About Us

The idea of Solar Dividends originated with Robert Stayton in his book Solar Dividends: How Solar Energy Can Generate a Basic Income for Everyone on Earth, published in 2019.

He has teamed up with The Sustainable Systems Research Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit green think tank and eco-project incubator in the Monterey Bay Area and Central Coast of California.

The team is pursuing multiple paths to bring about the first basic income programs funded by solar energy

connect with other programs
lobby for funding

Contacting existing basic income pilot programs around the country to develop permanent funding sources to extend the programs that are set to expire when the pilot programs end.

Develop local projects in cooperation with nonprofits and governments.

Lobby the California legislature to enact supporting legislation and funding.

If you are part of an existing basic income program…

If you are part of a pilot basic income pilot program that will end when funding runs out, contact us about using solar energy to generate a permanent source of funding for your basic income program.  We can help you work through the Solar Dividends Starter Kit to develop your local solar resource and connect it to your basic income program.

If you are a nonprofit or government agency…

If you are an existing nonprofit or are thinking of starting a nonprofit to do Solar Dividends, we can help walk you through the steps to implement a project. Or if you are a government agency interested in Solar Dividends for your citizens, we can put you in touch with other basic income programs and help you develop the solar resource to fund your own.

If you are a member of the California legislature…

Contact us to discuss potential legislation that would facilitate the implementation of Solar Dividends in California.


(831) 708-5836
2861 Mission St
Room 247
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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