What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?
I am passionate about helping communities increase their economic resilience and opportunities. Renewable energy provides an alternative means for communities to increase their energy independence and allows them to explore different avenues of sustainability and economic development.
What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?
There are many efforts underway throughout the nation to increase solar accessibility to residents, and the SolSmart program will provide a great template for these communities seeking to increase solar accessibility. The cost free assistance will also be a great benefit to rural communities that may not have the staff capacity, financial resources, or knowledge of solar related policy.
What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about working on?
I am excited to work with regional organizations in growing solar opportunities. Working on a regional basis strengthens communities and allows them to increase their collaboration and community resilience.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I am looking forward to bettering my understanding of opportunities and obstacles that communities face regarding solar. Each community is different and brings different insights regarding solar deployment, which can provide a robust arena for collaboration and regional growth.