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Why Advanced Solar?

We believe principles and people matter most.

We are dedicated to service

Unlike many segmented solar companies, we engineer, procure, and build all our systems and we have in-house sales and roofing teams. That’s how we ensure top quality for every customer we serve.

We believe everyone should benefit from solar

Local incentives allow us to help low income families and individuals benefit from solar. We work with businesses, churches, government facilities and schools too. Solar is for everyone.

We put people first

The environment is important to us, but our main goal is to make people’s lives better. We take care of our employees and empower them deliver the best possible deals and service to our customers.

Our Team – Committed To Excellence

Over 100 team members cooperate to serve our customers.

Here are a few of our MVPs. Slide to browse.

Nicholas Hayes

President

“I have a kid. I love measuring my impact on his future in Megawatts of solar power installed.”

Nick has developed over 16 Megawatts of solar projects since entering the solar industry in 2015.  Since 2020 Nick has led Advanced to complete more than 1300 solar installations. Nick has worked to provide free solar power to over 900 homes and is continuously working to propel Advanced to be the leader in free solar programs for DC residents and businesses.

Brendan Welsh

Director of Operations

“Managing 100 installations or more a month is challenging, but I love my work and it feels good to know that it really matters.”

Brendan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014 with a degree in Sustainable Technology.  Brendan received NABCEP certification in 2017. As Director of Operations for Advanced Solar, Brendan manages installation and warehouse staff, facilitates design, permitting, utility approval, SREC registration, and the construction of residential and commercial solar projects.

Alex Gregory

Director of EPC

With over a decade of solar experience, Alex Gregory is a distinguished Commercial PV Project Management professional, serving as Advanced Solar’s Director of EPC. Focusing on C&I, Ground Mount, and Canopy solar construction, Alex has been the lead Project Manager for projects ranging from 2kW to 200MW. A NABCEP-certified energy practitioner, he has a keen eye for detail, safety and ensures precise construction and on-time delivery. As a strategic financial manager, Alex adeptly maintains EPC budgets and collaborates closely with finance teams to optimize resource allocation.

Leah Hall

Office Manager, Community Liason, Event Planner

I love people and people give me strength!

As you can see, I wear many hats over here at Advanced Solar.

I show up with my strongest game face on every day to assist with communication and strengthening the culture within our company all while assessing and solving complex issues.

And occasionally throwing a huge party or two!

Tyler Baldwin

Director of Construction

Tyler is a licensed journeyman electrician with 10+ years of residential and commercial solar experience. Tyler has constructed and/or managed the construction of 900+ solar installs. Tyler helps review plan sets and manage Advanced Solar’s construction teams. 

Tracey Williams

Head of Verification & Customer Experience

Tracey Williams has overseen the growth of Advanced Solar’s customer experience department from a one-woman show to a symphony of support. 

Emily Rose Deering

Associate Solar Financial Controller

The happiest version of me is in the sunshine. What better career than one with the sun!

Emily graduated from Ohio University with a dual degree in Accounting and Business Law. She has six years of experience including Ernst & Young in the Government Public Sector (GPS) as well as with Northrop Grumman in International Financial Reporting. Emily is the Associate Controller for Advanced Solar and handles day-to-day financial matters within the company.

Andrew Lee

Construction Processor 

“I’ve been in the electrical trade for many years, and I love how it has given me the chance to grow personally and professionally. I continue to learn and broaden my horizons with this ever-expanding company. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our customers.”

Andrew likes to help others rise up. As Associate Director of Education for IEC Chesapeake, he ran the apprenticeship program for DC, MD, VA, and southern PA.

Scott Johnson

General Manager, Master Electrician

Scott has been in the construction industry since  1999, and has been a licensed master electrician since 2006.  Scott is a licensed master electrician in DC, MD and VA.  Scott also holds NABCEP PV installation professional certification.

Trevor Gunter

Director of System Monitoring

Trevor oversees Survey, Service, Fleet Performance and other operations. In the last 10+ years he spent in the Solar Industry running survey and service departments and running install crews. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking and almost any activity in the great outdoors.

Jaime Canales

Fleet Supervisor & Technical Expert

Jaime Canales supervises the survey, monitoring, and maintenance fleet, making sure customers get the attention they need fast. He also manages the survey and service technicians. Jaime is an expert in technical assessment, and reviews all our survey information to make sure projects work as planned.

Jesse Wilensky

Director of Sales

With over two decades in sales and sales management, Jesse brings a vast array of skillsets to Advanced Solar. he has designed over 1,000 solar projects using Aurora and Helioscope and has helped oversee the sales and installation of more than 600 projects for low-income families in the District.  His previous licensure and awards include: Series 7, Series 66 licensed broker dealer.

Dr Blake Hobby

Director of People and Performance

I love working for Advanced Solar because I care for people and believe in the power of the sun.

A musician, editor, teacher, and writer, Dr. Hobby focuses on developing talent and empowering people. The author of many books and articles, Dr. Hobby has worked in marketing, technology, instructional design, management, and executive leadership.

Gigi Teka

Verification, Customer Experience, and Marketing

One of the most recent additions to the Advanced Solar team, Gigi is detailed oriented and cheerful, always ready to help a customer sort out their documentation, and she is also documenting customer success to help market our excellent solar deal programs.

Berehan Teka

Verification, Customer Experience, Expediter

Teka has taken on a lot of responsibility since joining Advance Solar on the document verification team. Sometimes coverage issues or documentation can get complex. That’s when Teka steps in and helps our sales representatives keep your solar deal moving.

The Best Reason to Choose Advanced Solar?

Our Happy Customers !

One of the best contractors I have ever dealt with - Keith

One of the best contractors that I have ever dealt with. Answered all my questions patiently. Was very accommodating to my schedule. A top notch professional that I would recommend to anyone.

-Keith Krasnansky

On track to cover 100% of electric - Christopher

Solar panels are live and kicked out 36kWh on a winter day yesterday. I am guessing production will be even higher in the summer. On track to cover 100% of electric. Looking forward to nearly nonexistent electric bills and a green-conscious in the near future! Thanks Advanced Solar and MD SUN!

-Christopher Beasly

Selected them because of their reputation - William

These guys are great! Very professional and responsive. I selected them over 4 others because of their reputation, and they did not disappoint!

-William Krabill

The savings in electrical costs are substantial - Janet

We were very pleased with the advice we got from Advanced Solar and its efficiency and professionalism in the installation. The panels have worked perfectly and the savings in electrical costs are substantial.

-Janet Dinsmore

More Reviews

Over 300 great reviews on Google – all four and five stars

  • Thanks so much for installing the Solar Panels. Everyone was professional and timely.

    Anita Hemsley Avatar Anita Hemsley
    January 14, 2024
  • im 71 so old school but after talking to Debra and learning about solar from her i decided to just do it , DEBRA was so patient with me, understanding and helpful, thank you so much Debra for bringing me into the future.....

    venice adams Avatar venice adams
    January 24, 2024
  • Amazing customer service with stellar level of technical support and expertise. Ryan and Jesse were the always welling to set up zoom call to go through the details of my design.

    Merrick Hylton Avatar Merrick Hylton
    January 14, 2024
  • Great Service. Professional communication. Very pleased working with Advanced Solar.

    Ché Lyons Avatar Ché Lyons
    January 31, 2024
  • Total overall experience Fantastic Justin Hall was Great!! Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company

    Raymond Wade Avatar Raymond Wade
    December 14, 2023
  • I would highly recommend using Advanced Solar. Travis knew his solar and the guys who installed were friendly and answered all my questions. The only knock, was I felt they could have installed at least two more solar panels on the roof, and for "reasons", they did not install those. But all in all excellent company.

    john fav Avatar john fav
    December 14, 2023
  • Recently installed solar panels on my home. The whole process took about two months. Everyone was great. Answered all my questions and eased my concerns. I would highly recommend them.

    Frances Anderson Avatar Frances Anderson
    January 14, 2024
  • We live in Northeast DC, and have had a very seamless and pleasant experience with free solar panel installation with Advanced Solar. All staff have been extremely professional, responsive, and knowledgeable. The installation was quick, and they kept us updated on every step including some delays in getting permissions from DC. Again, we did not pay for anything. Furthermore, atleast in the winter months, our bills have been minimal after receiving credits from Pepco. All together, a great experience, and highly recommend to others.

    Iman Sen Avatar Iman Sen
    January 31, 2024
  • Great experience and easy install!

    Elena Babkova Avatar Elena Babkova
    January 14, 2024
  • Wonderful experience with advanced solar! can see a huge savings on my electric bill! I will be sending my friends and famil their way!

    KEITH HECKATHORN Avatar KEITH HECKATHORN
    December 14, 2023

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