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Raise money for your nonprofit by partnering with SolarCity.

We’ll give your organization $200 for every supporter who goes solar with us.

Tap into the solar revolution.

The number of Americans making the switch to clean solar energy is skyrocketing. And SolarCity is leading the charge — signing up a new customer every 3 minutes.

Now, your organization can tap into this powerful revolution to raise money by joining our Solar Ambassador program for nonprofits. We call it SunRaising.

Everybody wins with SunRaising.

It’s an easy, evergreen way to fundraise that creates a brighter future for you, your supporters and the planet.

  • We do virtually all the work. You earn money
    for your organization.
  • Your supporters can save money with solar
    from day one.
  • Your referrals get their first month on us.
  • We all enjoy clearer air, cleaner water and a healthier planet.

    Trusted by top nonprofits.



    Our partners include all types of organizations — from local schools and churches to some of the world’s top nonprofits. And the list grows every week. We hope you’ll join us too.

    Why SolarCity?

    We’re America’s #1 solar power provider — trusted by more homeowners and companies than any other solar provider.

    We provide you with an Energy Consultant who organizes events on your behalf and is there for your referrals throughout the process.

    Your supporters are in good hands. Our expert in-house team takes care of every solar project from start to finish.

    Our coverage is the best in the industry — with 24/7 monitoring and repairs at no extra cost.

    How it works.

    We’ll organize SunRaising events to talk to your supporters about the benefits of solar. All you have to do is invite them.


    If any supporters are interested, we’ll create a custom proposal for them. No pressure. No obligation.


    Supporters can make the easy switch to solar with no upfront cost while paying less for electricity every month. The first month is on us.


    We give you $200 for every system we install from your referrals.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    1. We're very busy. Is this a big time investment?

      This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to raise money — and you'll never owe SolarCity any time-consuming grant reports.

      One of our experienced Energy Consultants will do virtually all the work. They'll guide you through the entire process and plan events on your behalf. You can be as involved in the process as you like. The Energy Consultant will work with the families you refer to make sure the installation process goes smoothly and all of their questions are answered.

    2. How do we get started?

      Simply fill in our online registration form. Once you've registered, we'll send you a welcome email with all of the information you'll need to start raising money.

    3. Is there a time limit for this campaign?

      No. Once you're part of the program, you'll keep receiving money for referrals as long as you choose to participate.

    4. Can we partner with other solar companies to fundraise as well?

      Sure. We don't demand exclusivity.

    5. What geographic areas do you serve?

      We're currently in 19 states, plus Washington, D.C. with more on the way. We can work on SunRaising campaigns in any of the states below.


    1. How much can we expect to raise?

      This varies greatly depending on the size of your supporter base, how many events are planned and how much you promote the program. We'll pair you with an expert Energy Consultant who will plan events to maximize the number of referral rewards you bring in.

    2. Are there any strings attached to the money?

      No. The money is unrestricted so your organization can use it however you like.

    3. How do we receive referral money?

      We'll reward you $200 anytime a homeowner you referred has a SolarCity system installed on their home and connected to the utility grid. Only referrals that install a system, and get connected, will result in a referral reward.

    4. Can our supporters also become Solar Ambassadors to fundraise for us?

      Yes. If your supporters are interested, they can become part of your Solar Ambassador team. We call these people First Level Ambassadors. They'll receive $200 for every one of their referrals that makes the switch to SolarCity, while your organization will receive $100.

      Your organization can continue receiving Solar Ambassador rewards from your Second Level Ambassador referrals. Every time a Second Level Ambassador makes a referral that goes solar with us, your organization would receive $50. You can see how this style of fundraising can benefit from a network effect.

    5. When and how will we get referral rewards?

      We’ll send you a check 30 days after a referred supporter has their SolarCity system installed and connected. Checks will go to the address you provide when you enroll in the program.

    6. Where can we track our referrals?

      Anytime you want to check on the status of referrals and referral rewards, simply log in to You can see who signed a SolarCity contract and how many of your supporters have become Solar Ambassadors as part of your network.

    7. Will our organization owe taxes on the money we raise?

      No. As a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status, you won't owe any taxes on the money you raise. However, if your organization is required by the IRS to file a Form 990, you'll need to report the Solar Ambassador income on this form. You'll also need to submit a W-9 tax form to SolarCity so we can send referral rewards to you. This can be done electronically.