Former Clean Currents Co-Founder Gary Skulnik Teams up with MOM’s Organic Market Founder to Launch Neighborhood Sun.
Local clean energy entrepreneur, Gary Skulnik and long-time Maryland green business leader Scott Nash announced today that they’ve joined together to form Neighborhood Sun, a clean energy social enterprise with a mission to bring the promise of solar to everyone through the new community solar program in the state. The company will work with non-profits, faith institutions, community organizations, businesses, and individuals to develop, install, finance, and enroll subscribers for community solar projects. Community solar opens up in Maryland this year thanks to a recent law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Hogan.
“This new program finally brings solar to the half of the market that has been shut out up until now because they didn’t have a suitable roof, high enough credit, or lived in apartments,” said Skulnik. “Community solar has the same impact as roof-top solar without having to install any equipment or sign 20 year contracts, and it will save consumers money.”
The pending B-Corp is backed by the founder of MOM’s Organic Market, Scott Nash.
“Neighborhood Sun will be transformative to the solar energy business,” said Nash. “This project will raise visibility and excitement for this option and offer a turnkey solution to new demographics.”
Skulnik previously co-founded and ran Clean Currents, Maryland’s first socially focused clean energy company. It helped thousands of customers switch to wind power, pioneering the green energy market in the region and creating a lasting legacy of community engagement around a social good. The company’s departure left a void in the market that has not been filled.
Maryland climate leader, Mike Tidwell said, “Gary and Scott have been the guys pushing the most in Maryland for businesses that look beyond profit to have a positive impact on our local community and the fight to combat climate change. I’m excited to see where they take this innovative business”
“With Neighborhood Sun, we are taking “sustainability” to the next level, moving it beyond people buying green products into the realm of people forming concrete connections, supporting local businesses, creating local assets, and buying local clean power,” said Skulnik. “After more than a decade in the business, I don’t want to just sell clean energy, I want to help create clean energy communities.”
Community solar allows anyone who pays an electric bill to purchase solar energy. A company like Neighborhood Sun builds a local solar project and households, businesses, or institutions can subscribe to the power from that project. The subscriber gets a credit on their electric bill for every kilowatt-hour (kwh) of solar they purchase from the project, enabling them to save money as their electric meter virtually spins backwards.
A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that the community solar market is poised for substantial growth, with a $8bb-$15bb market opportunity in the next five years.
For more information: www.neighborhoodsun.solar
Contact Gary Skulnik at: 202-413-8534 - firstname.lastname@example.org