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Advisory Councils

There are three advisory boards and councils: Steering Committee, Advisory Board, and the National Administrator.

Steering Committee

 The Steering Committee’s purpose is to coordinate all the programs and activities within the networks activities. It is the prime committee that directs the network activities. The Steering Committee is composed of the contact individuals from each of the partner states and territories. As faculty and instructors are trained, these individuals will become members of the Steering Committee. The members of the Steering Committee are:

  • David Block, Chairman, Florida Solar Energy Center
  • John Harrison, Vice Chairman, Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Liz Cochran, Energy Division/Alabama Dept. of Economic & Community
    Affairs, AL
  • J.D. Lowery, Arkansas Energy Office, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, AR
  • John Leeds, Office of Energy, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, FL
  • Adam West, Southface Energy Institute, GA
  • Kate Shanks, Div. of Renewable Energy, Dept. for Energy Development & Independence, KY
  • Terrence Spears, Mississippi Development Authority - Energy Division, MS
  • Energy Affairs Administration, PR
  • Katie Southworth, Department of Environment & Conservation, Office of Energy Programs, TN
  • U.S. Virgin Islands Energy Office, USVI
  • Christina Nichols, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Rose Marie Holsing, U.S. Department of Energy

Policy Advisory Board

This Advisory Board was appointed for the purpose of insuring that the curriculum and training is responsive to industry and market demands. The mission and composition of the Advisory Board was determined in consultation with the partnership states, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Consortium. The board is comprised of 15-25 members representing education and training, the solar industry, state and federal government agencies and selected regional economic development and workforce boards. The outputs of this task are recommendations on maintaining the programs, suggesting means of integrating the Network’s needs, expanding Workforce programs, encouraging partnerships between educational institutions and industries, and providing methods for sustainability. 

National Consortium Council

The National Administrator will provide coordination between all of the training networks established by the DOE program. The national network includes the regions of:

  • Mid-Atlantic States at Pennsylvania State University and North Carolina State University
  • Midwest at Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Inc
  • Northeast/New England at Kennebec Valley Community College and Hudson Valley Community College
  • Rocky Mountain States at Salt Lake Community College
  • South Central at Houston Community College
  • West Coast at California Community Colleges Board of Governors and
  • Southeast at Florida Solar Energy Center