E Neighborhood Sun - The Startup That's Making Clean Energy Accessible To All

We had the opportunity to interview Gary Skulnik, CEO and Founder of Neighborhood Sun. Your friendly clean energy provider with affordable and clean electricity.
 


Q:  Can you tell us a bit about yourself and Neighborhood Sun?
A: 
I am the founder and CEO of Neighborhood Sun, which I created in 2016 after passing community solar legislation in Maryland in 2015. I have a long career in clean energy, as an entrepreneur of an advocate at both the national and local level. My previous venture was Clean Currents, a retail energy supplier that grew to $22mm in revenue.

With Neighborhood Sun, I’m building a powerful community solar brand that provides an online platform to acquire and manage thousands of customers for various projects. To date, we’ve filled up more than 25 megawatts of projects in Maryland, with the equivalent of 4,300 households, and are now expanding into New Jersey and other markets. Our Sun Engine software platform, which we just unveiled is a leader in the space. Our senior management team has decades of experience in direct sales and IT development in the green energy space.

Q: How did you get the idea for Neighborhood Sun?
A: I had always been driven by the idea of clean energy combining with local energy as a way to not just fight climate change but to keep energy dollars local. I was not able to do this at Clean Currents because the proper framework was not in place. When I worked on and then passed the community solar bill in Maryland, I finally saw a framework that would incentive local clean power.

Q: What makes your company different from others in your space?
A:
First, experience. Our senior management team has decades of experience in clean energy, IT development/management and direct sales management, a powerful combination. Next is our brand credibility. We are a B Corp with the highest score of any community solar company and a goal of 100% customer happiness. This shows in our Google rating of 5 stars and our BBB score of A+. Finally, we have developed a software platform that is unlike any others in the industry, allowing sales and marketing teams to plug in and rapidly scale up with a fully customizable and trackable portal.
 

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Ayelet Wolf 1 month ago Member's comment

Gary Skulnik, I love this idea. I've always wanted solar energy, but it was never an option as I'm a renter. Really brilliant.