About Solar United Neighbors of Texas

We’re a network of solar advocates, supporters, and owners. We stand for energy freedom and democracy and know that solar creates good local jobs, makes the electric grid resilient and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone.

The Texas program of the national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Solar United Neighbors, was launched in December 2018. With abundant sunshine, Texas is not just an energy leader but also a great state for solar — which is why we help residents, businesses, and municipalities in the Lone Star State go solar and fight for their energy rights.

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.

 

Contact the Texas Team

Hanna Mitchell

Texas Program Director

Hanna Mitchell works to bring more solar energy options to Texas communities. As an organizer and campaigner with a passion for environmental justice, she started organizing after attending a summer training program with the Sierra Student Coalition over a decade ago. She has experience working on local, state, and national campaigns. For three and a half years, she worked with Greenpeace in North Carolina to improve access to cleaner and cheaper energy options and support the intersecting movement for environmental and social justice. During this time, she led grassroots outreach for Solarize Charlotte, ran a 100% renewable energy initiative for public schools, and met her husband with whom she moved to Austin, Texas in the summer of 2017. Originally from Maine, Hanna earned her B.A. in Environmental & Urban Studies from Bard College in New York, focusing on Environmental Policy. When she’s not organizing, Hanna can be found salsa dancing, cooking up food to share with friends, or running on an Austin greenbelt.

202-888-3601 Ext. 504

Vincent Jerkovich

Go Solar Program Specialist

Vincent has worked across the spectrum of solar. Before joining Solar United Neighbors, he worked with a national solar installer and then for a non-profit organization where he provided technical assistance to local governments implementing solar best practices. At Solar United Neighbors, he helps educate co-op participants so that they can make truly informed decisions when going solar. Vincent has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He is also a NABCEP-certified Photovoltaic Associate.

202-888-3601 Ext. 537

Liz Veazey

Policy & Rural Energy Director

Liz is excited to bring her almost 20 years of experience with clean energy, climate, and social justice organizing and advocacy to her role as Solar Advocacy Campaigner. Liz has served in many leadership roles across the movement for clean energy and climate justice. Mostly recently, Liz was Network Director at We Own It building the movement for rural electric co-op reform and energy democracy from 2015-2020. During that time, Liz served three years on the Steering Committee of the RE-AMP Network helping to set a goal of equitably eliminating GHG emissions in the Midwest by 2050. She served as Co-chair of the Power Shift Network board from 2016-2019 (which she co-founded in 2004 as the Energy Action Coalition) to bring youth together to build a clean energy future. She enjoyed helping people go solar through Solarize Eugene and looks forward to bringing solar to many more people through her work with Solar United Neighbors.

Liz is from North Carolina, but currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska where she’s on the board of a multi-modal transportation advocacy group, Mode Shift Omaha, and is an active customer-owner of Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). Sadly, her roof doesn’t face south, but she does participate OPPD’s community solar program. She has a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, a BS in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina, and she received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship in 2002 and 2003. She enjoys biking, gardening, and hanging out with her chickens.

Dori Wolfe

Houston Area Co-op Coordinator

Dori founded Wolfe Energy to share her passion for energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. She has been actively involved in Solarize Houston, now through Solar United Neighbors and Houston Renewable Energy Group. The Sunnyside Energy team she compiled was awarded the opportunity to develop a utility- scale solar farm on a former Houston landfill, complete with community-owned solar.

Since 2012, she has been working to bring community solar projects to fruition, including a 7 Megawatt array in Strafford, Vermont which came on line in 2017 and three other community-owned solar arrays since then. In 1998 she co-founded groSolar, that grew to be a national renewable energy company.

She has dedicated substantial volunteer time to educating students and communities in sustainable practices including developing an elementary school energy curriculum, composing children’s songs about energy, and lecturing on renewable energy. Dori has a BSME degree from Cornell University.

202-888-3601 Ext. 553