Vote Solar 2012 Annual Report Vote Solar is a non-profit Contents grassroots organization Policy Objectives working to foster How We Work economic opportunity, promote energy Top 12 in 2012 independence and fight Our Team climate change by making solar a mainstream Out Board energy resource across Funding Sources the United States. Get Involved Solar generation accounts for just one percent of our national energy mix,Policy Issues: largely because cost and regulatory barriers have stood in the way. Vote Solar works to overcome those hurdles for both rooftop and utility solar• Renewable Portfolio Standards & power across the U.S.incentive programs• Net energy metering Each market type has its own advantages and specific policy needs.• Electricity rate design Distributed rooftop systems located at or near where electricity is• Interconnection standards consumed can reduce transmission and distribution costs; and they can be• Local permitting requirements used by individuals, businesses and others to reduce their power bills and• Shared solar programs their carbon footprints in one fell swoop. With ‘smart from the start’• Transmission planning planning, wholesale solar presents an exciting opportunity to bring solar• Utility procurement & resource into our utility power mix at entirely new economies of scale. Vote Solarplanning works across the board on policies that reduce cost, improve access,• PACE & other financing solutions reward value, and drive the necessary transformations in our energy• Siting & environmental review infrastructure to build a clean energy future.
We work with policymakers: of our skilled advocacy peers by When it’s time to take action, we collaborating wherever possible. mobilize our supporters and givePolicy leaders across the Whether it’s sharing our deep them the easy tools they need tocountry are showing policy design expertise or make their voices heard tounprecedented support for highlighting best practices from the policymakers.cleaner, cost effective energy. successful efforts of others, weBut solar policy is complex and provide the tools, guidance andchanging all the time. We help We commit for the long-term: support needed to help othersregulators and legislators make a difference in their ownunderstand solar policy options, Each law and program communities and nationwide.quantify their costs and benefits, successfully enacteddraft legislation, and implement We work with people: requires sustainedthe solar programs that will attention to make sure it isbenefit individuals, businesses We are a grassroots organization implemented correctly,and communities alike. with approximately 60,000 operating effectively, members from all 50 states. Our protected from opposingWe work with advocates: social media channels reach 15,000 interests, and amended fans and followers. We help these when necessary. We stayWe aim to transform one of this solar supporters stay informed the course and maintaincountry’s most powerful about the latest in U.S. solar policy watchdog vigilance toindustries, and we can’t do it and market trends through emails, make sure positivealone. We make the most of our blog posts, social media, webinars progress is made.own limited resources and those and strategic press outreach.
Vote Solar StaffAdam Browning, Executive Director Adam co-founded Vote Solar after working on the successful campaign for SanFrancisco’s 2001 solar bond. Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the Environmental Protection Agencywhere he ran an award-winning pollution prevention program.Gwen Rose, Operations Director Gwen directs Vote Solar’s strategic organizational operations. Her prior work inMarin County’s solar and climate protection programs earned the “Best Progress in the Western Region” Award fromthe Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative.Rick Gilliam, Director of Research & Analysis Rick is Vote Solar’s analytical and quantitative powerhouse. He wasformerly Vice President of Mountain West Government Affairs for SunEdison and held prior roles at WesternResource Advocates, the Public Service Company of Colorado and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission(FERC). He lives in Boulder, CO.Jim Baak, Utility-Scale Solar Policy Director Jim leads Vote Solar’s utility-scale solar program focused ondeveloping the market for centralized solar power plants. Jim joined Vote Solar from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., oneof the largest utilities in the U.S.Kelly Foley, Regulatory Director & Legal Counsel Kelly works primarily in California, focusing on the integrationof both distributed and large scale solar energy. She has extensive energy law experience, including more than adecade spent as regulatory counsel for Sempra Energy and PG&E. She holds a J.D. from the University of MichiganLaw School.Rosalind Jackson, Director of Communications & Development Rosalind supports Vote Solar campaigns andorganizational growth through media, member and donor relations. Rosalind came to Vote Solar with five years ofclean energy public relations experience. She has a degree in Environmental Science and Mass Communicationsfrom UC Berkeley.Annie Lappé, Solar Policy Director Annie leads state campaigns throughout the West and Midwest. She rejoinedVote Solar after managing government affairs in the Interior West for SunEdison. She was previously with the Allianceto Save Energy. She holds environmental policy degrees from Oxford University and UC Santa Cruz. She lives inBoulder, CO.Peter Olmsted, East Coast Solar Advocate Based in Pennsylvania, Peter is responsible for advancing solar policy inthe Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Peter was previously lead energy policy staff for the Delaware Senate Energy& Transit Committee. He holds a Masters of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.Susannah Churchill, Policy Advocate Susannah directs Vote Solar’s distributed solar advocacy efforts in California.Prior to joining Vote Solar she was a Senior Regulatory Analyst at the CPUC and an Advisor to a Commissioner at theCEC. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.Hannah Masterjohn, Policy Advocate Hannah leads our work on Shared Solar business models and East Coaststates. She previously managed the Solar America Cities program at the Department of Energy. She has degrees inEnvironmental Policy and Political Economy from UC Santa Barbara and Clark University. Hannah is based in upstateNew York.Ash Lauth, Outreach Associate Ash is focused on building the solar movement from the grassroots up. She bringsyears of organizing experience on energy and environmental issues to her role. Ash is Green Corps trained, holds adegree in English & Politics from the University of Puget Sound, and is completing a Masters in Environmental Studiesat Prescott College. 8
Vote Solar is a project of the TidesCenter, a 501(c)3 charitable 2012 Funding Sourcesorganization, and the TsunamiFund, a 501(c)4 non-profitorganization. We are primarilyfunded through the generosity ofgrantmaking foundations, withadditional support from corporategiving, individual donors andpublic funds.Make a Donation: Vote Solarwelcomes credit card donations ofall sizes online at:www.votesolar.org. Donations bycheck can be mailed to us at theaddress below. 101 Montgomery St. Suite 2600 San Francisco, CA 94104 www.votesolar.org www.votesolar.org/blog www.twitter.com/votesolar