Kristen Nicole is a solar industry and power systems professional. Her research focus has been on strategies to address the power systems integration and variability challenges associated with solar energy and other renewable technologies. She has contributed to national efforts in grid integration research, including the application of solar resource forecasting in transmission systems and new power electronic technologies and applications for distribution system and microgrid integration. Kristen attended Boston University as an undergraduate and The George Washington University for her MBA.
Meghan resides in Denver, Colorado and works a freelance energy consultant. She is the former Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity. In that role, she worked closely with company and industry leaders, nonprofits, and state and federal policymakers and regulators, to craft and implement policies that provided a more stable business environment for solar electricity generation. Prior to working at SolarCity, she was employed as the legislative director for New York State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and the press secretary for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Meghan has also held policy positions at the World Bank; the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and a number of environmental organizations. In these positions, Meghan worked on, advocated for, and impacted a significant number of energy and environment-related issues and policies. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and Princeton University for graduate school. Outside of solar, she enjoys hiking, skiing and going to the theater.
A fierce solar energy business development professional, Kacie has sold, consulted and/or managed over $12 million in built solar PV projects. She has also taken an active role on drafting initiatives to help expand the industry nationwide. Kacie began her career in solar PV in 2010 as the Director of Marketing for Suntricity Power, the latest residential PV contractor in Delaware at the time. In 2012, she moved to Chicago and began working with Renewable Energy Alternatives (REA), a firm specializing in residential and commercial installations. The same year, Kacie joined the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) as a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, Kacie organized ISEA's first statewide conference for k-12 solar education and worked with over a dozen schools to design and build solar arrays. In 2014, Kacie signed on with Microgrid Energy as the regional sales manager for the Chicago market, where she helped craft the largest residential bulk purchase of solar in the region, Solar Chicago. She currently oversees a team of commercial professionals developing large-scale commercial, non-profit and municipal solar energy projects.
Sara Rafalson has worked at D.C. based solar finance firm Sol Systems since 2011 where she manages channel relationships with solar installers and other strategic partners, oversees the customer service team, and leads many of the company's marketing and communications efforts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in International Studies, Spanish, and Sustainability. Outside of solar, Sara enjoys water polo, books, cooking, and the outdoors.