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 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.
Carolyn E. Ricketts
Community Solar Advocate
For more information about contacting this member, email Corinne Stephens.