We help you save the planet, spend less & generate your own power with custom build solar panel solutions for your home or business

Ipsun Solar is inspired by a Latin word meaning “your own.” Why are we called Ipsun? We install solar panels allowing anyone to generate their own power.

The energy status quo goes like this: Customer gives money to the electric utility each month for power that is mostly from fossil fuels. Coal and gas power have consequences that are harmful to our communities and the environment.

Ipsun Solar offers the ability to make a quick, easy change: By producing your own power from solar, you will lock in low electricity costs from a cleaner source of energy, and you will add value to your home or business.

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Our Services and Territory

Ipsun Solar is a full EPC company. That’s engineering, procurement and construction of solar. We perform residential, commercial and utility-scale solar panel installations focusing on the Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland area.

Getting work done to your property can be daunting. That’s why we pride ourselves on knowing the unique complexities of the solar industry and on designing custom-made solar PV systems for each client.

One of our co-founders is an electro-mechanical engineer. He designed one of the world’s first solar cars along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) over a decade ago. Rather than a one-size-fits-all solution, we use a flexible approach. No one should settle for less than custom solar.

OUR VALUES

We are a mission-driven company. What gets us out of bed every day is providing solutions to climate change, creating energy resiliency, and making lasting, meaningful impacts on our communities. Our company is growing fast, and we are a B Corporation! We are consistently reviewed well and rated highly for our integrity, honesty, and above all, a love for what we do.

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OUR MISSION

Fighting climate change by installing as many solar panels as we can for our customers.

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Our Team

Hervé Billiet

HERVE BILLIET

Co-founder and CEO

Herve is a renewable energy veteran and a Master Electrician. He designed the first Belgian solar car when he was 21 years old. Soon after, he was invited by MIT in Boston to advance its sustainable transportation initiatives. Herve then designed and installed his first residential solar system in 2009. After working for a few consulting firms, Accenture among them, the U.S. Department of Energy hired him as a Strategy Consultant on the largest renewable energy projects in the world. He would later join forces with his business partner, Joe Marhamati, to establish Ipsun Solar. Herve grew Ipsun Solar from a small local installer to a major installer in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland doing both residential and commercial solar and advocacy for solar. Herve loves building the team of passionate solar enthusiasts.

Joe Marhamati

JOE MARHAMATI
Co-founder

Joe has extensive experience in renewable energy project finance and energy efficiency policy development at the highest levels of government. At the White House, he served as an energy adviser to the President’s Chief Sustainability Officer. There he led both the Obama Administration’s Capital Solar Challenge and the President’s Performance Contracting Challenge. He also helped pioneer the deployment of clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, and geothermal through several billion dollars in financing.

Chris Sewell

CHRIS SEWELL

Chief Operating Officer

Chris has worked in renewable energy and carbon markets since 2008. He is an experienced program manager and entrepreneur successfully building teams, growing budgets, and accomplishing results. At the IDB he managed a multi-million dollar sustainable energy program that resulted in the bank carving out a US $5 billion finance commitment to renewables in Latin America. He co-founded and ran a small consulting firm supporting small project developers in preparing financial models and investor presentations. He joins Ipsun Solar to help get as much solar installed as possible and is passionate about the power sector’s role in creating a decentralized, affordable, renewable energy future for everyone.

Everett Thomas

EVERETT THOMAS
Senior Residential Project Manager

Everett has worked in the renewable energy industry for the last 7 years with some of the top industry leaders.  As a graduate from Appalachian State in Appropriate Technologies & Sustainable Development, he has used his education and experience to deliver calculated systems and practices that help efficiently transition homeowners to sustainable energy sources and storage.  He is proud to work on the front lines in the renewable energy sector.

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JULIEN MEYFROIDT 
Designer

Julien has been a member of our operations team since 2018 and prepares solar PV system designs for residential and commercial projects. Accomplished in software engineering and an expert with technical solar electric system characteristics, he works extensively in AutoCAD and solar industry-specific applications like Aurora.

Patrick Cavanaugh Sales Director

PATRICK CAVANAUGH
Director of Sales

He’s a solar sales expert with more than 5 years in the solar industry in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Working with homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and government, he has helped hundreds of clients lower operating expenses and their carbon footprints. As a solar energy professional, he brings knowledge, experience, and strong values to every renewable energy project he undertakes. He is motivated by a desire to help grow the solar industry and to be a leading member of the renewable energy movement within the community he serves.

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JARAD ASSELIN
Solar Energy Consultant

Jarad joined Ipsun in March of 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive & Brain Sciences from Tufts University and industry experience working as a research assistant at the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) where he conducted utility research on solar, energy storage, and demand response. Jarad is passionate about fighting climate change and helping DMV residents go solar.

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ELIZABETH CAMPBELL
Solar Consultant

Elizabeth has a degree in public health and economics from George Washington University. Previous experience includes working at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network where she promoted legislation to double renewable energy in the state of Maryland, which recently passed the MD House and Senate. Elizabeth is interested in expanding the market for affordable, clean energy and creating jobs in the process.

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JOHN MEIN

Solar Energy Consultant

John joined Ipsun Solar in March of 2020. His educational background includes a Master’s of Natural Resources Management from the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability at Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s in Sustainable Studies from Colorado Mountain College. John entered the Solar Industry in 2018 by completing a summer residency program at Solar Energy International and managing a solar installation company on the Western Slope of Colorado. He is passionate about family, food, and freedom, especially the type of freedom offered by solar energy. John previously worked for a ski area specializing in helicopter lifts to the top of the hill. He feels guilty about all the carbon emissions from his frivolous days in the mountains and seeks atonement by providing solar energy to all. Contact him at [email protected] to help him clear his guilty conscience.

Jane Nester

JANE NESTER

Solar Support Specialist

Jane has her bachelor’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Her coursework combined with a lifelong love of the outdoors has both fostered an interest in renewable energy and launched her career in solar with Ipsun. She is passionate about helping people unlock the potential of our sun while benefiting our environment.

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DANIEL BOOK 
Operations and Maintenance Specialist

Since graduating from West Virginia University in 2015, Daniel has focused his professional career on transitioning the world to sustainable energy. He’s promoted electric vehicle adoption at Tesla, provided sustainably sourced meals at Founding Farmers, and is now with Ipsun helping power the area homes, businesses and organizations with sunshine! In his free time, Daniel likes camping, hiking, rock climbing, and anything else he can do out in nature. He’s always trying to protect the outdoors he appreciates, and appreciates all that others do to protect it too.

Maris Burns Ipsun Inside Sales

MARIS BURNS
Inside Sales Associate

Maris joined Ipsun Solar in November of 2019. She is a graduate of George Washington University, where she studied Political Science. She has a particular interest in environmental policy and specializes in client relations and sales. She has previously worked as a constituent correspondence intern for former US Senator Bill Nelson and has years of experience in the service industry. She loves helping homeowners take the leap to go solar!

Heather Albarano

HEATHER ALBARANO

Human Resources Specialist

Heather Albarano has devoted her entire career to optimizing HR operations, energizing cross-functional teams, and achieving new levels of organizational success. In leading major HR initiatives for diverse organizations, she has consistently boosted staff performance, improved employee satisfaction, and developed top-performing leadership teams. Heather has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources, including establishing best business practices while building out the HR function.  She has a passion for sustainability and recently supported the Solar and Microgrid divisions at a Fortune 500 company.

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CARL BROWN
Field Operations Supervisor

Carl has been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical and rescue technician since 2003. Since entering the field of solar energy services in 2015, he’s developed specializations in integrating inverters into residential solar retrofits and running electrical conduit. He’s passionate about safety and confident in a rooftop setting.

AL LARSEN
Senior Advisor for Governmental and Legal Affairs
Al has been a lawyer in private practice, focusing on energy and environmental matters, In Portland OR and Washington DC. His practice included legislative and administrative proceedings, as well as litigation, and project development, primarily wind and hydroelectric. He left private practice to join a West Coast wind energy company, where he was Sr. VP for governmental affairs and business development, and the deputy General Counsel.  Most recently he was General Counsel and head of Congressional and public affairs for the Inspector General at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Hannah Wiegard

HANNAH WIEGARD
Marketing Associate

Hannah works on marketing projects and pitches in with content writing for Ipsun Solar. She loves helping prospective solar clients connect to us. Hannah now has three years of solar marketing experience, the first two for a company based in the Carolinas. Hannah focuses on highlighting accessible, engaging solar success stories from real customers to help our solar movement grow. Hannah began her career promoting clean energy in 2010 as an organizer for the Alliance for Climate Protection and has also served in full-time campaign roles in Virginia with non profit organizations working to increase utility investment in energy efficiency, wind, and solar.

Bobby Monacella

BOBBY MONACELLA
Marketing Manager

Bobby works on communications and marketing, helping to spread the message that going solar with Ipsun is a great way to join the renewable energy revolution. She comes to us with many years of PR and marketing experience from both the outdoor industry and the Virginia environmental and climate community. Bobby is on the national leadership team of Mothers Out Front and is co-leader of her local MOF group in Fairfax, VA. MOF is a non-profit group which focuses on providing present and future generations with a livable climate. Bobby loves that her job and her volunteer work go hand-in-hand, and feels strongly about advocating for solar freedom as a critical factor in solving the climate crisis.

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PICKLE

Chief Security Officer

Pickle hails from North Carolina and has been part of the Ipsun family since 2017. His duties include guarding the office, begging for treats and morning zoomies.

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