Community Impact

In San Diego, Solar’s Harbor Drive and Kearny Mesa locations provide high-paying jobs for almost 4,000 employees. In addition to Solar’s headquarters operations, products are designed, manufactured and tested in San Diego. Solar is a leading California exporter, with 75 percent of our revenue generated internationally. Solar has been in San Diego for 88 years.

Solar has a considerable impact on both San Diego and California’s economies. In 2010, it was estimated that Solar generated approximately $1.51 billion in economic output for San Diego County, including $319 million in goods and services purchased from local, San Diego vendors. It is estimated that corporate and employee spending in San Diego contributed to over 8,700 jobs in the region.

Solar hosts more than 15,000 visitors annually, including customers, suppliers, conference attendees, government officials and others. It is estimated that these visitors spend over $13.5 million per year in San Diego.

Solar is known in the San Diego community as a leader for corporate giving to the United Way of San Diego County, and is the only company in San Diego to average $1 million in donations per year. Solar’s San Diego facilities also run a Holiday Fund that contributes between $15,000 and $17,000 to local organizations each holiday season. 

In addition to Solar’s corporate citizenship, we are dedicated to environmentally responsible practices and efficient energy products. Solar creates products that run on a now-abundant supply of natural gas, as well as coke oven gas, landfill gas and digester gas. Globally, Solar diverts over 5 million pounds of waste from landfills yearly, and recycles 100 percent of scrap metal. Solar’s San Diego facilities played a large part in a 12 percent reduction of water usage in 2010, thanks in part to the Xeriscape project at Kearny Mesa. This initiative lowered water usage at Kearny Mesa by 83 percent.

While San Diego is currently home to our largest facilities, Solar has a widespread global presence and provides well-paying jobs across the globe. Among Solar’s global workforce are 950 employees in Tijuana; 1,000 employees located in three Texas facilities; 1,350 employed in Europe, Africa and the Middle East; 400 employees between Asia and Australia; and 300 employed in South America and Mexico.