Prior to accepting the position as Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Lesley served on the ISEA board from September 2009 until April 2012. As a board member she was Chair of Marketing Committee. Lesley previously worked for Community Energy Inc.(CEI) as the Midwest Director of Business Development. She started with CEI in 2005 as the Residential Program Manager for the award winning City of Naperville Renewable Energy Program, and in 2006 added corporate and industrial sales to her responsibilities. Lesley also serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. She is grateful to have the opportunity to use her personal energy to help with the transition to the clean energy economy.
Nicola has been working in communications and administration in the nonprofit sector for over five years, after graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Literature. She is very passionate about renewable energy and is excited to help promote solar in the state of Illinois!
Brian is the President of Continental Energy Solutions. He leads a team of engineers, designers, project managers, and field electricians who design and install (EPC) renewable and microgrid solutions for their commercial, industrial, and institutional customers.
Brian is a Licensed Professional Engineer, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Brian has served on the ISEA Board of Directors for the past 10 years and has held the Executive Board positions of Secretary and Treasurer.
Courtney’s role at SunPower includes government relations, strategic business initiatives and new market entry. She and her team focus on shifting market and policy dynamics and its impact on SunPower products, sales and finance in the company’s residential, commercial and community solar and energy storage business nationwide.
Courtney brings fifteen years of experience in clean energy to ISEA. She has worked extensively in the areas of state and federal energy policy, utility DSM and DER programs, and decarbonization initiatives. She joined SunPower after working directly with electric and gas utilities, across the US and Canada, as Director of Distributed Energy Resources & Electrification Strategy at E Source. Her experience also includes policy and project development with cities, counties, states, and federal agencies while at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also directly supported clean energy initiatives with state legislators while working with the National Conference of State Legislatures. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Relations from Bowdoin College, and a Masters in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Dylan DeBiasi serves as Director of Regulatory Affairs for Carbon Solutions Group. In addition to his policy role at CSG he also currently leads the team focused on SRECS in Illinois where they have successfully bid into all SPV and DG SREC procurements held by the state. Dylan has also been an active member of the ISEA Policy committee since 2016. His prior experience includes working in a number of roles in environmental credit markets, including acting as a plant manager for a 10MMGPY bio-diesel plant.
Shannon currently serves as Illinois Solar Energy Association’s Policy Committee Chair, supporting the association’s legislative and regulatory work. As Edison Energy’s Director of Policy, she advises clients on legislative and regulatory affairs across the U.S. Previously, she managed state and federal policy initiatives as Director of Policy at SoCore Energy. Based in Chicago, Shannon has over 6 years of experience in energy policy analysis and governmental affairs. Shannon holds a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Lisa Albrecht is a board member for the ISEA, serving from 2007 - 2010 and then from 2012 to present. She served as Tour Organizer for the Solar Tour for 5 years and Co-Chair for the Policy Committee from 2010 to 2017, working to advance state and local legislation regarding incentives programs, permitting, net metering and interconnection. She worked at Solar Service for 12 years and in 2018 opened All Bright Solar, a design/installation company primarily focused on residential and small commercial projects in the Chicago area. She is a trained climate presenter through Vice President Al Gore’s organization the “Climate Reality Project” and frequently speaks on both solar and climate issues.
Kevin Borgia is an experienced advocate for clean energy at the state and federal levels. In his current role, Kevin manages Midwest legislative and regulatory affairs for Cypress Creek Renewables, one of the nation’s leading utility-scale solar developers.
Kevin has over ten years of experience in renewable energy policy. He was a Public Policy Manager for regional trade group Wind on the Wires for nearly six years, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Illinois Wind Energy Association for five years previously.
Lewis Butler is the Director of Policy and Business Development at Simpleray, a solar company focused on commercial, industrial, and small scale utility projects throughout the Midwest. Lewis also serves as a board member of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA). Prior to coming to Simpleray and the solar industry in 2017, Lewis taught economics at the college level, provided economic consulting services to businesses, campaigns, and civic groups, and was the founding Board President for a non-profit school. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Hillsdale College and an M.A. of Economics from George Mason University.
Shannon is the Vice President of Development for StraightUp Solar, a solar energy integration company and directs its Bloomington, IL office. She has been an ISEA-contributing member since 2004, a Board member starting in 2011, and was elected ISEA Board President from January of 2013 through 2017, rejoining the Board in 2019. Collaboration and strategic partnerships with industry and nonprofit solar advocates have been an important focus for her as ISEA has grown and increased state-wide engagement with the public, solar industry, and Illinois legislators. Shannon also serves as a Solar Ambassador for WECARE Solar, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing reliable solar electricity to health clinics in the developing world in an effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality. She is also a Licensed Professional Geologist with advanced degrees in Geology, Hydrogeology and Renewable Energy.
Dawn Heid is the CEO of Rethink Electric LLC, a solar and electrical company focused on commercial and residential installations in Illinois. She joined Rethink Electric in 2018 with a background in finance and the construction industry. She began working in the solar industry in 2017 and has been focusing her energy on helping to grow a strong market for renewable energy and bringing diversity to the workforce in the industry. She believes in solid partnerships within the industry and educating both consumers and political leaders on the benefits of reducing fossil fuel emissions.
Eric Peterman holds degrees of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University. Eric co-founded GRNE Solar in 2012. As the CEO he utilizes his diverse background in business development. Prior to GRNE Solar, he has held positions as a Management Consultant, Director of Business Operations, and Executive Director. To this day, Eric still finds himself pulling from his education and experiences. In a past life Eric was a member of the Chicago Bears football team and continues to stay active physically by participating in triathlons. Eric's background in strategic planning and process improvement lead the GRNE Solar team to new successes every day.
Jonathan Roberts is a Vice President of Development for Soltage, where he leads project and business development for the Midwest Region United States. Jonathan has over 10 years of combined experience in the utility and solar energy industry and has personally worked on over 80MW of projects in 7 states and internationally, ranging from rooftop C&I, to utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Prior to joining Soltage, Jonathan worked as Senior Project Manager at SoCore Energy, where he worked with a team to deploy solar capacity across North America, as well as other power generation projects worldwide. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Engineers Without Borders - USA Chicagoland Professionals Chapter & as Chair of the EWB-USA Energy Standing Content Committee. He was been both a technical advising & traveling EWB-USA member involved with and mentor to energy projects in Belize, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mali, & Nepal. Jonathan has a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, an MBA from Iowa State University, and is a NABCEP certified as a PV Installation Professional (PVIP).
Sarah Wochos is the Director of Policy and Business Development in the Midwest for Borrego Solar. In this role Sarah works to design and implement solar programs throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Borrego Sarah spent 8 years at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, most recently as the Co-Legislative Director, working on energy policy throughout the Midwest. Throughout her time at ELPC she continuously worked on the development and implementation of the Illinois RPS, net metering and interconnection standards, and other pro-solar policies.
Served from 2002 - 2012
Mark is Director of Energy Services at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA). He has over 25 years experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Previously, Mark was Principal Consultant at Kestrel Development Company, providing consulting services on renewable energy policy, technology and market development. He was Sales and Marketing Manager at Spire Solar, a manufacturing solar electric panels and designing systems. Mark also worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, last heading the Strategic Assistance Team for the Chicago Regional Office. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society, the ISEA and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Mark holds a BS in Alternative Energy from Jordan College of Cedar Springs, Michigan and an MA in Environmental Studies and Urban Geography from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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