Jon Hillis and Francis Hodsoll founded SolUnesco based on four plus decades of utility plant management, energy project development, construction experience, and corporate leadership. We have delivered over 1GW of power generation projects. We have also led solar policy and legislative efforts in the mid-Atlantic for the last five years. SolUnesco develops clean energy projects utilizing our market and full value chain expertise, energy regulatory experience, project development skills and general management experience.
Jon, co-founder of SolUnesco leads operations, finance and human capital development. He has sold and managed over $250 million in commercial construction contracts in the Washington, DC metropolitan area during a 28 year career. Mr. Hillis is also on the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors, VAEIC Executive Board, Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority, and is the only registered NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) RISE Certified Solar Roofing Professional in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to SolUnesco Jon led Prospect Solar, the professional’s choice for design/build solar photovoltaic energy system installation.
Francis, co-founder of SolUnesco leads business development, sales, and strategy. He is a highly networked energy executive (public and private) with 20 years experience in the traditional and alternative energy markets. Francis combines business development and general management expertise with strong strategy, finance, policy and performance management capabilities. Francis has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors including CFO for a power plant owner and operator; Deputy Director of the Federal regulator for offshore energy; and VP in charge of a distributed energy project development group. Francis is Board Treasurer of the MD-DC-VA Solar Energy Industry Association, Board President of the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association, Chair of the Energy Workgroup for Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission, Committee member of Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Committee and a founder of the Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Association. He earned his MBA from the MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his BA in Economics from Colby College.
Seth joined SolUnesco in 2016. In his role, he engages with landowners during site procurement and works with government and utilities during the project development process. Prior to working in solar energy, Seth spent several years in the Canadian oil and gas industry. He holds a BS in Geology from Western Washington University and an MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.