About Solar United Neighbors of D.C.

Solar homeowner Synta Keeling stands with her system in Ward 7.

D.C. is our hometown and where Solar United Neighbors got started. Since 2007, we have been fighting to ensure solar is accessible and affordable to all District residents.

Our vision

We envision a clean, equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities, with solar on every roof and money in every pocket.

Our mission

We’re a community of people building a new energy system and rooftop solar is the cornerstone. We help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

Our partners

We work with amazing partners to spread the solar word. Our partner organizations range from nonprofits to municipal governments, universities to community organizations, and individual “super volunteers” to houses of worship.

Some of our awesome partners in D.C. over the last few years have included:

D.C. advisory board

Our D.C. advisory board provides strategic guidance to our work. Members do not have fiduciary oversight but provide strategic direction to the program. They are members of successful solar co-ops, solar champions, and leaders in the community.

Sherrill Berger Born in Uvalde, Texas, but raised in Washington, D.C., Sherrill studied classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School and later danced as a principle soloist and taught with the well-acclaimed Capitol Ballet Company (CBC). Later she joined the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History, served as an educational tour guide with the Smithsonian Associate International Study Tours in Asia, and Europe, worked for the Carnegie Institution for Science as a prospect researcher, and was instrumental in establishing the Capital Science Lecture Series. She also directed several non-profit organizations, including Saving the DC Public Libraries Renaissance Project, the Mount Pleasant, Brookland, and Bloomingdale neighborhood Main Streets. As a community activist she was a member of Neighbors Inc., Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, founding member of Mount Pleasant Solar Coop, Solar United Neighbors of D.C., PowerDC, Grid 2.0, and co-founder of the re-established DC Consumer Utility Board.
Sylvester Bush Sylvester Bush is a resident of Ward 7 and help form a new solar co-op in Wards 7 and 8, the East Of The River (EOTR) solar co-op. He ensured that residents of ward 7 and 8 were educated and engaged around solar. Sylvester is the owner of a local business, the MGS Group, Inc.
Guy Durant As leader of the first Brookland Solar Co-op, Guy has been instrumental in bringing solar to his community. A technology professional with over 18 years of technology management and SE & IT leadership, Guy currently works at Waterman Engineering and Consulting, LLC. He has a strong background in health IT project management and clinical trials research. He is also an active member of the Plymouth Congregational Church.
Jared Lang Jared Lang, Sustainable Development Manager at National Housing Trust is responsible for integrating sustainability and renewable energy into affordable
housing projects. Jared manages the energy and water components of housing development projects, finances large-scale solar installations, and secures public and foundation incentives for energy projects. Prior to working with NHT, Jared was Program Manager for the National Association of Counties Sustainability Programs, consulting to local officials on strategies for integrating sustainability into their building portfolios. He was also a Sustainability Consultant with Davis
Joelle Novey Joelle Novey directs Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), which supports hundreds of congregations in the DC area to respond to climate change. She’s grateful for years of partnership with Solar United Neighbors of D.C., helping faith communities to get their facilities’ energy “from heaven” and helping members of area congregations to connect with solar co-ops in their neighborhoods. IPL-DMV’s has put together solar resources for congregations.
Robert Robinson Robert Robinson came to D.C. after 18 months organizing elections in Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio for the Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign. He hired onto the Marion Barry for Mayor campaign in 1977 and worked as an administrator for the Executive Office of the Mayor agencies. He managed successful Council campaigns and a councilmember’s staff. He and his wife Sherrill went solar with the Mt. Pleasant Solar Coop and were founding members of Solar United Neighbors of D.C.

Contact the D.C. team

Get in touch directly with any of our D.C. team. Or, for more general D.C. inquiries, contact DCteam@solarunitedneighbors.org.

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years. Before that, she lived in New York and Puerto Rico. She is excited to be a part of Solar United Neighbors of D.C., where she can combine her love of science and community development to help expand access to solar energy in the District. Having benefited from solar energy herself, she is passionate about assisting D.C. homeowners to make the transition to solar.

Contact
Yesenia@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-523-3948

Yesenia Rivera

D.C. Program Director

Yesenia has called the Greater Washington area home for almost 20 years. Before that, she lived in New York an ...

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Anya Schoolman
Anya Schoolman

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and down the Western Hemisphere. She grappled with the issue of sustainable development and how to make complex issues relevant to the community. She learned that finding something that works and benefits the community is not as simple as replacing one problem with another. Solar United Neighbors got its start when her son Walter asked, “Mom, can we go solar?”

Contact
anya@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-256-4327

Anya Schoolman

Executive Director

Anya loves to cook, raises backyard chickens, and has worked for decades on environmental projects up and down ...

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Sam Polino
Sam Polino

Sam Polino

Director of Solar Co-ops

Sam’s commitment to clean energy stems from a passion for ecology, in particular, from growing up on the Chesapeake Bay and research experience in tropical ecosystems. Sam enjoys connecting with individuals and helping them understand the often-overlooked values of clean energy. In his spare time, he keeps the office well fed with a variety of homemade baked goods.

Contact
sam@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-930-2964

Sam Polino

Director of Solar Co-ops

Sam’s commitment to clean energy stems from a passion for ecology, in particular, from growing up on the Che ...

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Andrea Hylant
Andrea Hylant

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps guide communities toward more sustainable futures. Research in food systems, waste systems, renewable energy systems, and the climate proved to her that one can work toward this goal in many ways. At Solar United Neighbors, she loves being part of projects that produce tangible results and help create a sustainable energy system. When she’s not helping educate homeowners about solar, Andrea can be found hiking, biking, or sipping coffee in any café across D.C.

Contact
andrea@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3601

Andrea Hylant

Go Solar Program Coordinator

After majoring in environmental science and geology, Andrea discovered a passion for work that helps guide com ...

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Carra Cheslin
Carra Cheslin

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good fight to protect our mother earth. She has a deep connection to southern coastal Maine where she has spent much of her life treasuring the tidal marsh areas and beaches. The dots connected for Carra when she studied abroad in the Brazilian Amazon and felt small in such an immense and interconnected ecosystem. Carra joined Solar United Neighbors to impact tangible on the ground solutions and mobilize more folks to get involved with spreading the word about solar in meaningful ways. Carra loves cooking, skiing and being outside and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Master Gardener.

Contact
carra@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-854-9815

Carra Cheslin

Director of Engagement

Carra is passionate about connecting, activating, and engaging folks from all walks of life in the good fight ...

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Ben Delman
Ben Delman

Ben Delman

Communications Director

As a six-year-old, Ben asked his sitting-senator if he could correctly spell “potato.” Since then, Ben has continued trying to put his big mouth to good use. He enjoys communicating the benefits an equitable, solar powered energy system provides and its tangible benefits for everyone. Ben hopes one day to see his beloved Cubs win a World Series, again.

Contact
ben@solarunitedneighbors.org
202-888-3602

Ben Delman

Communications Director

As a six-year-old, Ben asked his sitting-senator if he could correctly spell “potato.” Since then, Ben has ...

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