Solar States was founded in 2008 by Micah Gold-Markel. After running a successful software business for 13 years Micah was looking for a new challenge. After attending a speech by Green For All advocate Van Jones a light went on in Micah’s head. Connect sustainable energy, education, and economic development using solar energy as the basis to tie it all together. Soon after its founding Solar States installed one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the city of Philadelphia at that time.

What Sets Us Apart

Solar States is taking the opportunity to affect positive environmental & economic change by making a commitment to solar energy project implementation and education. In addition to developing solar projects on schools, homes, and commercial buildings, Solar States is working on connecting Philadelphia students with the green-collar economy through training and jobs. As owners of a Philadelphia based business, we’re committed to investing in the region’s future and local economy.

Solar States is built upon two key business principles:

I. Social Entrepreneurship
A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures performance by return on investment, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of the beneficial impact s/he has on society. While social entrepreneurs often work through non profits and citizen groups, many work in the private and governmental sectors.**

II. Triple Bottom Line
The triple bottom line (or “TBL”, “3BL”, or “People, Planet, Profit”) expresses the goal of expanding the spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, environmental and social. This is sometimes referred to as people, planet, profit.