SolarCity, based in San Mateo, California and with 24 other business locations around the United States. Founded in 2006, SolarCity is a leading full-service solar provider for homeowners, businesses, and government organizations. One of the firm’s innovations is to provide system design, financing, installation, and monitoring services from a single source. SolarCity also installs electric vehicle charging stations.
SolarCity is has more than 15,000 projects completed or underway in 10 states. Several of the firm’s innovations, including its SolarLease and Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which help make the switch to solar affordable, are becoming industry standards. SolarCity’s performance monitoring systems provide customers a real-time view of their net energy consumption and carbon footprint. Collectively, SolarCity’s solar power installations have offset more than 100 million pounds of carbon pollution to date. Internally, SolarCity recycles excess construction materials as well as office materials, and provides carpool, bike, and public transit incentives to employees. Its headquarters are LEED silver compliant, and it operates a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles.
The firm’s 1,350 full time employees enjoy a full health package, retirement plan, training, and stock options. Entry level PV installers may progress to supervisory and operations management positions within 12-24 months of hire via a clear career path. In 2010, SolarCity partnered with the City College of San Francisco to create a solar installer training center for disadvantaged local residents, and the company has hired employees from programs such as Richmond Solar, the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, and San Francisco Conservation Corps.