About Solar United Neighbors of Ohio

Ohio has long been at the intersection of the world’s energy and manufacturing industries. The world economy is changing and Ohio is changing with it. Solar is creating new local opportunities for wealth creation and new jobs. The sun shines bright on the future of solar in Ohio.

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 Ohio over the last few years have included:

Ohio advisory board

Our Ohio 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.



David Carpenter David Carpenter is a former research engineer and high school physics teacher who promotes solar energy. David has given numerous presentations and solar tour open houses for Green Energy Ohio and the American Solar Energy Society. He also developed and taught a high school unit on climate change. He was the organizer of the Delaware County Solar Co-op.

David’s solar array on the roof of his home produces all of the electricity used by his household. It was installed 11 ½ years ago, and has been dependable and maintenance free. He has had some grid-tied photovoltaic solar for 17 years.

David has a B.S. in physics and an M.A in math & physics education. He also got ETA training in solar installation.


Philip Leppla



Philip is an associate at Leppla Associates, Ltd., and a native of the Dayton area. Philip earned a B.A., cum laude, in 2008 from The Ohio State University and a J.D., cum laude, in 2012 from Capital University Law School.

Philip is a member of the Dayton Bar Association, Miami Valley Trial Lawyers, Ohio Association for Justice, a City of Dayton Landmarks Commission member, and president of the McPherson Town Historical Society. At Leppla Associates, Ltd., a general practice, family firm, his primary focus is civil litigation.

Philip is a proud downtown Dayton resident, along with his wife, Heather. He enjoys hiking in Yellow Springs on the weekend and going to concerts. Philip owns an electric car and will soon be powering it with solar. His home will soon go solar as part of the Dayton Area Solar Co-op.

Eugene Matthews



Eugene Matthews served over twenty years as a facilities director at Oberlin College and Case Western University and is a Certified Energy Manager (retired status). Prior to that Eugene spent many years as a Journeyman Electrician.  Eugene serves on the board of several local organizations working on expanding solar and energy efficiency, including Oberlin Peoples Energy Coalition. Eugene also recently went solar as part of the Lorain County Solar Co-op. Previous to adding solar to his own home, he helped expand solar at Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University during his tenure at each institution.


 Gilbert Michaud Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. There he teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program and conducts solar energy research with the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment. Dr. Michaud’s work focuses on state- and local-level policies to encourage solar energy, ‘value of solar’ methodologies, and community solar programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact the Ohio team