Solunesco develops renewable energy projects, leveraging local knowledge and local boots on the ground. We coordinate a diverse group of stakeholders, including:
connecting rural landowners with new revenue opportunities through sustainable, cost competitive energy generation, and
working with the community to ensure responsible development.
SolUnesco was founded in 2015 by Francis Hodsoll and Jon Hillis based on four plus decades of utility plant management, energy project development, construction experience, and corporate leadership. Prior to forming SolUnesco, they had already delivered over 1GW of power generation projects. They 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.
At SolUnesco, we conduct ourselves based on the following values:
Trust: Our business relies on our reputation, built on fairness and transparency.
Passion: We believe our projects contribute to a more sustainable future and are determined to achieve their success.
Creativity: Every project is unique and will require a different path to success.
Community: We are the guests of any community we build in. We respect local interests and character.
Expertise: We offer knowledge and experience in highly complex and heavily regulated markets
Sharing Our Success
When SolUnesco proposes a solar project in a new community, we try to find ways to embrace the community, including offering our assistance to local organizations. To accomplish this goal, we have formed the SolUnesco Charitable Giving Program, through which we give back to the communities in which we operate.
We seek opportunities to share our success in communities where we do business and with organizations一either local bodies or branches of larger organizations一that are servicing local constituents through their programs. We welcome partnerships with those organizations that demonstrate a philosophy that is consistent with SolUnesco’s core values of trust, passion, creativity, community, and expertise.
Read more about our charitable giving projects below.
Boys & Girls Club/Emporia Unit of Greensville County, VA: SolUnesco is pleased to support the Boys & Girls Club through the funding of local programs throughout the life of the Meherrin Solar Project.
Locust Grove Middle School in Locust Grove, VA: In support of Locust Grove Middle School’s STEM Camp, SolUnesco has offered a gift of a Solar4STEM 200 Solar Electric Energy Trainer kit, in addition to funding towards books related to sustainable energy, notebooks, and other materials.
Seneca Ridge Middle School: SolUnesco partners with Seneca Ridge Middle School and other businesses and members of the Northern Virginia community. We give to Seneca Ridge not only with monetary donations, but also in a variety of ways, including donating time, equipment, specialized training, and service.