Small Solar
Made Affordable

Experience savings of up to 1/3 below conventional cost on small-energy-footprint homes and nonprofit organizations

Our nonprofit model helps make solar more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers.

Get Solar

SunWork is a nonprofit organization with industry professionals who train volunteers to help with small solar installations. Our model enables us to provide you with cost savings up to 1/3 below conventional costs.

Volunteer

Learn more about solar by becoming a volunteer. As a trained volunteer you will learn about installing solar panels, placing inverters, running wires, and many other essential activities associated with small solar installations.

Our Mission

To make solar energy more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers.

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events

Aug
27
Thu
Going Solar Webinar! @ Online Event
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Going Solar Webinar! @ Online Event

Learn how solar panels work, installation considerations, technology options and economics from SunWork, a nonprofit dedicated to making solar more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers. We’ll also talk about options to electrify your home, including heat pumps, induction cooking, battery backups, and electric vehicle chargers.

A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event to those who register.

Sep
12
Sat
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Sept. 12
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Sept. 12

Register for a free online webinar to learn how to install solar energy systems. Then volunteer on solar energy projects in your community.

Learn the basics of installing rooftop solar energy systems by volunteering with SunWork. This 3-hour online event teaches the basics of rooftop solar, solar equipment, electricity, and construction safety. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn about clean renewable energy.
Once you’ve completed this training, you are eligible to join us to install residential and nonprofit solar systems in your community. Volunteers work together with SunWork’s professional staff, attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels that make a solar system tick. Some of our volunteers leverage this experience toward a career in solar energy. Others plan to install solar on their own homes. Most volunteers enjoy supporting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping provide solar energy for their communities. Please see our Bay Area and Central Coast web pages for the communities we serve.
After you register, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link via your Eventbrite registration confirmation email. Please scroll toward the bottom of the email to find the Zoom link.
Requirements:
-This orientation session will be conducted online using Zoom. The session requires you to have access to a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer with the Zoom App installed. Ideally, you will also have a camera available on your device.
-You must be 18 or older to volunteer (or if 16 or 17, with parent or guardian permission.)

Oct
24
Sat
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Oct. 24 @ Berkeley, California
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Solar Installer Training Webinar with SunWork.org | Oct. 24 @ Berkeley, California | Berkeley | CA | United States

Register for a free online webinar to learn how to install solar energy systems. Then volunteer on solar energy projects in your community.

Learn the basics of installing rooftop solar energy systems by volunteering with SunWork. This 3-hour online event teaches the basics of rooftop solar, solar equipment, electricity, and construction safety. This orientation is a great opportunity to learn about clean renewable energy.
Once you’ve completed this training, you are eligible to join us to install residential and nonprofit solar systems in your community. Volunteers work together with SunWork’s professional staff, attaching racking, running conduit, hanging inverters, and mounting the solar panels that make a solar system tick. Some of our volunteers leverage this experience toward a career in solar energy. Others plan to install solar on their own homes. Most volunteers enjoy supporting the expansion of clean renewable energy and helping provide solar energy for their communities. Please see our Bay Area and Central Coast web pages for the communities we serve.
After you register, you will receive a Zoom Meeting link via your Eventbrite registration confirmation email. Please scroll toward the bottom of the email to find the Zoom link.
Requirements:
-This orientation session will be conducted online using Zoom. The session requires you to have access to a Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer with the Zoom App installed. Ideally, you will also have a camera available on your device.
-You must be 18 or older to volunteer (or if 16 or 17, with parent or guardian permission.)

Solar Reviews

SunWork did a brilliant job installing the 28kw system on the roof of our parish hall. Friendly, competent, and cost savings are hallmarks of this...

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Mark - Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Castro Valley

Really enjoyed working with them - from planning to execution. We had them install an 18 kW system at our meditation center. Being a non-profit...

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Matthew - Heartfulness Meditation Centre, Hayward

All I can say is WOW. These guys are so professional from beginning to end. We didn't think we could get solar, due to our small electric bill and...

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Chocolate I. - San Jose

We had such a great experience with our SunWork installation in August. Communication was excellent. I participated in the installation, which was a...

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Leif B. - Berkeley

SunWork was, without a doubt, the most comprehensive and perfect service we have experienced. Typically the cost of any remodel, addition, or home...

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Lynda S. - San Jose

The process was so painless and easy, thanks Bryan Noel and SunWork! I heard SunWork interviewed on KCBX radio and was instantly interested in their...

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John B. - Arroyo Grande

It's an amazing company!! They installed a complete system on my house. I usually do the work on my house and can be very specific on doing a job...

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Sean P. - Castro Valley

The Pricing is AWESOME! The workmanship in my area was SUPERB! Their business model explains it all. Bid them! You won't regret it.

Scott C. - San Luis Obispo

My wife and I were introduced to SunWork at a presentation in San Luis Obispo. From that time on we worked with Project Lead Bryan Noel, regarding...

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Ron S. - Cambria

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Installing batteries for backup purposes can cost $15,000 to $30,000

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