Power United Foundation

We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing renewable energy powered solutions alongside communities lacking grid access.

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Electricity, Responsibly

  • Having a positive impact is simpler than you think. Together we can raise awareness and encourage the use of clean, renewable solar energy. Learn more about Power United Foundation projects, watch our videos, and become a solar advocate in your community.

  • Technological Innovation is happening globally at a staggering rate. Utilizing the most cutting edge renewable technologies allows us to provide the most cost effective practices to establish the most responsible energy systems.

    • Power United Foundation collaborates with partners to explore concepts of renewable energy. We want teachers, students and every day people to be energized with solar knowledge and motivated to act within our communities.

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Chris Guttenberg

Executive Director



Chris serves as Power United’s Executive Director. His academic and professional pursuits reach to find innovative ways renewable energy generation can minimize environmental degradation yet reach for sustainable development and capacity building for those most in need. He holds a Master of Science degree in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University. Chris is a returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from the Solomon Islands where he continues to work with underserved schools, budding academics, small businesses and dynamic NGO community. The culmination of his ground level experience in the South Pacific and renewable energy graduate work were instrumental in launching USAID’s Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy programs in Oceania.

Sebastian Brundage

Associate Director




Dave French

Compliance Coordinator



Dave has worked broadly in renewable energy education and utility level construction.
His expertise spans across large-scale wind turbine maintenance and repair to teaching renewable energy courses at the university level.
He holds a masters degree from Appalachian State University. Serving as Associate Director of the App. State Wind Application Center, Dave was instrumental in launching the U.S. Wind for Schools program.
 In his off time, he can be found spending time with family and building guitars or ukuleles at his Atlanta-area workshop.

Stephen Grinalds

Chief Information Officer



Dr. Dennis Scanlin

Primary Academic Consultant



Billy Mae

Director – Solomon Islands Rural Training Centers


James Manengela

Principal – Vatu Rural Training Center


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University of the South Pacific

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific region and an international centre of excellence for teaching, research consulting and training on all aspects of Pacific culture, environment and human resource development needs.The University of the South Pacific Solomon Islands Campus is a satellite campus of the University of the South Pacific, based in Honiara, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Association of Rural Training Centres (SIARTC)

Solomon Islands Association of Rural Training Centres (SIARTC) is the umbrella body for Rural Vocational Training Centres (RTCs), non-formal educational institutions for young men and women. RTC trainees graduate with the appropriate knowledge and practical skills for self-sufficiency, productivity and responsible citizenship within the rural community.

UNDP Solomons Islands

Leading the UN Joint Presence Office in Solomon Islands, UNDP Solomon Islands works with people and their governments to address those various development challenges the country faces.
As part of UNDP’s global development network which works in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP helps Solomon Islands to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Areas of Focus

Our Passion

We are driven by an appreciation of the environment and a desire to preserve it. Renewable energy has the power to transform the way people around the world use electricity—improving our communities and our planet.

Our People

All around the world, there are renewable leaders of all ages who are motivated by the power of alternative energy to improve all of our lives. Read below to see how these solar leaders are making a difference and find out how you can join us.

Our Projects and Partners

Power United has joined with partners to educate, inspire, and help people around the world utilize energy and the power of the sun.

Our Goal

To help create and motivate renewable energy leaders through education, awareness, and participation in community energy projects and programs.

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