About Me


Me (middle) with my brother Danny
and his fiancĂ©e Chanel
Since November 2014, I've been photographing, researching, writing, and mapping for this solar blog. The parameters are that it has to be solar, in the National Capital Region, and preferably photovoltaic. On average, I post every 5 days and it's a lot of work. I've got huge respect for bloggers that somehow post daily.

The motivation behind this blog is a long interest in renewable energy. It began in college with a few courses in environment and energy. During my sophomore year, I traveled to France and saw a whole new approach to energy. Just before the blog, someone asked me, "Have you visited energy projects first hand? If I Google you, will I see that you have a passion for this? Have you written about it?" The answers to all of these was no. A solar blog seemed like the perfect starting point.

For the last few years, I've been working in Congressional Relations at the U.S. Institute of Peace. I represent USIP on Capitol Hill, track the Institute’s activities with Congress, and research ways in which USIP can serve congressional members and staff.

Before coming to USIP, I interned on Capitol Hill, taught English Marseille, served as a night hotel receptionist on the Mediterranean, and worked as a gardener.

Finally, I'm interested in progress being made on the solar front in island nations and communities without grid access. I studied Political Science, French, and European Studies at the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2009.

Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @Wheresthesolar or email andrewpolich21@gmail.com!