Our Team

May 6, 2016

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 MANAGEMENT TEAM

JD Elkurd

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Executive Director

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As Director for Solar Solution, JD directs and oversees operational activities. This includes business development strategies, overseeing policies, objectives, and initiatives for operations and sales. Responsible for evaluating current and proposed systems and procedures, and also determining and implementing changes as necessary.

Prior to joining Solar Solution, JD worked in Business Development at POLITICO, where he was responsible for the launching of POLITICO’s real-time policy news and products for government agencies and Hill offices in Washington DC. Before POLITICO, JD’s previous work was focused in Sales, Business Development, and IT.

JD is originally from Dallas, but he also has worked and studied for several years in the Jordan, making him fluent in Arabic and also an expert on the region. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science specializing in International studies and minoring in Arabic. While he has enjoyed growing up in the Lone Star State, he relocated to D.C. in the summer of 2012 to begin his Master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied Global Security Studies with a focus on Energy and Environmental Security. Witnessing Jordan’s energy and water crisis at an early age drove his passion to identify solutions through renewable energy for the average household, cities, and even nations around the world. His work doing that started right here in Washington DC with Solar Solution by allowing him to work directly with the local residents and government simultaneously to produce real and  measurable results.

Max Rivera

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Construction Manager

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Max Rivera is currently the construction manager for Solar Solution. He is a Certified Carpenter and has been working in the construction field since 2009. Max joined Solar Solution’s team in 2012 as Lead Installer and using his expertise to design special fitted systems on DC homes. Our special design installing on flat rooftop row-houses in DC with minimal penetrations and no weight applied into the roof was Max’s artistic creation and is now being used by other installers in the region. Max’s superior technical skills, leadership skills, and excellent customer service has led Max to the top of his construction team where he now manages all construction and electrical crews, in addition to material acquisitions. Max is a native of Maryland where he lives with his wife and two beautiful children.

Alexa Riland

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Office Manager

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Alexa Riland is an Office Manager for Solar Solution LLC. Alexa works with the utility company to interconnect each customer to the grid. She also works with organizing, and distributing Solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to home owners and businesses providing them with the benefits of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Currently, Alexa is aiding in the expansion of Solar Solution to new states while working with the current customers to obtain testimonials for the system installed.

 SALES TEAM

Robert Valette

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Project Manager

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Robert Valette joined Solar Solution in 2010. As a project manager, Robert oversees multiple projects, residential and commercial for the DC, Maryland and Virginia region. With over 900 solar systems completed, Mr. Valette has extensive experience in solar system design, incorporating a broad range of products to customize each project to best fit the customer’s goals. Mr. Valette has also been the lead manager for solar bulk purchase programs.Prior to joining Solar Solution, Mr. Valette was director of a community based solar advocacy and development group – Solar On. Solar On helped educate Washington DC residents on all aspects of going solar, and managed PV system installs from start to finish. Previously he also consulted with such organizations as The League of Conservation Voters and World Wildlife Fund.Robert was one of the first DC residents to install solar at his home, a 100 year old house that he has been steadily renovating. He is also a huge Arsenal supporter, and traveled to England to watch the Gunners play.

Antonio Johnson

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Commercial Project Manager

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Antonio Johnson started with Solar Solution in spring of 2015. Since joining our team he has done it all, starting as a System’s Designer, moving up to Sales Coordinator, to Senior Sales Consultant. In his current role, he serves as Solar Solution’s Commercial Project Manager, handling all aspects on the front end with business-to-business agreements for solar projects. He has a B.S. from the University of Memphis and studied software engineering at Fairfield University. Antonio holds certifications from SunPower University in Commercial Advantage Selling in addition to Advanced Residential Sales. He prides himself in being involved with expanding the District’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and is dedicated to helping make solar the most affordable form of renewable energy in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.

Since college, Antonio has lived and worked along the east coast from South Florida to Connecticut. He enjoys foreign travel and spending time with his son.

Kathleen dePorter

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Solar Energy Sales Consultant

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Kathleen dePorter is a Solar Energy Sales Consultant and head of DC’s government low-income Solar Advantage Program at Solar Solution LLC. Starting off as a canvasser at Solar Solution in 2014, Kathleen has made her way up the chain from a part-time canvasser to becoming a fulltime employee as a sales coordinator, to her current position as a senior sales consultant. She is the first point of contact for homeowners and business owners looking to qualify for government rebate programs. Before joining the Solar Solution team, Kathleen was a student at the University of Delaware studying Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a concentration in Environmental Policy, Politics, and Law. In Kathleen’s free time, she enjoys DC’s underground comedy scene and doing improv.

Ernesto Figueroa

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Solar Energy Sales Consultant

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As a native Washingtonian, Ernesto has cultivated great relationships with local and small business owners and residents of the DMV. He has achieved this through providing top notch customer service with over 13 years of sales experience. He lives in Maryland with his beautiful wife and three young children. Ernesto’s passion for solar is fueled by his desire to leave behind a cleaner world for his children.

Melissa DeSommaanonymous-person

Solar Energy Sales Consultant

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Melissa DeSomma is a native to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Her current position as a Solar Energy Sales Consultant allows her to introduce, into her local communities, the amazing benefits solar can provide! With an Academic background in Environmental Management and Sustainability through the University of Maryland School System, she is able to guide Clientele into transforming our Energy future into a clean and robust one. With over 10 Years of sales and management experience, Melissa is able to utilize her skills to facilitate each project with precision and her passion for environmental stewardship provides the purpose. Outside of her solar work, Melissa enjoys creative artistic projects, drawing, and getting outside to hike or go cycling.

Anwar Hatcherpic-of-mark

Solar Energy Sales Consultant

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Bio coming soon…

Rob Taylorpic-of-mark

Solar Energy Sales Consultant

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Bio coming soon…

 SUPPORT TEAM

James Sheatsjames

Sales Coordinator – Junior Consultant

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James Sheats has been a Sales Associate with Solar Solution since early 2015 and works closely with residents and business owners to provide them with site-specific solar energy proposals. Studying in the Mediterranean nation of Malta earned him Master’s degrees in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management and Integrated Science and Technology from the University of Malta and James Madison University, respectively. His graduate research focused on the quality of storm water runoff from green roof substrates. James also received his Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Science and Technology where he was introduced to renewable energy concepts and completed grant-funded research on the feasibility of implementing a nutrient trading program in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition to his passion for sustainability, James acts as the office IT professional.

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Sales and Marketing Coordinator

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Jasmin Brown is a Native Washingtonian and has been a Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Solar Solution since June 2016. Jasmin has an extensive background in sales and client services with her experience as a part time Realtor in Washington, DC. Jasmin also has a passion for the Arts, as she is a Fashion Designer and Artist. She received her Bachelors’ Degree from Sarah Lawrence College, the following year she received her Associate Degree in Applied Science in Fashion Design from Parsons the New School for Design. In her free time she enjoys traveling, staying active, and building her fashion brand j.CARMEN.

Jeff Cheng

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Chief Engineer

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Bio coming soon…

Our Solar Canvassers

Canvassers

Our solar canvassers are the first point of contact to educate homeowners and business owners the benefits to go solar. Our solar canvassers include (from right to left) Sean Richardson, Eyuel, and Isaac Axtmann. All three canvassers are full-time students working for Solar Solution for the summer. Sean is studying Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Eyuel Chemical Engineering, both at the University of Maryland, College Park. Isaac is studying computer engineering at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. All three are bright individuals and passionate about solar energy and making a personal impact by shaping the future of our planet with clean energy.