Local Energy Alliance Program Welcomes Solarize Program Manager

For Immediate Release

Katie VanLangen Takes on Solarize Program as LEAP Continues to Expand Solar Opportunities

Charlottesville, VA

Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), Central and Northern Virginia’s nonprofit leader for energy-based climate solutions for homes and businesses, is excited to welcome Katie VanLangen to its team as Solarize Program Manager. Solarize, a community-based outreach initiative run by LEAP, brings solar power to people throughout Virginia. LEAP manages the Solarize program and catalyzes Virginia’s clean energy future and climate-resilient communities.

Before coming to LEAP, Katie acted as Executive Director for the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CVilleREA), where she worked to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in Charlottesville. Katie has spent her career tackling pressing social issues and working with organizations that serve the underserved. Her wide variety of skills and experience make her a great fit to expand the Solarize program and serve more of the community with solar solutions.

Katie is looking forward to joining the team, saying, “LEAP has done an incredible job making solar accessible to homeowners and providing weatherization and energy-efficiency services to low-income households. I’m eager to work with localities and other partners throughout the state to not only expand the geographic reach of the program but also to help low-income households benefit from solar power as well.”

With the passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, many new opportunities will soon be available to Virginia residents, especially around community solar. At the same time, technological advances with batteries and electric vehicles are creating a set of more complex solutions for Virginians who want to have more control over their utility bills and mitigate climate change. 

“I’m excited to have Katie join LEAP at this pivotal time in the expansion of solar as a practical, beneficial source of renewable energy for Virginians,” stated Chris Meyer, Executive Director of LEAP. “Katie’s experience in the Virginia renewable energy sector and nonprofit management expertise make her the perfect fit for scaling our Solarize program,” added Meyer.

Since 2014, Solarize has helped initiate the installation of more than 4 megawatts of solar capacity valued at more than $12 million. Looking forward, LEAP will be continuing its annual Solarize campaigns in Northern Virginia and the Piedmont/Central Virginia regions.

CONTACT: Erin Morgan, Marketing and Outreach Manager, Local Energy Alliance Program, erin@leap-va.org, 540-407-2412‬


The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Charlottesville, VA. As a trusted nonprofit, LEAP delivers direct education and services for improved energy performance that address climate change; create cost savings for families and businesses; healthier, safer, and more durable buildings; and local jobs and economic growth.

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