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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.

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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 & Commercial Projects

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!

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.

Shane McKelvy

Master Electrician

“I enjoy finding solar solutions and it’s gratifying to know that what we do is making an impact in our community and providing career opportunities to aspiring young electricians.”

Shane has installed more than 20 Megawatts and has over a decade of experience in the solar industry. He has deep technical knowledge of all aspects of solar energy systems, having led a wide range of projects from rooftops & carports to some of the largest utility installations in the nation’s capital. Shane is dedicated to ensuring that every project meets the highest standards of safety, efficiency, and quality.

Jerry Eller

Head of Design

Master Electrician

Jerry started in the electrical trade in 2012 as an apprentice. He graduated from the apprenticeship in 2017 with a 98.3% GPA and perfect attendance throughout the coursework. His residential, commercial, and telecom experience with critical systems/backup power; inverters, and uninterrupted power systems for facilities where “always on” is a must provides a strong basis for understanding the complexities of residential and commercial solar.

Tyler Baldwin

Director of Construction

Journeyman Electrician

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. 

Brian Tolodziecki

Installation Manager

Journeyman Electrician

Brian has a decade of experience in solar installation. He is a licensed journeyman electrician and an Enphase-certified PV installer. He applies his extensive electrical and PV installation knowledge to supervise and educate in the field to ensure proper safety and installation procedures. Brian works closely with his team to create a safe and friendly work environment for all installers and provide a smooth and seamless installation experience for our customers.

Andrew Lee

Construction Processor

Journeyman Electrician

“I’ve been in the electrical trade for many years and I love how it has given me the chance to grown 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.

Joren Bender

Assistant Director of Monitoring

Journeyman Electrician

Joren applies his skills as a Journey Electrician to ensuring all Advanced Solar customer’s systems are producing optimally. He also works to ad new features to Advanced Solar’s customized project management and customer success software to continously improve customer experience. 

A-Allah Jowers

Solar Technician

Journeyman Electrician

Journeyman A-Allah Jowers applies his skills and knowledge as a journeyman electrician to make ensure every connection is safe and ready to deliver optimal power from the first day the system is turned on and for the next 20 years.

Steve Neff

Installation Technician

Journeyman Electrician

Journeyman Steve Neff applies his skills and knowledge as a journeyman electrician to make ensure every connection is safe and ready to deliver optimal power from the first day the system is turned on and for the next 20 years.

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.

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

  • The experience with Advanced Solar was a breeze. Marcus came by and walked me through the process and financial arrangements. We scheduled the installation, which took about half a day. Advanced Solar took care of the paperwork with Pepco and followed up when they dropped the ball. There were some minor issues with the installation, which were resolved immediately. All in all the experience was more than one can reasonably expect.

    Lars Johannes Avatar Lars Johannes
    February 13, 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
  • The staff was great and explained the process in detail and answered all of our questions before and after the solars were installed.

    Andrea Cherry Avatar Andrea Cherry
    January 14, 2024
  • From start to finish and top to bottom, dealing with this company has been an absolute pleasure. Everyone was extremely easy, professional and responsive. Our sales rep, Rob, was top notch and knew every step of the process. My only regret is that we did not utilize Advanced Solar sooner!!!!

    Nady Samnang Avatar Nady Samnang
    January 24, 2024
  • Very smooth process and the Advance Solar team kept open lines of communication every step of the way.

    Shonda Hurt Avatar Shonda Hurt
    January 14, 2024
  • We had a great experience with Advanced Solar. They were eager to get the job done right and to hear from us on some of the finer points - where to run the conduit, etc. Even after the one-day install, the crew came back to make a couple of adjustments because they wanted to make sure the job was done perfectly. Professional, kind, responsive - I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Bill Riedel Avatar Bill Riedel
    November 14, 2023
  • Advance Solar staff was Professional, efficient , and reliable, highly recommended

    Toni Boyd Avatar Toni Boyd
    January 14, 2024
  • good job on my solar panel thank you all for a job .

    janette harley Harley Avatar janette harley Harley
    January 14, 2024
  • Total overall experience Fantastic Justin Hall was Great!! Would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this company

    Raymond Wade Avatar Raymond Wade
    December 14, 2023
  • 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

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