WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Washington Business Journal named Sol Systems’ CFO, George Ashton, a top Washington business leader in its esteemed 40 under 40 program. Mr. Ashton was selected from hundreds of submissions due to his leadership in growing the company by 1,073% over three years, his service to the solar energy industry, and his long-standing commitment to philanthropic initiatives. The program honors young, emerging business leaders in the D.C. metropolitan area that have displayed business excellence while maintaining a commitment to the community.

“George’s leadership in the company and the Washington community embodies our values, and our commitment to the environment, social equity, and economic growth,” said Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems. “His financial savvy and his passion to realize a world powered by clean, secure solar energy inspire all who work with him.”

Mr. Ashton, who co-founded the D.C. – based solar finance and investment firm in 2008, has led Sol Systems to arrange financing for over 180MW of clean, solar energy, enough to power 156,501 homes for one year and take 239,528 passenger vehicles off the road. The firm has been named to Inc. Magazine‘s prestigious fastest growing companies list for two consecutive years and will grow from 38 to nearly 50 by the end of 2015, with offices in D.C. and San Francisco, and a satellite office in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ashton regularly volunteers for philanthropic organizations in his hometown of Rockville, Maryland. He also serves on the D.C. board of GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer focusing on low income communities. Thanks in part to his status as a “solar innovator,” Mr. Ashton was appointed to the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) Board of Directors in January 2011; he is now Chairman of the Board.

Washington Business Journal will honor the top 40 business leaders from 2015 in a reception on June 11. Yuri Horwitz, Sol Systems CEO, was also named to the list in 2011.

Sol Systems is a solar energy finance and investment firm. The company has facilitated financing for 180MW of distributed generation solar projects on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations, insurance companies, utilities, banks, family offices, and individuals. Sol Systems provides secure, sustainable investment opportunities to investor clients, and sophisticated project financing solutions to developers. The company’s tailored financial services range from tax structured investments and project acquisition, to debt financing and SREC portfolio management. For more information, please visit www.solsystems.com.