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SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE

The sun belongs to everyone

San Diego, CA   |  https://www.solarrights.org
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SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE

EIN: 81-1203907


Mission

We bring solar users and supporters together to defend the right to choose, make and store solar energy without unreasonable interference by the utility monopoly.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

David Rosenfeld

Main address

302 Washington St. #150-5062

San Diego, CA 92103 USA

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EIN

81-1203907

Subject area info

Energy resources

Human rights

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(4) Civic Leagues and Social Welfare Organizations

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Everyone has the right to make energy from the sun without unreasonable interference from the utilities or the government. But monopoly California utilities see rooftop solar as competition, and are actively lobbying the government to make it harder and more expensive for everyday people to get solar.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Solar Bill of Rights

It is time for a Solar Bill of Rights that protects everyone's right to make their own solar energy without red tape or discriminatory fees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We help solar users fight back when their utility tried to hit solar users with taxes or discriminatory fees.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Net metering ensures that solar users are fairly compensated for the extra energy they share with the grid. It is also a critical way to encourage more people to make local solar energy, which saves the entire state money by reducing the burden on the grid and making our communities more resilient during outages. Utilities are lobbying to kill net metering. We're helping solar users fight back.

Population(s) Served
Adults

SMUD used to be the country's most enlightened utility when it came to encouraging customers to become less dependent on the grid through solar and energy efficiency. Lately they've lost their way, and are pushing policies to discourage solar and entrench their monopoly. We're helping local customers advocate for SMUD to change its tune and see customer-made solar and storage as a key way to meet the Sacramento region's energy needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The best way to ensure the lights never go out again on our communities is to outfit as many homes and businesses and critical facilities with solar powered batteries. This way, we can ensure enough electricity is made and stored locally to keep the community safe and resilient in the face of any emergency. The utilities are fighting our vision, and we're fighting back.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to ensure that everyone can make energy from the sun at their home, business, church, school, farm...anywhere. We envision a future in which millions of Californians benefit from local rooftop solar and batteries, renters and homeowners alike.

We keep track of what the politicians, utilities and regulators are up to and alert the public and our members when there is a threat to solar, or an opportunity to expand rooftop solar to more people. We educate and mobilize solar users and solar supporters to make their voices heard to decision-makers, and ensure that they side with the public not the utility monopoly.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.00

Average of 0.00 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.3

Average of 1.1 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

39%

Average of 12% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $0 $193,423 $6,440
As % of expenses 0.0% 13.2% 0.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $0 $193,423 $6,440
As % of expenses 0.0% 13.2% 0.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $215,027 $1,655,881 $1,971,234
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 19.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $125,690 $1,462,458 $1,964,794
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0% 34.3%
Personnel 77.3% 9.4% 7.0%
Professional fees 0.6% 0.3% 4.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 11.1% 12.7%
All other expenses 22.1% 79.3% 75.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $125,690 $1,462,458 $1,964,794
One month of savings $10,474 $121,872 $163,733
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $136,164 $1,584,330 $2,128,527

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.5 1.8 1.3
Months of cash and investments 3.5 1.8 1.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 1.8 1.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2021 2022
Cash $36,814 $213,293 $219,733
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $52,524 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $213,293 $219,733
Temporarily restricted net assets $89,338 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $89,338 $0 $0
Total net assets $89,338 $213,293 $219,733

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

David Rosenfeld

Dave is the Executive Director of the Solar Rights Alliance. Dave has been a community organizer for over twenty years and believes people power is the best way to overcome special interests. Prior to joining Solar Rights Alliance, Dave led a successful statewide ballot measure campaign in Oregon to restore Career Technical Education for high schoolers. Before that, he led a 40,000 member public interest organization that successfully worked to reduce health insurance premiums for consumers and combat government corruption. In addition to spending time with his wife and two children, he enjoys running, backpacking and learning about science and philosophy.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

SOLAR RIGHTS ALLIANCE

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

David Rusch

David Rusch

Robert Mills

Lee Miller

Fatima Malik

Marquis Smith

Thomas Fendley

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.

Contractors

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