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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

Through my policy tracking work at NCCETC, I have learned a great deal about the differences in policies relevant for solar energy across the country, and how different policy choices can affect solar development in different ways. Being a SolSmart Advisor gives me an opportunity to apply the things I have learned in a practical setting.

What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?

U.S. D.O.E. research has shown that SolSmart designation can be an extremely effective way for local governments to increase solar deployment and grow their local economies. This research also found that the way SolSmart helps is often through increasing knowledge of and familiarity with solar energy among local government staff. NCCETC has a lot of experience collaborating with local governments, and we hope to extend the successes of SolSmart to regions that have heretofore not received much attention in the solar energy space.

What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about working on?

Land use law has been an interest of mine since my law school days, so I am really excited to dig into local zoning codes to figure out their implications for solar.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to build new relationships across the South and set up a strong foundation for future work in the region.

About David

David works as a Senior Project Manager at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC). Along with his work as a SolSmart advisor, David works on several projects for NCCETC, including the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), the quarterly 50 States of Solar, Grid Modernization, and Electric Vehicles reports, and state-funded programs supporting community solar access for municipal and cooperative utility customers. David has worked at NCCETC for six years.

David has a law degree and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a Bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University. He is an inactive member of the Indiana bar.