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.

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.

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.

Contact
[email protected]
202-888-3601

Glen Brand

Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Glen has served on the staff of several national and state environmental and labor organizations. He worked for the national Sierra Club from 1998-2010 in a variety of roles, including Director of the “Cool Cities” campaign, the organization’s first nationwide grassroots effort to advocate for local clean energy solutions. From 2012-2017, he served as Director of the Sierra Club’s Maine Chapter.

He has been quoted widely in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been a guest speaker on clean energy issues at many venues throughout the country, as well as in Denmark and Brazil. A Florida native, Glen was educated at the University of Florida and the University of Houston. He is an avid kayaker, bicyclist, and amateur jazz musician.

Contact
[email protected]
207-749-3896

Lisa Rimmert

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Lisa aims to make the world a better place through good communication. She has marketed a variety of events and programs throughout the non-profit sector. Lisa brings this experience to her role at Solar United Neighbors.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s. Her bachelor’s is in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her master’s in public relations is from Webster University in St. Louis. In her spare time, she enjoys comedy and music. Lisa also volunteers on programs to advance racial justice, gender equity, and animal rights.