Carrie Hearne, a 2020 SolSmart Advisor for cohorts across the state of Virginia, is the Solar Program Manager in the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)
In her role at the DMME, Carrie provides outreach and technical assistance for localities on utility-scale solar siting and local government renewable energy procurement. Carrie is project lead on creating DMME’s plan of action in response to Governor Northam’s Executive Order 43 (“Expanding Access to Clean Energy and Growing the Clean Energy Jobs of the Future”). She also supports the Clean Energy Advisory Board and the affiliated Low to Moderate Income Solar Loan and Rebate Fund. Carrie originates from rural West Virginia and has recently moved back to this region after living in Portland, Oregon, for nearly 16 years. In Portland, Carrie successfully created and ran the first sustainability program at The Standard, a large insurance company, and then served as the business partnerships manager for Oregon at Climate Solutions. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College and an MBA in sustainable systems from Presidio Graduate School. Carrie lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her two big curly dogs Timber and Odi.