries Association (MSSIA) — covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware
The Solar Energy Industries Association has a State-By-State Map. To find state-specific solar organizations, simply click your state on the map and scroll to Solar Policy Resources.
Some local solar organizations include:
- Colorado Solar & Storage Association (COSSA) in Denver, Colorado
- CHESSA in Washington, D.C.
- Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
SEIA’s Member Directory has a list of member companies, partners, and stakeholders. You can use it to filter by state and business type. If you don’t find solar organizations in your area this way, you can search for them online by adding the “solar energy trade association/organization” or a similar phrase to your city.