NCSP Summit 2024

2024 National Community Solar Partnership Annual Summit: Community Solar Deploying Benefits & Delivering Impacts  

February 14, 2024 | Watch a recording of the Summit and download the presentation slides (PDF)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) hosted the fourth annual National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) Summit on February 14, 2024. To maximize access to event content, the 2024 NCSP Summit was fully virtual with no fee to participate.  

The summit’s theme, ‘Community Solar – Deploying Benefits & Delivering Impacts,’ reflects on how the industry has proven its ability to deliver meaningful benefits through exemplary projects and programs that have leveraged innovative policies, business models, financing, and community leadership. The rollout of the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, the forthcoming announcement of funding for Solar for All programs nationwide, and the work of the National Community Solar Partnership and its members have all primed the industry to deliver meaningful benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

The 2024 NCSP Annual Summit convened NCSP members and other community solar stakeholders to learn about new and expanded tools and resources to accelerate community solar deployment, engage with community solar leaders from across the nation, and explore the roles organizations can play in rapidly deploying community solar to deliver benefits for all. 

See below for more details on the event resources, agenda, and speakers, and download the presentation slides (PDF).

Opening Remarks from Jeff Marootian

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The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeff Marootian discusses DOE's new challenge to the solar industry to triple the amount of grid-connected community solar by the end of 2025.
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Agenda   

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Session
Presenters
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Equitable Community Solar: Looking Back & Looking Forward

Welcome & Keynote: With 2025 on the near horizon, we reviewed the country's progress toward DOE's target of 20 GW of community solar and celebrate the progress made that can't be measured in megawatts. Nicole Steele, head of the National Community Solar Partnership, set the stage for the summit and called upon all stakeholders to seize the moment as we turn historic levels of funding into a breakthrough year for community solar.

Nicole Steele, Program Manager and Head of the National Community Solar Partnership, U.S. Department of Energy 

Alejandro Moreno, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Jeff Marootian, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Achieving Scale: Community Solar's Potential

Presentation & Q&A: In this session, technical experts from the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab discussed community solar's nation-wide potential for scale and growth. There was also time for Q&A.

Moderator: 

Anya Poplavska, ORISE Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 

Speakers:

Juan Pablo Carvallo, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Miguel Heleno, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Katy Waechter, Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.

Centering the Consumer Experience: Building Trust as we Scale

Panel & Q&A: In an industry where it only takes one bad actor to breed community-wide mistrust, community solar developers, consumer advocates, regulators and government bodies, and community-based organizations must all operate with the consumer experience at the center of their work. In this session, a diverse set of industry leaders discussed centering consumer benefits, evolving best practices in consumer protections, and how, as an industry, we can ensure that we scale at the speed of trust.

Moderator:

Miana Campbell, Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Justice and Equity, U.S. Department of Energy 

Speakers:

Fatima Ghani, Go Solar Specialist, Solar United Neighbors 

Kelly Hadayia, Senior Director, Client Solutions Operations, Pivot Energy 

Berneta Haynes, Senior Attorney, National Consumer Law Center 

Amir Yadzi, Deputy General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association 

1:40 – 2:20 p.m.

Building Your Capital Stack with Federal Incentives & Programs

Panel & Q&A: In the current market environment, federal incentives, programs and awards can help make or break a community solar project. In this session, experts from across DOE discussed the role that tax credits, federal awards, and other programs can play in building a capital stack, and how to braid different federal funding sources to generate maximum impact.

Moderator:

Vero Bourg-Meyer, Senior Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance 

Speakers:

JoBeth Delawder, Acting Climate Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Ari Gerstman, State Energy Program Manager, State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy 

Gabriela Rodriguez, Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Justice and Equity, U.S. Department of Energy 

Anisha Steephen, Senior Advisor to the Counselor on Racial Equity, U.S. Department of Treasury 

2:20 – 3:00 p.m.

Funding the Future of Community Solar: Resourcing the Full Development Ecosystem

Panel & Q&A: Financing is the most persistent barrier to deploying more community solar around the US. This session discussed strategies, learnings, and best practices of overcoming this barrier. Participants heard about how to leverage the Community Power Accelerator and other resources to support a sustainable financing ecosystem.

Moderator:

Allie Robins, Lindahl Reed Contractor, supporting U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 

Speakers:

Chris Diaz, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Seminole Financial Services 

Sierra Jackovics, Government Affairs and Energy Policy Specialist, Mana Pacific Impact Company 

Emily Robichaux, Senior Vice President, Climate and Environment Programs, Opportunity Finance Network 

Joseph Smith, ADL Solutions, LLC 

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Forward, Together: Celebrating Successes & the Future of the Partnership

Presentation & Closing Remarks: The community solar industry's ability to scale deployment and access to benefits will be built on the successes of early leaders in equitable community solar and continued coordination and collaboration across the industry. This session recognized the work of the National Community Solar Partnership and its members and identify top opportunities for stakeholders to get more deeply engaged in the Partnership and other federal efforts.

Anna Balzer, Lindahl Reed Contractor, supporting U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Topic Area Deep Dives

Breakout #1: Interconnection & Cost-Optimal Siting on the Distribution Grid 
Breakout #2: Consumer Protections & Consumer Experience 
Breakout #3: Financing Your Community Solar Project 
Breakout #4: State Community Solar Market & Policy Update with the Coalition for Community Solar Access 

Juan Pablo Carvallo, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Miguel Heleno, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Katy Waechter, Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Dexter Hendricks, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office

Fatima Ghani, Go Solar Specialist, Solar United Neighbors

Kelly Hadayia, Senior Director, Client Solutions Operations, Pivot Energy

Berneta Haynes, Senior Attorney, National Consumer Law Center

Amir Yadzi, Deputy General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association

Sierra Jackovics, Government Affairs and Energy Policy Specialist, Mana Pacific Impact Company

Joseph Smith, Chief Executive Officer, ADL Solutions, LLC

Molly Knoll, Vice President of Policy, Coalition for Community Solar Access 

Kate Daniel, Northeast Regional Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access 

Nicole Steele, Workforce and Equitable Access Program Manager and Head of the National Community Solar Partnership, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy 
Nicole Steele SETO Portrait

Nicole Steele is a nationally recognized leader and expert in clean energy with a focus on frontline communities and workforce development. She has 20 years of experience working with government officials, policymakers, advocates, and entrepreneurs to develop and implement inclusive clean energy policies and programs. She is the Workforce and Equitable Access Program Manager for the Solar Energy Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy and the head of the National Community Solar Partnership. She was the founding executive director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, policy director at the Alliance to Save Energy, and ran the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program for Loudoun County, Virginia. She started her career in affordable housing, community planning, and politics. She is an AmeriCorps alumni and passionate supporter of community service. 

Alejandro Moreno, Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy 
Alejandro Morena


Alejandro Moreno is the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  He provides strategic advice leadership in the strategic planning, execution, and oversight of the EERE portfolio.

Previously, he served as the Office's Renewable Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary and as the Director of the Water Power Technologies Office.  In addition to his roles at DOE, he has served in the energy groups of the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, where he designed and led regulatory reform programs to spur investment in clean energy and rural electrification. Mr. Moreno holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Jeff Marootian, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Jeff Marootian

Jeff Marootian is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He previously served as a Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and as Special Assistant to the President in the Biden-Harris White House. He was also a member of the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team. 

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Jeff was the Director of the District Department of Transportation, where he led the adoption of sustainable transportation technologies and oversaw more than $4 billion of critical infrastructure and utility projects including the reconstruction of the historic Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. 

Mr. Marootian previously served in the Obama-Biden Administration as the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Chief Sustainability Officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is an alumnus of The George Washington University where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration.

Anya Poplavska, ORISE Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Solar Energy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 
Anya Poplavska

Anastasiya “Anya” Poplavska supports the National Community Solar Partnership. She joined DOE shortly after graduating Summa Cum Laude and with Honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she majored in environmental management and minored in political science. Prior to her role at the DOE, Anya worked with different communities on pressing environmental issues. Namely, she spent a summer in rural Kansas writing a proposal for a local nonprofit to build a novel EV charging station in the region. Additionally, she has interned for the largest policy association in Silicon Valley to build a stakeholder-based environmental justice toolkit. And, she has researched the inequities of tree canopy distribution for a startup, Cambium Carbon, incubated from the Yale School of Environmental Management. She also has experience working with private stakeholders, as she has written a novel climate action plan for the largest bottler in North America. In addition to her professional experiences, she has a personal passion for community organizing, and she spent her college career leading a dedicated grassroots movement to establish a Green Fund on her campus. 

Juan Pablo Carvallo, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Juan Pablo Carvallo

 

Juan Pablo Carvallo is a Research Scientist in the Energy Markets and Policy department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research areas at the Lab focus on long-term power system planning, integration and planning of distributed energy resources and electric vehicles, and reliability and resilience valuation. Dr. Carvallo holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as P.E. and B.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile. 


 
Miguel Heleno, Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
Miguel Heleno Portrait

 

Miguel Heleno is a Research Scientist at LBNL. He currently leads the Grid Planning and Economics team at the Grid Integration Group and coordinates the LBNL participation in the Microgrid R&D and the Advanced Grid Modeling Programs from the DOE Office of Electricity. He holds a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Porto within the MIT Portugal Program. Miguel has more than 10 years’ experience in energy systems research and innovation, both in Europe and the United States, in the areas of grid optimization and planning, power systems economics and energy policy. 

Katy Waechter, Researcher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
Katy Waechter

 

Katy Waechter is a geospatial data scientist in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her research focuses on built environment modeling, renewable energy system siting and techno-economic analysis. She leads the PV Rooftop model and is the distributed PV lead for the Renewable Energy Potential (reV) modeling team. She holds a MSc degree in Geographic Information Science from the University of Denver and a BA degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University. 

 
 
 
Miana Campbell, Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Justice and Equity, U.S. Department of Energy 
Miana Campbell Portrait

 

Joining the solar industry as Director of Client Accounts for a national developer, I managed a client portfolio, overseeing subscription management for external clients. Transitioning to Program Administration, I led complex community solar markets on behalf of commissions. My experience includes leading impactful reviews, including project applications, viability assessments, financing arrangements, low-income acquisition plans, and workforce development for 2 gigawatts of Community Solar projects and monitoring results on over 450 MWs of live projects. Beyond solar I have helped to design and implement five successful SaaS solutions launching both statewide and nationally. As a Policy Analyst at the Department of Energy, I work to unlock tax credits, potentially influencing gigawatts of renewable energy development in low-income communities. 

Fatima Ghani, Go Solar Specialist, Solar United Neighbors 
Fatima Ghani Portrait


Fatima is an experienced academic architectural designer, researcher, and solar professional. She is a ‘Go Solar Program Specialist’ at Solar United Neighbors (SUN), helping people go solar.  She has worked in the community solar space and currently manages the community solar education and subscription platform at SUN. Fatima holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s in Environmental Science & Management (Sustainability). She has always been passionate about sustainable design. Her aim is to pursue sustainability with equity goals. She is excited to help communities transition to an energy system that is sustainable, resilient, and equitable. Fatima lives in New Jersey with family. She enjoys poetry, cooking and being outdoors in her free time. 

 
Kelly Hadayia, Senior Director for Client Solutions Operations, Pivot Energy 
Kelly Hadayia


Kelly Hadayia is the Sr. Director for Client Solutions Operations on the SunCentral team, leading day-to-day operations for nearly 14 clients, more than 300MW, and 12,000 subscribers. She oversees a team responsible for sales operations, utility relationships, customer service, and new market strategies and support. Her prior roles at Clean Energy Collective exposed her to the solar market across approximately 17 states. 

With six years of community solar experience, Kelly has worked in various roles related to marketing, sales, strategic planning and partnerships, and operations. She has a diverse industry background developing automated and technology solutions for organizations serving eCommerce and subscription models, previously focused on higher education with Harvard University and in edTech consulting.  

An East Coast transplant to Denver, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts. She is also a freelance writer and content developer, having been published by Solar Power World, NBC Connecticut News, and more.

Berneta Haynes, Senior Attorney, National Consumer Law Center 
Berneta Haynes Portrait


Berneta L. Haynes is a senior attorney who focuses on consumer energy policy and medical debt. At NCLC, she recently authored Protecting Older Adults from Surprise Medical Bills, Tariff-based On-Bill Financing: Assessing the Risks for Low-Income Consumers, The Racial Health and Wealth Gap: Impact of Medical Debt on Black Families, and Air-Source Heat Pumps: Protecting the Financial Well-being of Low-Income Families While Addressing Climate Change. She is also a contributing author to the medical debt chapter of NCLC’s Collection Actions treatise, and to NCLC’s Access to Utility Service treatise. Before joining NCLC, she served as a director at Georgia Watch, a state-based consumer advocacy organization in Atlanta, where she worked to make energy programs, quality healthcare, financial protection, and civil justice more equitable and accessible for all. At Georgia Watch, she led coalitions, facilitated forums, steered the passage of crucial medical billing legislation, and authored consumer-facing educational materials (such as the Georgia Consumer Guide for Medical Bills and Debt) and policy guides on energy equity (including Keeping the Lights On and EMCs and Energy Equity: Harnessing Your Power), financial protection, and healthcare billing. Previously, she practiced law at Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago and Southern Environmental Law Center, where she authored Solar for All and other policy papers. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing, and Psychology from Drury University, her Master’s degree in English from University of Iowa, and her law degree from University of Iowa College of Law. 

Amir Yazdi, Deputy General Counsel, Solar Energy Industries Association 
Amir Yazdi Portrait.


Amir Yazdi is SEIA's Deputy General Counsel where he advises SEIA on corporate matters, works on international trade and supply chain matters, and oversees SEIA’s consumer protection initiatives. He helps build industry best practices, develop consumer education resources, and engage policymakers. Amir holds a B.S. in Physics from the College of William & Mary and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 

 

 
 
 
Vero Bourg-Meyer, Senior Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance 
Vero Bourg-Meyer Portrait

 

Vero is Senior Project Director at the Clean Energy States Alliance where she helps state energy agencies develop clean energy policies/programs and implement the Inflation Reduction Act. Vero’s work primarily focuses on low-income solar and offshore wind, including financing and policy. 

 
 
 
JoBeth Delawder, Acting Climate Advisor, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
JoBeth Delawder Portrait


JoBeth Delawder is the Special Assistant and Acting Climate Advisor for the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) of USDA-Rural Development, working to implement the Inflation Reduction Act through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Prior to joining Rural Development, she served as legislative staff in the US Senate, and worked with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture while earning her bachelor’s from West Virginia University. She is a 6th generation farmer from rural West Virginia. 

 
Ari Gerstman, State Energy Program Manager, State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy  
Ari Gerstman Portrait

 

Ari Gerstman leads the State Energy Program Transformation and Planning team which is responsible for the management and execution of financial assistance to states to execute their State Energy Conservation Plans.  

 
 
Gabriela Rodriguez, Policy Analyst, Office of Energy Justice and Equity, U.S. Department of Energy 
Gabriela Rodriguez Portrait

 

Gabriela Rodriguez (she/her) is assisting with the implementation of the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program by overseeing the program’s stakeholder engagement arm and assisting with other program support. 

 

 

 

 

Anisha Steephen, Senior Advisor to the Counselor on Racial Equity, U.S. Department of Treasury
photo of Anisha Steephen

Anisha Steephen (they/them) is the Senior Advisor to the Counselor for Racial Equity at the U.S. Treasury, where they lead policy development for Treasury’s efforts to advance equity in domestic finance, economic, and tax policy. They have over 15 years of experience in community investing and policy design focused on the structural and systemic barriers that affect low-wealth communities of color.

 

 

 


 

Allie Robins, Lindahl Reed Contractor, supporting U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 
Alexandria Robins


Alexandria “Allie” Robins is a solar energy analyst for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). She joined the Workforce and Equitable Access team in December 2022. She currently leads partnership development for the Community Power Accelerator™. Prior to joining SETO, Allie was a policy advisor for Global Witness where she worked on international, federal, and grassroots issues – specializing in climate finance and banking reform. She was the co-chair of the FACT Coalition and led over 100 members to play an instrumental role in spearheading the passage of landmark bipartisan legislation. As an Atlanta native, Allie is passionate about community ownership, consumer protection, and organizing. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a concentration in Government. 

Chris Diaz, co-CEO, Seminole Financial Services   
Chris Diaz Portrait


Chris is co-CEO of Seminole Financial Services, LLC (SFS). In addition to his role as co-CEO, Mr. Diaz oversees the Business Development team as well as Capital and Investor Relations. He is also a corporate shareholder. Since joining SFS in 2010, he has been responsible for the identification, evaluation, and negotiation of renewable energy finance transactions focusing on solar and wind projects between $2 million and $50 million in need of construction/interim financing and permanent debt financing. To date, Chris has closed over $2 billion in construction and permanent financing, totaling more than 800 MW for renewable energy projects.

Prior to SFS, Chris was employed by Credit Suisse, MMA Financial and the Midland Companies where he gained over 15 years of experience with tax credits and financial services. He has had multiple articles published about renewable energy finance and continues to be a frequent speaker on renewable energy finance and energy credits at national industry conferences. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) as the Vice Chair of the Solar Services & Consumers (SSC) Division, is a board member for the Solar Energy Trade Show (“SETS”) Board of Managers, is a member of SETS Board of Managers Finance Committee, and was Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, as well as an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Sierra Jackovics, UN, Energy Policy, and Project Manager, Mana Pacific Inc.
Sierra Jackovics Portrait


Sierra Jackovics is the UN, Energy Policy, and Project Manager for Mana Pacific Inc. Mana Pacific is a social impact company organized in Hawai’i as a sustainable business corporation that develops scalable resiliency and renewable energy projects in Hawai’i and the 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Sierra began working for Mana Pacific in 2021 while completing her degree in International Relations from the University of California Berkeley, where she specialized in energy policy and international project development. Her previous experience includes working in legislative policy, journalism, and promoting natural resource equity. Sierra is now responsible for overall project management, identifying key technological and community partners, and managing UN, government, and local relationships for a 150+MW pipeline of solar PV and 250+MW of battery storage projects in the Pacific region. She is also the project lead for the Community Power Accelerator Prize, as well as Mana Pacific's community solar portfolio and solar workforce development programs.

Emily Robichaux, Senior Vice President, Climate and Environment Programs, Opportunity Finance Network
Emily Robichaux Portrait

Emily Robichaux is Senior Vice President for Climate and Environmental Programs at Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a financial intermediary for the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry. She is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive climate strategy for the organization’s network of 400+ CDFIs that serve communities across the U.S. Prior to joining OFN, Emily was a commercial banker at Amalgamated Bank where she financed sustainable projects and companies that advanced the bank towards its net zero targets. She also previously served as CFO of Groundswell, a DC-based non-profit solar developer, where she executed transactions for the organization’s low- and moderate-income serving community solar and solar+storage projects in multiple markets, researched and analyzed transaction structures and financing trends to accelerate LMI access to solar, and launched the organization’s subscriber services line of business to bring clean energy savings to over 5,000 households. Emily joined the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in 2023 and serves as Treasurer.

Emily earned her MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in French Studies and Government from Smith College. She was honored to have received the 2018 Bard MBA L. Hunter Lovins Award for her commitment to advancing social justice as an essential element of the clean energy transition. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Emily has lived in DC since 2005.

Joseph Smith, Chief Executive Officer, ADL Solutions, LLC
photo of Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith is the CEO of ADL Solutions, LLC, an electrical contracting company specializing in solar and EV installations and a new community solar developer. Joseph has been an electrician for 28 years, recently designing and supervising the Rubenstein Forum during Covid.  Currently, Joseph is developing a ground mount community solar project in a rural town in Illinois and a rooftop community solar project in the inner city of Chicago. 

 

 

Anna Balzer, Lindahl Reed Contractor, supporting U.S. Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership 
Anna-Balzer


Anna Balzer provides technical support for stakeholder engagement and communications to grow the reach and impact of the National Community Solar Partnership. Anna is an AmeriCorps Alumni with roots in community engagement, education, and youth leadership development. Prior to joining DOE, she served in and managed the Youth Energy Squad, an AmeriCorps program in Detroit, Michigan, that engaged young people in place-based education and leadership on energy burden reduction in their communities. Anna holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. 

 

Dexter Hendricks, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
photo of Dexter Hendricks

Dexter Hendricks is a Renewable Grid Interconnection Project Manager in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supporting the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support (SAIS) team. Dexter joined SETO in February 2023 and his work contributes to the team’s mission of reducing solar soft costs by supporting the Interconnection Innovation Exchange (i2X) initiative focused on promoting simpler, faster, and fairer interconnection of clean energy resources in both the bulk power and distribution grids. Prior to joining SETO, Dexter worked as a solar developer for 7 years where he managed interconnection departments coordinating the interconnection of residential solar projects in 24 states and over 300 utilities.

Molly Knoll, Vice President of Policy, Coalition for Community Solar Access 
photo of Molly Knoll

Molly brings over a decade of legal and policy experience as a consumer advocate and state utility regulator to her role as VP of Policy.  She began her energy career as a litigator with the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel before joining the Maryland Commission as a Sr. Commission Advisor.  She has expertise in grid modernization, alternative forms of ratemaking, distribution system planning, retail market issues, and a wealth of experience with State regulatory processes.  She also spent three years as the Chair of the NARUC Staff Subcommittee on Consumers and the Public Interest focusing on affordability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and equity.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2011 and served two years as a law clerk.

 

Kate Daniel, Northeast Regional Director, Coalition for Community Solar Access
photo of Kate Daniel

Kate previously served as Director of Policy for Catalyze, an innovative energy services partner and independent power producer (IPP) accelerating the transition to the renewable energy economy by creating new profit opportunities for commercial and industrial real estate owners. Prior to Catalyze, she was a Consultant with Sustainable Energy Advantage where she conducted policy and market analyses of the renewable energy sector in the Northeast, and supported public sector clients in clean energy program design and implementation. She was also previously part of the team that runs the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) out of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center.

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