About Solar CrowdSource
Solar CrowdSource’s mission is to harness the power of the crowd to reduce the cost of solar and make clean, sustainable energy available to every community in Georgia. We offer three unique programs—Solarize Georgia, Community Solar and Solar Marketplace—that are easily accessible via an intuitive web-based campaign tool, and help remove previous barriers to obtaining and investing in solar energy. Another bonus: we’re saving the planet, one solar program at a time.
Get to know more about Solar CrowdSource—meet the team below!
With 15 years of legal experience in residential and commercial real estate, Don began working in the solar industry in 2011 developing distributed generation and utility scale solar PV projects. Don has developed several MWs of solar for TVA and Georgia Power solar programs as well as commercial and residential applications providing turn-key development services including site selection; financial modeling; program and incentive compliance; permitting; and contract drafting and negotiation. Don is founder of Solar CrowdSource, a platform to facilitate Solarize, Community Solar, and peer-to-peer crowdfunding programs and rapidly accelerate the growth and reduce soft costs of solar in Georgia. Don is a proud to serve as Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Megan K. Johnson
Megan has practiced in the Atlanta area for over seven years in the area of general business, corporate and technology law. Most recently, she has worked to develop compliance strategies for technology companies seeking to innovate the sale of online securities in the wake of regulatory changes at the federal and state level. In that capacity, she helped pioneer the first successful online investment transaction open to non-accredited investors outside the public markets.
Jeffrey A. Bekiares
Jeff is a Georgia attorney with over seven years of experience in securities and corporate law. He was one of the first attorneys in the nation to discover the power of intrastate crowdfunding and the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE), and has worked closely with regulators and experts in the state and national crowdfunding community to design IGE campaigns that are compliant and safe for the issuers and the investors.
Bringing over five years of solar experience to the table, Sharon has been involved with the marketing, manufacture
and installation of 50+ MW of solar projects throughout the Southeast, U.S. and Caribbean. Serving as a direct liaison between clients and the manufacturer, she has helped to facilitate making simple and affordable solar a reality. As president of Phase 3 Development, Sharon is a natural fit to partner with Solar CrowdSource—her knowledge of solar as well as her experience engaging people helps provide options to communities, residents and local businesses. Sharon has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Solar Energy Association for three years, and currently serves as chair of the organization. She is also a charter member of the Professional Women in Building chapter of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association.
Project Design & Engineering
Richard is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified PV installer. He is one of only a handful of such certificate holders in Georgia. Richard has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and previously was a lead engineer at the data equipment division of Lucent Technologies. He also has held a department management position at the Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center facilities before entering the fields of IT, engineering and solar. A long-term Georgia resident, Richard is our lead engineer at Solar CrowdSource and one of our project managers, as well as a hands-on installer.
Partner/Senior Creative Director – MLT Creative
Billy Mitchell is a founding partner of MLT Creative, a B2B marketing agency based on the east side of Atlanta in Clarkston, Georgia. As experts in both inbound and direct marketing, MLT Creative provides website design and development, content marketing, lead generation and strategic planning for local, national, and global brands. As part of the Solar CrowdSource team, MLT Creative focuses on the marketing efforts that help the organization get found, engage communities, generate campaigns and build lasting relationships with the homeowners, businesses, and leaders in communities leading the way in solar energy.