Solar For everyone

WeSolar Mission

WeSolar’s mission is to bring under-resourced communities affordable access to local community solar and to assist commercial properties with energy efficiency. WeSolar launched in Baltimore and will expand to other cities in the future. Through WeSolar, electricity consumers can purchase shared solar from a local project without having to install any equipment in their homes. In turn, residents save hundreds on their electricity bills. In Maryland, lawmakers passed legislation that states 50 percent of its electricity must come from renewable energy sources by 2030. The CEO, Kristal Hansley, and her team are disrupters who advocate that communities of color and low-income communities be included in this shift and have a healthy environment in the future.

Our Story

WeSolar was founded on Juneteenth in 2020 by Kristal Hansley. Since her childhood growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Kristal has been passionate about serving the community and standing up for the rights of others. 

In addition to serving as Program Manager for the Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative, she was Majority Leader Reid’s liaison then continued her work empowering constituents with legislative support in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton. 

During this time, the State of Maryland and others passed laws designed to increase the use of solar power while deregulating the market to give consumers more choices to meet their energy needs. Seeing the role that solar could play in reducing the cost of electricity for households, Kristal decided to get involved in the new but quickly growing business of sourcing energy from community solar providers as an alternative to the big utilities. 

Mentored by the leadership of Neighborhood Sun and with the support of solar energy providers, WeSolar was born! 

For an explanation of how community solar works, click here.

 

Our Team

Kristal Hansley

Kristal Hansley

Founder and Chief Executive Officier

Kristal Hansley is the Founder & CEO of WeSolar, Inc and is the nation’s first Black Woman CEO in the community solar industry. Under her leadership, WeSolar is growing quickly, providing consumers across Maryland access to affordable solar energy, regardless of home type and helping hard-working families reduce monthly expenses.

Board of Directors

Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell

Co-Founder and CEO of Humanity Health

Tamara O'Laughlin

Tamara O'Laughlin

President and CEO of Environmental Grantmakers Association

Ed Rossier

Ed Rossier

Managing Director and Head of Renewable Energy at Enhanced Capital

 

Community Advisors

Reverend Dr. Derrick Dewitt

Reverend Dr. Derrick Dewitt

Director and CFO of Maryland Baptist Aged Home

Monica Cooper

Monica Cooper

Co-Founder of Maryland Justice Project

 

 

Deb Tillet

Deb Tillet

President and Executive Director of Emerging Technology Centers

Crystal Parker

Crystal Parker

Community Organizer at WeSolar Inc