Solar Turbines supports the communities where its employees live and work through a number of financial and volunteer contributions. Many employees participate in volunteer activities and boast thousands of volunteer hours every year. Activities include cleaning up local parks and beaches, mentoring homeless students, painting neighborhood community centers, donating food and clothing, and more. Other employees support local charities through United Way payroll deductions. The following are some examples of Solar's community involvement in the San Diego area:
Caterpillar and Solar support the concept of sustainable development as defined by a United Nations commission as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." All of Solar's facilities place high priority on environmental health and safety performance. High priority areas include Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction, and many of Solar's facilities have received awards for safety and environmental management. Solar maintains a leadership position with its SoLoNOx™ dry low emission (DLE) technology that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions, a contributor to smog. Solar's effectiveness in providing new pollution-prevention technology into the marketplace was confirmed through a Department of Energy (DOE) grant to develop the next generation of high-efficiency, low-emission industrial gas turbines.