In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    Kristal Hansley is the first female African American CEO within the community solar industry in the United States. She is the founder of WeSolar, a community solar company located in Baltimore, that…

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This article was originally published in the February issue of NCSEA’s Clean Energy Storyteller. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with one of North Carolina’s stellar leaders in clean energy, Starlette Hodge. Our Executive Director Ward Lenz initially brought her work to my attention, naming her “one of his favorite people.”…

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This article was originally published in the February issue of NCSEA’s Clean Energy Storyteller. Having grown up in a conservative family, the importance of saving things, whether it be food or water, was always a personal value of Carl Wilkins. Conserving energy was no different. This value prompted a natural curiosity for the future for…

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North Carolina’s entire clean energy industry is mourning the loss of Alex Hobbs, a man who played an instrumental role in creating the clean energy economy we enjoy today. Alex, who passed away on January 31, 2021, had an oversized impact on our state and the entire southeast. “Alex was one of the Board leaders who hired me as NCSEA’s first Policy Director in…

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In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    André Taylor is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. André’s research areas include nanoscale assembly, electrocatalyst synthesis,…

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In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    Jason Carney is the founder and CEO of Energy Electives and President of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association. Jason also works to bring solar energy education to communities of color.   Jason wasn’t always aware of…

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In honor of Black History Month, NCSEA will post a weekly blog post throughout February to honor the contributions African Americans have made towards advancing the clean energy landscape across the United States.    Born as Hazel Reid in 1937, Hazel O’Leary became the first African American and the first woman to hold the position of United States Secretary of Energy.  Hazel was…

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