The vision: a future in which energy is clean, local, equitable, affordable, and reliable … for everyone. SUN is catalyzing a grassroots clean energy movement, connecting citizens with the tools and resources they need to start renewable energy projects in their communities. At its core are co-ops in which groups of neighbors “go solar” together and get a bulk discount, making solar more affordable and accessible, and benefitting the local economy. SUN also manages the process with the installer – but that’s just the beginning. Co-op members are encouraged to take part in educational programs, volunteer work, and advocacy. The result: a network of empowered citizens who fight for energy rights and achieve significant policy wins. Now working in five states (including Maryland and Virginia) and in DC, SUN is paving the way to a clean energy future for us all.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

  • Number of households we help to go solar annually:   1,000
  • Private investment in solar we facilitate annually:   $24,00,000
  • Number of people we engage in solar education annually:   6,000
  • Carbon emissions avoided annually through our work (pounds):   23,518,020
  • Solar jobs created by our work to-date:   515

Awards & Recognition

White House Champion of Change for Solar Deployment (2014)

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate and Energy Leadership Award (2015)

Interstate Renewable Energy Council Action Hero (2015)

Chesapeake Climate Action Network Climate Champion (2011)

MDV-SEIA Solar Champion (2009)

CALFinder Amazing Activist in the Name of Solar (2009)


Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Solar United Neighbors is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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