The Advisory Council advises the N.C. Solar Center on fulfilling its mission of advancing a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through technical assistance, outreach and training. Members of the Advisory Council will have the opportunity to advise the strategic direction and programmatic focus of the Center. The Council is an active board that coordinates private sector involvement in economic development and technology endeavors that tell the clean energy story for this booming sector of North Carolina’s and the nation’s economy.
The membership of the Advisory Council will represent the programmatic focus of the N.C. Solar Center, including representatives from the solar, wind, bioenergy, advanced transportation, smart grid, industrial efficiency and green buildings industries, as well businesses that support the energy industry.
The Advisory Council will meet quarterly to provide feedback and help set priorities and goals for the Center. Membership on the Advisory Council is by invitation only, and each candidate must meet the qualifications and agree to the roles and responsibilities of being a Council member.
Advisory Council Members
Allen Burchett, ABB, Inc
SVP, Strategic Initiatives and Business Development
John Monaghan, Piedmont Natural Gas
Senior Manager, Government Relations (NC)
Kenny Habul, SunEnergy1
President and CEO
Lee J. Peterson, Esq., CohnReznick, LLP
Senior Manager – Renewable Energy & Tax
Kerry Henderson, Gibbs & Soell
Principal & Managing Director
Ralph Thompson, Holocene Energy
President & CEO
Jason Epstein, Baker Renewable Energy
Executive Vice President
Lyle Estill, Piedmont Biofuels
John Jessup, N.C. Propane Gas Association
Tim Gasper, Brady Energy Services
Brian O’Hara, Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition