- SEIA has expanded its senior executive team as it prepares to drive advocacy efforts in 2021
- Evelyn Butler has been announced as its vice president of technical services, while Roderick Lewis will be SEIA’s new vice president of member services
- Sean Gallagher will be expanding his duties to include regulatory affairs along with state affairs
With an environment friendly President at the helm of affairs in the US in the form of Joe Biden, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is all charged up to keep the momentum going for solar PV industry of the country. Anticipating need for ‘strong advocacy push’ in 2021 it has announced a few new executive appointments, all effective immediately.
Having been with the association for 5 years now, Evelyn Butler has been announced as its vice president of technical services. Butler will be required to work on solar codes and standards, workforce development, corporate social responsibility and the circular economy including PV recycling among other issues. SEIA credits her for having established the organization’s PV Recycling Network, helped create requirements for solar on new homes in California and improved solar permitting through SolarAPP++, the work that she is expected to continue with.
For about 1.5 years Roderick Lewis was SEIA’s director of membership sales. Now he has been promoted SEIA’s new vice president of member services. Lewis will be responsible for developing and driving all phases of the organization’s membership growth strategy, including recruitment, retention and membership upgrades.
The Vice President of State Affairs at SEIA, Sean Gallagher, will be expanding his duties to include looking after regulatory affairs as well. He will lead the work to defend and expand competitive, open markets for solar, ‘a critical area of focus for the association at both the state and federal levels’.
“SEIA’s bold vision requires capable executives to carry out our strategic imperative to lead America’s transition to a clean energy economy,” said SEIA President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Roderick and Evelyn have served SEIA’s members exceptionally well, and they are outstanding additions to our leadership team as we ready ourselves for the challenges ahead.”
It is a good time to be in the US solar industry as the government under Biden will be accelerating the country’s push towards cleaner fuels including solar. The first thing Biden did soon after swearing in as the president of the country was to get back to joining Paris Agreement, a move that has won the US accolades from all quarters.
“With the right policies and bold actions from the president, the solar industry can help address these challenges, generate billions of dollars in economic activity and put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work,” added Abigail in a separate statement welcoming the news of the US re-joining Paris Agreement.