What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

The main drivers of my interest to work on solar energy issues is for the preservation of the earth, supporting sustainable ways for solar energy production, and decreasing the amount of extracted resources require to make solar energy.

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

As an advisor, I anticipate and look forward to the information that will be provided. These tools acquired will allow for me to advocate and communicate effectively to the communities throughout the state and give adequate assistance for each area.

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

I am most excited about obtaining this educational information, implementing and spreading this information the best way I can throughout the state and with future programs created.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

From this experience I hope to gain better ways of incorporating community involvement with solar and utilizing the newly learnt tools as a method to giving back.

About Lisa

Lisa Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University. She is a passionate engineer with a focus in identifying educational, automotive and energy solutions with the support of technology. Thomas services others through workshops, webinars to educate on engineering, renewable energy for communities and organizations nationally as well as internationally. Thomas is an engineer for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Whilst working for EGLE Energy Services team, she strategizes innovative clean energy opportunities for the State of Michigan. Thomas manages the clean energy and renewable programs for low-to-moderate income families, particularly, the Clean Energy for Low-to-Moderate Income Community Accelerator (CELICA) to increase solar and energy efficiency in Michigan. She is leading a similar CELICA project in the Consumers Energy territory and a clean technology program for Michigan based small businesses.