Solar Works

Solar Installation

Sebastopol, California

United States

About Solar Works

Since 1986, Solar Works has been giving people the power to make a difference. John Parry, the founder, owner and FSL (Fearless Solar Leader) built Solar Works from a one-person solar business to a respected solar energy company that has installed more solar systems in Sonoma County than any other local installer.

Solar Works is a full-service, licensed solar contractor, providing high quality solar systems for home, business and community. They provide expert in-house design and installation, exemplary customer service and support, and serve customers as a long-term partner in clean energy production.

We advocate alliances and partnerships, and are aligned with B Corporation standards. We work diligently on behalf of a healthy community and planet, and are dedicated to conducting business in the best interest of our customers, staff, extended community and a sustainable environment. Committed to setting and maintaining a high standard of integrity and professionalism in the solar industry, we are proud to partner with the B Corporation community as we work together on building a movement that uses business as a force for good in the world.

The Change We Seek®

Solar Works has a responsibility to contribute to a healthy world, and we do this by giving people the power to make a positive difference. Solar Works' mission is to provide energy efficient solutions that conserve natural resources and promote individual and community self-reliance. Solar Works is locally owned and operated, actively involved in the community, and dedicated to social and economic justice and a healthy environment. Solar Works is a B Corporation, California Benefit Corporation, Certified Sonoma County Green Business, a member of the Business Environmental Alliance, Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative, Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce, and supporter of many local good works and non-profit organizations, including the Center for Climate Protection, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, Daily Acts, Laguna Farm, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Sonoma County Peace and Justice Center, KOWS community radio, and Food for Thought, Sonoma County’s AIDS Food Bank. Solar Works is widely acknowledged as a community leader, and John Parry serves as the chair of Sonoma Clean Power’s Rate Payer Advisory Committee, board member of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) and founder of the NorthBay CalSEIA chapter. Solar Works has won many awards and recognition, and is one of the longest-established, locally owned and operated solar design and installation companies in the United States.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2010

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Governance: Explicit commitment to social impact and environmental stewardship included in written corporate mission, annually reviews company’s social and environmental performance, worked within industry to develop social and environmental standards for industry,

Community: Give preference to local, sustainable, or fair trade suppliers, >40% of management from underrepresented populations

Environment: Policy statement documenting organization’s commitment to the environment, extensive office wide recovery and recycling program including composting, all office supplies from fellow B Corp Give Something Back, energy and water efficiency improvements implemented