“We are thrilled to be selected for this competition because it provides us a platform to work on the most profound and urgent energy issues facing low-income and urban residents – the high cost of energy to their pocketbooks and to their health,” said Gary Skulnik, CEO and Founder of Neighborhood Sun. “If we can provide people lower cost, clean solar power, it frees up money to spend on more important things and it helps clean the air everybody breathes.”
Neighborhood Sun is the lead on the project, employing its customer outreach and education model to connect the churches, their constituents, and other Baltimore area residents with community solar projects nearby. These projects will provide power without the need to install any equipment on your roof as part of the new Maryland program.
Raymond Nelson, Vice Chair of DreamLife Worship Center said, “I believe we and our members will benefit from this project. At DreamLife, we are a church that always looks at ways through Christ to enhance, educate and encourage a better life and lifestyle for our church members and community alike. We truly believe that community solar is one of the ways to achieve these objectives.”
Tim Grahl, Project Developer for Pfister Energy, a solar integrator in Baltimore, said, “I believe Pfister Energy and its members will benefit from this project by sustaining and providing jobs and apprenticeships.”
The idea for the team goes beyond providing clean, affordable energy. We want to use community solar as a tool to educate, organize and empower residents to fight for better energy choices, local economic development and jobs.
About Neighborhood Sun
We are a Maryland based community solar company with a mission to bring the benefits of solar energy to everyone, not just the select few. Learn more at www.neighborhoodsun.solar.
About the Solar in Your Community Challenge
The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and non-profit organizations.
More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge is at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.