Who We Are
MD SUN is a non-profit effort that expands access to solar by educating Marylanders about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Maryland’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.
Our mission is threefold:
- Help Marylanders start their own community-based renewable energy projects by providing resources, technical assistance, case studies, and connections to other practitioners.
- Help citizens influence policy by providing support for strategic planning, fundraising, list building, petitions, and other tools. We share success stories and connect people to experts.
- Create a network for existing community groups to connect, collaborate, and grow. In addition to providing up-to-date information on community-based renewable energy, we also offer a set of tools and resources for MD SUN partners to use.
Why We Are Here
MD SUN is a project of the Community Power Network (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She organized her neighbors together to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since.
CPN provides MD SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers. Click here to learn more about CPN’s accomplishments throughout the region and beyond. CPN has developed similar projects in Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, and Florida.