USI Collaborates on Solar Project Benefitting San Ramon Art School

Markus Wilhelm has spent more than six years as chief executive officer at the nation’s most comprehensive solar company, Solar Strata, LLC. In addition to his work with Solar Strata, Markus Wilhelm engages with a number of industry groups and charities, including the United Solar Initiative.

The United Solar Initiative (USI) partnered with Solar Strata and the Appalachian State Department of Technology and Environmental Design to install a solar panel system at the San Ramon Arts School, which serves local children in San Ramon, Nicaragua. USI and a local Suni Solar team outfitted the arts building with a trio of 80 watt photovoltaic solar panels as well as 15 LED lights.

The advantages of the successful installation were immediately apparent. Rosario Gonzales, the school’s director, cited improved security and the ability to offer night sessions as two of the biggest benefits made possible by the new solar system. Gonzales also acknowledged the financial savings resulting from the solar panels and cost-effective LED lighting.


USI Solar Projects in Nicaragua

Markus Wilhelm has spent nearly seven years as the chief executive officer of Strata Solar, LLC. Markus Wilhelm works with a number of additional groups and organizations within the solar energy industry, including the United Solar Initiative.

In the past, members of United Solar Initiative (USI), Inc., have provided solar power to in-need communities all over the world. One of the organization’s most recent projects involved two volunteers visiting Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and installing solar panels at the Mina Verde 2 and San Antonio de Upa schools.

Both installations required the volunteers to travel several miles outside of the city, navigating a mountainous landscape. The USI solar panels were installed at both locations for the purpose of powering light bulbs during night classes. The schools had previously relied on costly, inefficient methods of lighting, including kerosene-fueled lanterns. The project was made possible not only by USI volunteers but through the help of Suni Solar, a Nicaraguan-based solar energy provider.

University of North Carolina to Host 2016 Clean Tech Summit

An accomplished alternative energy executive, Markus Wilhelm serves as the CEO of Strata Solar, LLC, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to his activities at Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm serves as a speaker and sponsor for several industry events, including the NC Clean Tech Summit.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Fagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise are currently preparing to host the third annual NC Clean Tech Summit, which will be held February 18-19, 2016, at The Friday Center on the UNC campus. Industry professionals, policymakers, and academics from throughout North Carolina are expected to attend the event to take part in two days of networking, learning, and problem-solving activities.

This 2016 Clean Tech Summit will focus on several themes, including local and global trends about energy transition, government affairs, and clean tech financing. Energy thought leaders and experts from industry, government, and academia will explore these themes through panel discussions and keynote presentations.

In addition to learning activities for industry professionals, the 2016 Clean Tech Summit will feature workshops and sessions for university students as well as networking events to help connect them with internships and other employment opportunities. Additional information about the Summit can be found at