About Solar United Neighbors of Maryland

From Appalachia to the shore, Marylanders are leading the transition to solar. Maryland has some of the best solar laws in the country and we’re not stopping until everyone has solar.

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 Maryland over the last few years have included:

Maryland advisory board

The Solar United Neighbors of Maryland Advisory Board helps guide our work. It provides strategic guidance and a valuable voice influencing the direction of the organization. Over time, Solar United Neighbors of Maryland expects to expand the board to include other community and co-op voices from across the state.

 

Kimberly Armstrong
Kimberly serves as vice president of the American Association of Blacks in Energy-Baltimore Chapter, and is an active board member for the Environmental Justice Partnership. She studied construction supervision and business management at Baltimore City Community College and has earned several industry certifications in sustainability management/planning and energy efficiency.

 

Joyce Breiner

Joyce is co-founder and Executive Director of Poolesville Green, a non-profit, educating the community about sustainable living. Her successes include: 1) the Poolesville Solar Array, 2) the largest Electric Vehicle show on the East Coast, 3) the Montgomery County GreenFest EV showcase, and 4) numerous other energy/environment events. She is a Climate Reality trained speaker on Climate Change and member of Poolesville MD’s Sustainability Committee. Joyce is a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery program and is also retired from a 29 year career as a FAA Air Traffic Controller. Joyce collaborated to ensure Poolesville residents had awareness of MD Sun’s Montgomery County Co-Op and is honored to join the Advisory Board. In ‘walking the talk’, her home is solar electricity net-positive since 2012 producing more electricity than needed by the household and the family’s Electric Vehicles.
Nancy Franklin

 

Because Nancy grew up with a father who was passionate about alternative energy, she developed an early appreciation of its value. She helped research, plan, and build rudimentary solar, methane, and wind experiments as a child. Decades later, she was the first in her community to put solar on the roof following extensive research to learn about current technologies. That positive experience led to her working on the Bowie Solar Co-op Selection Committee. As an active advocate for renewable energy sources with a focus on solar, she enjoys sharing her enthusiasm, knowledge, and insight with others.
Jacob Howley Jacob and his family have lived in Mount Rainier since the summer of 2007. They harness the power of the sun in their garden, as well as through their rooftop PV installation which generates all their household electricity. Jacob works on regulatory, legislative, and policy matters as an attorney for the U.S. Postal Service.
Alex Podlesny Alex Podlesny is an active supporter of clean and sustainable energy, from electric cars and solar panels at home, to the off-grid solar power-center at his apple orchard in eastern Maryland that waters trees and charges electric powered farm equipment. He has spent more than 20 years in computer science and engineering. Alex worked actively with the Rockville Solar Co-op Selection Committee, sharing his knowledge with others. Alex grew up in Ukraine and moved to the United States in the 1990’s.
Jonathan Smith Jonathan is a long-time Rockville resident, husband, and father of two. He works in technology portfolio management in the financial services industry. He made the solar leap with the Rockville Solar Co-op. He actively educates and recruits friends and neighbors to join the local solar co-op. He also helps them generate financial models to demonstrate solar financial metrics such as payback period and return on investment.
 Sean Williamson Sean is a faculty specialist at the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland. He focuses on policy and business models that enable community-scale energy production and carbon mitigation. Sean is thrilled to be on the Solar United Neighbors of Maryland advisory board where he hopes to serve as a student and ambassador for best practices in community-scale clean energy. Sean is a native of the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, but happily calls Maryland home.

Contact us

Get in touch directly with any of our Maryland team via the contact info in our profiles. Or, for more general Maryland inquiries, contact MDteam@solarunitedneighbors.org.

Corey Ramsden
Corey Ramsden

Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Jury duty set Corey on a new career path. During lunches at the Building Museum located near the courthouse, Corey was struck by an exhibit on sustainable communities. He realized that he wanted his professional life to expand renewable energy and positively affect his community. It took a few years, but by volunteering with Solar United Neighbors of D.C., taking online courses, working for a local solar installer, and getting NABCEP-certified, those lunches set him on a path toward his current role at Solar United Neighbors.

Contact
corey@solarunitedneighbors.org
240-334-7720

Corey Ramsden

Vice President of Go Solar Programs

Jury duty set Corey on a new career path. During lunches at the Building Museum located near the courthouse, C ...

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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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