MEET OUR PANELISTS
Program Manager, Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association. Portland, OR
Meghan has twelve years of community organizing and public outreach experience in various environmental fields. Her current work for OSEIA and Solar Oregon includes program management, workforce development, and learning as much about solar energy as possible.She previously served as a consultant for Green Building Services, and Northwest SEED for program management and curriculum development. Meghan holds a B.S. in Marketing & International Business from Penn State, and a Masters in Public & International Affairs, Environmental Policy from Virginia Tech. For her commitment to public service and social justice, Meghan received the Government and International Affairs Founding Faculty Award.
Founder and CEO, Good Faith Energy. Dallas, TX
Mohammed Abdalla founded a residential solar business in the middle of oil country. Raised in Plano, Texas, the son of Egyptian immigrants, he studied energy management in college, and after graduation, got a job at ConocoPhillips negotiating oil and gas lease agreements.With a long-time interest in renewable energy, in 2014 he decided to start his own solar business, and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s eight-month Executive Program for Social Impact Strategy. Today, Good Faith Energy has 14 employees installing solar panels, storage systems, electric vehicle chargers, and energy-efficient lighting.
Director of Operations, Cypress Creek Renewables. Los Angeles, CA
Cameron Bard is the Director of Operations at Cypress Creek Renewables where he oversaw the launch of a national workforce development initiative including five partnerships with technical & community colleges supporting hundreds of solar students nationwide. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff to Richard Kauffman, Chair of Energy and Finance in the office of Governor Cuomo. In this role, he helped develop and execute the administration’s clean energy agenda to grow New York’s economy with a 50% renewables commitment. Cameron is also an adjunct instructor at both UCLA and New York University, where he teaches on the role of public policy in shaping the US energy industry.
Director of Curriculum Development and Instruction, Solar Energy International. Paonia, CO
Sarah Wilder has been working in the solar industry since 2002, starting as an entry-level PV installer, then moving into roles as a system designer, project manager, co-owner of a solar installation company, and energy educator. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University where she specialized in energy policy and environmental communication. She is a NABCEP-certified PV Installation Professional and an Oregon Limited Renewable Technician, a specialty solar journeyman’s license requiring 4000 hours of on-the-job training
Dr. Kenneth Walz
Director, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technical Education. Madison, WI
Dr. Kenneth Walz is the Director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE). With funding from the National Science Foundation, CREATE provides professional development, hands-on training, curriculum and instructional materials for renewable energy educators nationwide. Dr. Walz holds a B.S. in Science Education, and Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology from University of Wisconsin. Since 2003, he has taught chemistry, engineering, and renewable energy at Madison College, pioneering some of the first online renewable energy courses in the US. Dr. Walz has been recognized as Professor of the Year by Carnegie Foundation and Energy Educator of the Year by the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.
Vice President Innovations and Partnerships, 15 Lightyears. Longwoood, FL
Jeff has built his unique career in energy management and sustainability over the past 9 years. With program development, project management and strategic consulting roles, he has helped transform over 30 public/private sector clients and start ups. Jeff’s commitment to process improvement, collaboration and community involvement has delivered measurable results and nationally award winning programs. Jeff is a published sustainability industry author/columnist, LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in Operations & Maintenance, and Green Globes Professional. He joined local business leaders to launch 15 Lightyears, where he now serves as the Vice President of Innovations and Partnerships.