ISEA Board of Directors Election 2019-2021 Term
The ISEA has 3 Membership-Elected Board of Directors (BOD) positions to fill in the December 2018 election. These Directors will serve a two-year term, January 2019 - December 2021. ISEA needs Directors with diverse backgrounds and skill sets who represent various aspects of the solar, wind and other renewable energy fields, as well as individuals in potentially impacted industries, such as real estate, legal, finance, education, environment, transportation and manufacturing.
Candidates should have innate leadership, management and interpersonal skills, patience and good humor, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.
As the proud owner of a 10.8 kW solar installation, Mike Bullock is passionate about spreading the benefits of living with clean energy. He founded Saint Charles Solar, a solar financing firm focused on providing financing options for non-profit organizations. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve their business performance.
Mike has served as Treasurer for the past 2 years, been an active Solar Ambassador, and Instructor of MREA courses. He is a successful change agent, skilled in developing strategy and working with people, and is eager to advance our clean energy future.
Bob Croteau looks forward to serving the solar community for another term. He has been in the energy field since 1975 as a student in Sangamon State University’s innovative Environmental Studies program. He joined Community Energy Systems in 1979 designing solar hot air collectors, sunspaces and greenhouses. There he trained unemployed youth to build and install these solar applications as well as weatherize homes. He had his own insulation and solar business installing manufactured solar collectors from 1982-84. When the solar tax credit ended he joined City Water Light & Power’s Energy Services Office as an Energy Auditor. There he engineered and installed Springfield’s first PV system (2kW) on a homeless shelter in 1989 as a research project and presented the results at the National Solar Energy Conference in Washington D.C. He now serves as an Energy Planner with their solar programs and provided technical assistance in the installation of the Utility’s first large 250 kW PV array providing community solar and substation support in 2018. He has an MA in Environmental Energy Studies from UIS with his Master’s Project as a feasibility study for a 118-MW utility scale solar power plant. Bob is dedicated to environmental and renewable energy education and helps support the ISEA Solar Ambassador program. He is also a member of ISEA’s Municipal and Cooperatives Subcommittee working to implement fair Net Metering and Interconnection Agreement policies. He is a member or past member of the ISEA, ASES, MREA, IREA, ASHRAE, IES, Rocky Mountain Institute, ESource and Association of Energy Engineers.
As a lifelong resident and business owner in Northwestern Illinois, Paul Fosler understands the challenges and hardships that have faced the state for years. Fosler Construction is a union contractor that is a family-owned business that has operated in Northern Illinois for more than 20 years. Fosler Construction recently formed Fosler Solar, a renewable energy company that is marketing residential, commercial, and agricultural customers for PV systems.
Paul ran for the Stephenson County Board a few months before he had any idea what solar is, or how the county could benefit from the Future Energy Job Act. He will begin to serve on the Stephenson County Board the first week in December. Everyone on the County Board is very excited about what solar can bring to this region in respect to tax revenue, jobs, and increased infrastructure.
To respect the foundation of the Future Energy Job Act. Paul speaks for the Unite program that goes into local area high schools and talks about career path opportunities for students in emerging market. He has passed the exam for NABCEP associate and received several installation certifications working towards his NABCEP PV install certification.
Paul's goal is to increase use of renewable energy, create jobs and meet a growing market in the state, to diversify his company while bringing a local name and reputation to increase consumer confidence and create stability in the market.
Shannon Fulton is Director of Commercial Development for StraightUp Solar, a residential, commercial, and community solar development and installation company. She directs its office in Bloomington and has been in leadership with StraightUp for nearly 6 years. Shannon currently serves on ISEA’s Policy Committee and has been a member since 2004. She was a Board member during 2011-2016 and Board President from 2013 – 2016, during which ISEA collaborated with several organizations to pass the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act.
Shannon’s solar career began on the roof learning how to build solar electric systems so she could transfer such knowledge to individuals suffering from energy poverty in developing countries. She has served in many capacities at StraightUp Solar (installation, design, policy, business development, sales) and this experience gives her a unique perspective on the impacts smart solar policy has on solar businesses and the people they employ and serve.
Shannon lives her passion for ending energy poverty by working in Africa and Nepal as a Solar Ambassador with WeCare Solar, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing reliable solar electricity to health clinics in the developing world to reduce infant and maternal mortality. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist with degrees in Geology, Hydrogeology and Renewable Energy and is the happy owner of a 9.72kW solar PV system.
Shannon wants to rejoin the ISEA Board to help lead collaboration that will ensure the solar benefits of FEJA are realized as intended to advance the Illinois solar industry and associated job growth.
Brian Haug is the Director of Energy Solutions at Continental Electrical Construction Company. His division is responsible for finding creative and cost-effective ways to help their customers reduce their energy expenditures. Brian has been with Continental for 23 years, holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He leads a team ofengineers, designers, project managers, and field electricians who design and install innovative energy solutions for their commercial, industrial, and institutional customers. These solutions range from customized energy efficiency measures to fully integrated solar projects with battery storage microgrids.
Brian has served on the ISEA Board of Directors for the past 8 years and has held the Executive Board positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and currently presides as the President of the Association. During his time as Board President, the Board has significantly grown the association’s membership, has ensured financial stability for the organization, and is currently embarking on a growth strategy that will ensure the ISEA’s position as a true leader and thevoice of solar in Illinois.
Success for the organization in this time of growth and restructuring will require continuity and leadership from those chosen to lead. Brian continues to be up for the challenge to serve on the Board and ensure the members of the association have their voices heard so their businesses can prosper in Illinois’ burgeoning solar market.
As Public Policy Director for Sunrun, Amy Heart works to advance strong solar policies that protect and expand access to rooftop solar in the Midwest and beyond. She has been advocating for clean energy solutions in the Midwest for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining Sunrun, she worked with the City of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability working to reduce the soft costs of solar, and also worked with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Amy is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point and Marquette University Law School.
In Illinois, Amy is proud to say that she worked shoulder to shoulder with ISEA leadership, industry members, and community advocates to pass a strong Future Energy Jobs Act that works for all Illinois’ residents and supports a growing industry. She is specifically honored to have been able to facilitate the low-income coalition in creating Solar For All. But, we have more work to do, and she has no doubt that ISEA will be on the front lines. Amy hopes to support ISEA on the board to ensure successful implementation of FEJA, help smart expansion of clean energy goals, and give voice to our individual members and advocates from all corners of the state.
Bertold is an independent Solar PV Consultant and an ISEA Solar Ambassador and he has worked as an independent contractor for Ailey Solar Electric. Bertold’s motto is “Solar On Every Sunny Roof” and he wants to do his part to help society transition away from fossil fuels. He is an experimental physicist by training, spending years studying the interaction of light with matter. Bertold’s focus has since shifted from the microscopic scale to macroeconomics and he is helping home and business owners to go solar.
Josh is the president of Certasun LLC, Illinois’ premier home solar company. Certasun sells and installs residential solar systems throughout metro Chicago. Certasun’s No Surprises Guarantee ensures consumers get honest, straightforward advice about going solar, that their installations proceed smoothly, and that their experience with solar is exceptional.
Prior to Certasun, Josh served for nine years as managing partner of Woodlawn Associates, a management consulting firm focused on the renewable energy industry. At Woodlawn, he consulted to leading national utilities, residential solar dealers & installers, equipment manufacturers, financiers, and utility, commercial, and community solar developers. He is an expert at solar project financing, including tax equity.
Josh also serves as an elected commissioner of the Glencoe Park District. He is the treasurer and a trustee of Friends of the Green Bay Trail, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to removing invasive plants and restoring natives to a 17-mile pedestrian trail in suburban Chicago.
Josh looks forward to using his experience with strategy and finance in the energy industry, as well as in advising corporate boards and in serving on non-profit boards, to help ISEA succeed in promoting the adoption of solar in Illinois.
He lives in Glencoe, IL with his wife, Laura, and two sons, Ted (16) and Cal (14). In in his spare time he loves cooking and sailing on Lake Michigan.
Mike Nicolosi is seeking a second term on the ISEA board. Mike is the owner of Rethink Electric, an electrical contractor that focuses on solar design and installation. With this real world knowledge and experience, Mike understands the challenges the solar industry faces day to day. He has been on the policy committee for several years helping to shape FEJA from the early days. His knowledge of the solar industry goes back to 2005, when he first got started in the Las Vegas desert. Over the past 13 years he has built large megawatt sites, small off grid projects, and everything in between. He is a Chicago licensed Supervising Electrician, and earned NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ & Technical Sales™ certifications. With all of the challenges the solar industry faces over the next couple of years, he will bring experience and knowledge to help find solutions to our most pressing issues. Mike’s goal on the ISEA board will be to help grow a sustainable industry in Illinois for several decades to come.
Toba Pearlman has a unique set of skills and experience that will advance’s ISEA’s prominence in the state and its mission. She first began working with ISEA in 2014 when she was working for SolarCity, now Tesla. While in the role, Toba worked intimately with members of ISEA to help pass and improve the Future Energy Jobs Act. She understands the industry’s perspective and also understands the perspective of environmental nonprofits. Currently, she works for the Natural Resources Defense Council solely focused on encouraging the development of renewables across the Midwest. Her experience in media, policy, law, and relationships with other groups in Illinois will allow her to help ISEA. Through her work and as a current Board Member, Toba has promoted ISEA’s mission by alerting and directing reporters to ISEA and its members and flagging issues of concerns that arise in coalition work for example. She has used her legal background to guide advocacy in front of the Illinois Commerce Commission on behalf of solar and has been an extra person in meeting spotting issues that would impact solar in the state. If elected, Toba would continue this work and work with other board members to work towards a more well-funded and impactful ISEA. Thank you for your consideration.
Eric Peterman is the CEO and founder of GRNE Solar. Founded in 2012, GRNE Solar has proven to be a staple in the Illinois solar market due to the company’s ability to tackle projects that vary from residential rooftops to megawatt scale solar fields, GRNE Solar has shown the expertise that has received numerous accolades in the residential and commercial solar markets throughout Illinois and the Midwest.
Eric and the GRNE Team have adopted a culture of solar education which has lead them to work closely with municipalities to develop the solar building codes for Carpentersville and Round Lake Beach in Illinois.
Eric is born and raised in Springfield, Illinois and has lived in the state his entire life. He holds a degree of Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, along with the NABCEP solar professional certification. Eric has been heavily involved with ISEA as a personal and business member, as a contributor and participant in the ISEA Public Relations committee, as well as co-leading a residential working group with Amy Heart from Sunrun.
In a past life, Eric was a football player with Northwestern University and the Chicago Bears. Since then, his passion has been focused on sustainability and building solar energy systems. As someone that thrives on variety, Eric divides his time between business development and on-site installer.
Jonathan Roberts is a Director of Development with Soltage, LLC, a renewable energy provider based out of New Jersey that’s played a role in the nationwide solar industry since 2006. He serves in a role focused on direct development of solar projects for Soltage to own and operate long term, and he focuses primarily on Midwestern states. He lives in Chicago and have been involved with ISEA for a number of years, particularly in the Solar Lobby Day events in Springfield as well as other ISEA activities. Jonathan has spent his entire career since engineering school in the utility industry and he has been in the solar industry since 2014, previously working with SoCore Energy (now d.b.a. as Engie Distributed Solar) in a project management capacity overseeing engineering, procurement, and construction of roughly 51 solar projects in seven states. In his recent work, he has been focused on community solar projects in Illinois as part of the Future Energy Jobs Act’s Adjustable Block Program, and he looks forward to playing an active role in the burgeoning solar industry in the state as we collectively work towards the 25% in renewables in the state of Illinois by 2025, and possibly more.
Tim Sheldon is a solar energy system owner and Solar Ambassador for ISEA. Over the past year, he has given multiple public presentations, participated in the Solar Tour, lobbied for ISEA in Springfield, helped to manage ISEA’s Twitter account, convinced La Grange, IL to enter the SolSmart program, and submitted content for our website. You may have also seen him in the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition video advocating for FEJA and he has worked with the Citizens Utility Board to share information on going solar. As a director, he will provide a consumer’s perspective for the organization. As an educator and environmental advocate, he will provide insight into maximizing our organization’s message and outreach efforts. If elected, one of his main priorities will be ensuring that we remember that the average Illinoisan is still new to solar and that we need to bridge the knowledge gap that exists. As an educator with 20 years of experience in Chicago and suburban public schools, Tim knows how to communicate with Illinoisans from every walk of life - one of the main goals of our organization and the Future Energy Jobs Act.