About District Sun

With headquarters in New York City and offices in Hudson Valley serving New York and Connecticut and the Finger Lakes regions, today’s District Sun is a progression growing from its predecessors, MAK Technologies and MAK Environmental, a highly successful solar development firm and a high volume Phase I environmental assessment firm, respectively.

How we work

District Sun’s approach to commercial solar projects is unique in its comprehensive approach to clients, its advocacy on behalf of the industry, and the environmental stewardship it makes possible. District Sun brings the latest financials to the table – including tax incentives and rebates, likely commercial lenders, detailed return-on-investment models and bankable documentation.

District Sun’s comprehensive on-the-ground intelligence – including up-to-the-minute changes in energy policy as well as regional construction and electrical codes – eliminates obsolescence to everyone’s benefit, fostering innovation at the American manufacturers that supply District Sun with its cost-effective solar

Our History

With headquarters in New York City and offices in Hudson Valley serving New York and Connecticut and the Finger Lakes regions, today’s District Sun is a progression growing from its predecessors, MAK Technologies and MAK Environmental, a highly successful solar development firm and a high volume Phase I environmental assessment firm, respectively.

MAK Technologies, Inc. started with a single engineer and grew to a firm that held 20 percent of market share in New Jersey from 2001 to 2004. MAK was the first and leading GE dealer and the leading Home Depot solar installer, winning leadership awards from both organizations for its work in solar installation. The firm took pride in finding young engineers from Rutgers and NJIT, placing them under the tutelage of seasoned consulting engineers to transform them into solar design engineers in a market where few existed. MAK used the same model to train electricians, solar business development officers and technicians. MAK projects became the paragon of solar installation models throughout the Garden State and surrounding territories.

MAK Environmental, Inc. provided timely environmental site assessment services, including reports that identified the presence or absence of hazards and preventative or corrective action recommendations. MAK Environmental also offered testing and inspection consulting services for corporations, commercial and industrial environments of all sizes.

Based on this pedigree, District Sun emerged in New York State and Connecticut, soon attracting commercial solar projects, including several high profile installations for wineries in the Finger Lakes district.

Mar Kelly, CEO and Founder

MarKellyHeadshotSquareAn expert in the environmental and energy field, Mar Kelly is the quintessential entrepreneur as well as an innovator in the still nascent solar energy industry, having marketed, sold, developed, project managed and implemented mid-sized environmental and energy projects for 15 years in the Northeast, primarily in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington, D.C. for both private and public companies under the aegis of her own firm and others including GE and Home Depot.

Kelly began her career in the environmental sciences, founding her first company, MAK International Group Services, in 1990 and within a decade growing it from a one-person operation into a multi-million dollar operation with 14 offices nationwide. Kelly sold MAK International to Land America Title Company in 1999 and remained as a consultant to the new owners through 2003.

From 2003 to 2010, Kelly completed 300 solar installations, representing more than $150 million in total revenue on behalf of Home Depot and GE Energy. Under the umbrella of a new company she formed in 2004 – MAK Technologies – Kelly conceptualized, developed and built the firm to gain 20 per cent of solar market share in New Jersey as the first model dealer for both GE and Home Depot Solar on the East Coast. She sold the assets of the residential photovoltaic division in 2006.

In 2007, Kelly took on business development for SunTechnics (now Conergy International), one of the world’s leading suppliers of turnkey renewable energy systems with sales offices in 17 countries worldwide. Kelly assessed properties for photovoltaic project feasibility and size, developed cash flow models for key stakeholders, and conducted in-depth presentations on project logistics and economics, ultimately closing major commercial deals on behalf of the company.

Kelly started District Solar in New York and within months of its founding, successfully launched its first solar project with implementations at several Finger Lake wineries. Using her exceptional skills in business start-ups in general and environmental projects in particular, Kelly organized District Sun to work supportively with clients looking to develop solar projects, by offering a wealth of information and resources that go beyond photovoltaic panels, high quality construction and electrical know-how.

Kelly has served on the executive committee of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association as well as vice-chair of the environmental committee for the New Jersey Mortgage Bankers Association. She has been a member in a number of professional organizations, including the New York Solar Energy Industries Association; the American Society for Testing and Materials Environmental Site Assessment Standards Committee; and the National Registry of Environmental Professionals. In addition, she is certified by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

Kelly holds a bachelors degree in Environmental and Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and a Masters of Science from Fordham University in New York City.

In addition to her outstanding success in business, Kelly has also found the time to teach high school and college-level cell biology, ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and genetics, winning a fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a Robert Noyce Scholar Award in science education as well as the Educational Testing Service Praxis Award for Excellence in Biology.

Gene Bloxsom

Sales Development Specialist

Bloxsom’s experience with management and construction make him ideal for working with small to mid-sized organizations navigating their path to solar energy.

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Grace Blinn

Office of the President

Grace Blinn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Simmons College in Boston, and has taken several graduate level Library Science classes…

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Mina Agarabi

Energy Usage Engineer

Agarabi conducts thorough analyses of electrical usage for District Sun clients, providing detailed and informed recommendations on energy usage strategies.

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