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
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)
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