An experienced executive, Markus Wilhelm brings more than two decades of experience to his current position as the CEO of Strata Solar LLC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to his efforts with Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm works with the nonprofit solar energy organization United Solar Initiative.
Founded in 2013, United Solar Initiative works to provide solar energy systems to areas that have limited access to electricity or rely on dangerous kerosene lamps. Over the past two years, the organization has provided solar panels to several organizations in and around Managua, Nicaragua.
In one recent project, volunteers from United Solar Initiative traveled to the Nicaraguan city of Matagalpa to install solar panels in schools located in the mountains. The volunteers teamed with a local Nicaraguan solar energy company, Suni Solar, to complete the project. Prior to the installation of the panels, the schools relied on kerosene lamps, which are expensive and unsafe. With the energy provided by the new solar panels, the schools are able to stay open at night for adult education and community events.