After eight months without a President the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has named Abigail Ross Hopper to lead the organization starting on Jan. 17. She takes over after the years of unprecedented growth in the industry with the country on track to install 50 gigawatts of solar power in 2016.
“I am thrilled to lead the Solar Energy Industries Association,” Hopper said. “I have spent my career working with all sides of the political and ideological spectrum to arrive at pragmatic approaches to energy policy. I look forward to utilizing that experience to serve our SEIA members.”
Prior to becoming the head of SEIA, Hopper worked for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). There she worked on leasing and permitting of oil, gas and renewable energy projects. The organization said she was selected for her knowledge of energy markets and state energy policy, as well as her experience managing environmental issues.
“Abby just completed a two-year stint as the head of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management where she managed more than six hundred staff,” said Tom Kimbis who was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel of SEIA and had served as interim president of SEIA Prior to her service at BOEM, she led the Maryland Energy Administration Maryland and served as deputy general counsel to the Maryland Public Service Commission. She brings to SEIA incredible leadership, management and subject matter experience at the state and federal levels.”
“Abby possesses the leadership skills, experience and infectious enthusiasm needed to help drive solar’s rapid but sustainable growth trajectory,” stated SEIA Board Chairman Nat Kreamer. “Her unique experience and bridge-building talents are an asset for the entire industry and will aid in strong solar success for years to come.”
She succeeds Rhone Resch who led the organization during an incredible expansion of the solar industry. Toward the end of Resch’s tenure, the government decided to extend the federal investment tax credit for solar power and wind power. In 2016, under Kimbis’ tenure as interim president SEIA helped defeat of Florida’s anti-solar Amendment 1 and worked to establish community solar markets in New York and Colorado.Tweet