Neighborhood Sun

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Neighborhood Sun

Silver Spring, Maryland

Membership Type: Gold

Project Summary

Neighborhood Sun is your friendly clean energy social enterprise with a mission to empower neighborhoods to choose community solar. Community, or shared solar, allows electricity consumers to purchase solar from a local project, with no need to install any equipment. They are founded by the former leader of Clean Currents, the area’s first exclusively green energy company, which brought together thousands of people, businesses and organizations to switch to wind and solar power. Neighborhood Sun is the only community solar company that puts its members first above all other partners. By standing up for their members, they aim to be the most trusted, transparent solar brand in the market. For Neighborhood Sun, solar is about creating strong communities.

Neighborhood Sun Team

Neighborhood Sun is the 50th business to join the Alliance as a B4B Member! As part of their B Corp certification, the company has a policy that allows each employee to participate in 50 paid volunteer hours per year. Employees plan to volunteer throughout Maryland (including the Eastern Shore and in Annapolis) at native planting events and trash clean-ups through the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Project Clean Stream — the largest cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region! In 2018, the team participated in the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Annual Networking Trash Clean-up!

The team has strong environmental education goals. They participate in local county Green Festivals and plan to create and post educational signs on community boards throughout Maryland, in different languages, as a way to increase awareness about local environmental issues and initiatives. When community members sign-up for solar through Neighborhood Sun, they become a member of a group that helps bring solar access to all, and that strengthens our communities in a variety of ways. One of the many member benefits is access to special members-only environmental education meetings and events.

The team’s office in Silver Spring offsets 100% of their power usage with renewable energy credits (RECs). Furthermore, all employees are encouraged to drive hybrids or electric vehicles as well as telecommute at least once a week, to help save on travel time and gasoline.

The Neighborhood Sun team joins the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay team to kick-off April 2018 Project Clean Stream with an Annapolis trash cleanup!

Click here to download the Neighborhood Sun May 2018 Gold B4B Member Press Release

Themes Fulfilled

Engaged Communities
Fisheries and Habitats
Other Green Initiatives
As a company with deep Maryland roots, we understand the importance of the Chesapeake Bay. Through local community solar – as well as our day-to-day business practices – we’re working to reduce the many negative impacts of climate change on the Bay and our Bay community. We’re proud to join the Alliance as a B4B Member.

Contact

Carolyn E. Ricketts
Community Solar Advocate

For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.