What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?
Coming from a small town in Idaho and now being engaged with rural communities, I am familiar with the difficulties under-resourced communities face in gaining access to solar and other cleantech options. As we move towards the transition to a renewable energy, cleantech economy, I am committed to supporting communities in having access to these resources and clearly outlining how solar options create more resilient communities – communities that have greater energy security, more energy independence, often with greater economic returns. Empowering cities and companies by providing tools and information creates energy equity and thriving communities.
What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?
I believe this opportunity will provide communities with access to solar resources and electrification options, such as electric vehicles and equipment, they otherwise wouldn’t have. The rural communities in southern Idaho receive ample sun and are prime areas to utilize solar power, but many communities are not aware of the economic advantage solar provides or do not have the upfront funding to make the initial solar panel purchases.The SolSmart program can aid these communities in further reducing costs and educating citizens on the long-term cost savings.
What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about working on?
I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with surrounding communities, supporting the transition to renewable energy. I know how much our communities care about a pristine, healthy and vibrant Idaho and am passionate about supporting Idahoans in helping our state retain our great quality of life – that can only be sustained through clean energy practices that result in reduced environmental impact.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I hope to provide a world where my children and their children will know that the cars they drive and the energy they use is powered by clean, sustainable energy.