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Anya Schoolman

Executive Director of Community Power Network
Anya Schoolman is the Executive Director of Community Power Network, a national nonprofit that helps communities build and promote local renewable energy projects and policies. Ms. Schoolman founded the Mt. Pleasant Solar Co-op in 2007 with her son Walter. As president she led a city-wide effort in Washington, D.C. to make solar accessible and affordable to all residents. She has assisted more than 300 homeowners in Washington, D.C. go solar and has helped foster the creation of 11 sister co-ops that joined together to form a city-wide organization called DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN). Ms. Schoolman is also the founder of the Community Power Network, where she manages programs to promote solar and local economic development. Community Power Network is currently supporting state projects called Maryland Sun (MD-SUN), West Virginia Sun (WV-SUN) and Virginia Sun (VA-SUN), as well as policies and project models for bringing solar to low-income households. In 2009, Ms. Schoolman was honored as the MD, DC, and VA Solar Energy Industries Association Solar Champion.