SEIA Closes Year With New Slate of Elected and At-Large Board Members as Industry Forges Ahead to 2030
Wednesday, Dec 15 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the addition of a new slate of at-large and elected board members to lead the industry toward its goals for the Solar+ Decade. Leading solar and storage companies Enphase Energy, Freedom Forever, Nautilus Solar and Array Technologies are joining SEIA’s board of directors as at-large members, and representatives from 15 companies were elected to serve on the board.
In addition to new at-large and elected board members, SEIA board chair George Hershman, CEO of SOLV Energy, was re-elected to another two-year term.
The new additions come as the solar industry is positioning itself to be the leading form of new electricity in the U.S. over the next decade, and this diverse group of companies will help SEIA advance strong policies at the state and federal levels to ensure open, competitive markets for solar and storage development. Creating this favorable policy environment will be critical as the industry strives for solar to account for 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030.
“The Solar+ Decade is here, and the addition of these leaders is part of a broader coalescing in the solar and storage industry as we work toward a vision of being the dominant form of power on the grid,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “The market is ripe for a new clean energy economy, and the companies joining our board today are at the forefront of delivering that clean, reliable energy that consumers and businesses are demanding.”
These additions strengthen the diversity of voices on SEIA’s board, which consists of businesses in every solar market segment and all parts of the solar value chain, from installers, developers, manufacturers, financiers, and other service providers. Each of these sectors will play a vital role in the historic growth of the solar industry.
“We are thrilled to step up our engagement with SEIA,” said Brett Bouchy, CEO of Freedom Forever. “Their goal for creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of US electricity generation by 2030 is one we are proud to be a part of. At this pivotal time for clean energy, we are all being called upon to contribute towards a better, brighter tomorrow with solar energy at the forefront.”
"Enphase is honored to join the SEIA Board of Directors as part of its mission to advance a sustainable future for all," said Jason Simon, senior director of government relations and policy at Enphase Energy. "We look forward to working with the experts at SEIA, leveraging our background in technology and innovation, manufacturing, and supply chain to help advance key policy objectives that will take our industry to the next level."
“SEIA has had a tremendous influence in our industry, and joining its board gives Array the opportunity to have a hands-on role in the drive towards positive change for utility-scale solar,” said Erica Brinker, chief marketing officer at Array Technologies. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside SEIA and other industry players to lead the charge towards a clean energy economy and to continue to promote the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power.”
“The solar industry has an incredible opportunity ahead of us, and I am pleased to be able to continue serving as treasurer and an at-large member on SEIA’s Board,” said Laura Stern, co-CEO at Nautilus Solar Energy. “This is a critical moment for the entire solar community to support SEIA and the important work required to meet our industry’s extraordinary goals.”
The elected board members will serve two-year terms as division chairs and vice chairs, state affiliate representatives, and alternates. New elected board members and division chairs include:
- Gil Hough, Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA Affiliate Representative)
- PJ Wilson, Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SEIA Affiliate Alternate)
- Dana Clare Redden, Solar Stewards (At-Large Elected Director)
- Thomas Plagemann, Posigen (At-Large Elected Director)
- Joy Seitz, American Solar & Roofing (At-Large Elected Director)
- Elizabeth Sanderson, Solar Energy International (At-Large Elected Alternate)
- Karla Loeb, Loeb Clean Energy Consulting (Distributed Generation Division Chair)
- Jennifer Mrzlack, PSG Energy Group (Distributed Generation Division Vice Chair)
- Costa Nicolaou, PanelClaw (Manufacturing Division Chair)
- Kendra Hubbard, Hyundai Energy Solutions America (Manufacturing Division Vice Chair)
- Adam Chrisman, Sunearth (Solar Heating and Cooling Division Chair)
- Chris Diaz, Seminole Financial Services (Solar Services and Consumers Division Chair)
- Laura Jones, Hunton Andrews Kurth (Solar Services and Consumers Division Vice Chair)
- Gilbert Campbell, Volt Energy (Utility-Scale Solar Power Division Chair)
- Joshua Dorfman, American Wire Group (Utility-Scale Solar Power Division Vice Chair)
“This impressive slate of solar leaders is full of the industry’s brightest minds and they will be critical to our growth and success over the next several years,” continued Ms. Ross Hopper. “Solar is poised to grow at a scale that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, and I know we have the right team in place to execute on our vision to account for 30% of all U.S. electricity by the end of the decade.”
The SEIA board of directors ratified elections and approved new members at its Dec. 2 board meeting. Newly elected members will begin their terms on Jan. 1. For a full list of board members and vice chairs, please visit seia.org/executive-committee-and-board-directors.
Reaching SEIA’s 2030 goal will generate $800 billion in new private sector investment and require over one million American workers. As Congress debates budget reconciliation legislation, the U.S. faces an unprecedented opportunity to build a robust clean energy economy. Learn more about SEIA’s 2030 goals and the solar industry’s bold vision for the Solar+ Decade.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, [email protected] (202) 556-2872