About Vote Solar

History

The Vote Solar Initiative was founded after the successful effort to pass a ballot initiative for a $100 million revenue bond in San Francisco in November, 2001. With the goal of building the economies of scale necessary to bring down solar's costs, Vote Solar worked to replicate the model in cities and states around the country. As the solar industry matured, new challenges rose to the forefront, and Vote Solar has expanded its operations accordingly. The fact is, there are serious regulatory roadblocks impeding solar's market development. In order to bring solar to scale, Vote Solar is working at the state level to implement the necessary policies to build robust solar markets — and pave the way for a transition to a renewable energy economy.

Gameplan

America's energy problems — from developing energy independence to fighting global warming — will only be solved by a national transition to renewable energy. Solar energy — clean, homegrown, and renewable — has the potential to play a large part of the solution. It is the fastest growing energy source in the world, but to date, market penetration has only scratched the surface of its potential. In order to bring the technology to scale, we need to bring down costs. Vote Solar works to build the economies of scale necessary to bring solar into the mainstream. We have two program areas: we help cities build large-scale and cost-effective solar projects; and we help states build robust solar markets.

Staff

Adam Browning, Executive Director

Adam co-founded the Vote Solar Initiative after working on the successful campaign for San Francisco’s 2001 solar bond. Prior to Vote Solar, Adam spent eight years with the Environmental Protection Agency where he ran an award-winning pollution prevention program.
adam@votesolar.org
415.817.5062

Gwen Rose, Deputy Director

Gwen designs and implements solar programs for states nationwide with a particular focus on Florida and Hawaii. Gwen joined Vote Solar from Marin County’s solar and climate protection programs, where her work earned the “Best Progress in the Western Region” Award from the Department of Energy’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative.
gwen@votesolar.org
415.817.5060

Claudia Eyzaguirre, Solar Advocate

Claudia leads municipal and state level solar advocacy efforts throughout the Western States. A GreenCorps trained campaigner, she came to Vote Solar after two years as the California Chapter Coordinator for the National Audubon Society.
claudia@votesolar.org
415.817.5065

Shaun Chapman, East Coast Campaigns Director

Based in New York, Shaun leads Vote Solar’s efforts on the East Coast. Shaun was previously with Network for New Energy Choices, where he focused on advancing net metering policies throughout the U.S.
shaun@votesolar.org
718.210.3640

Annie Carmichael, Federal Policy Director

Annie spearheads Vote Solar’s federal policy efforts as well as a number of state level initiatives. Annie recently finished her masters in environmental policy at Oxford University. Before that she spent several years advocating for energy efficiency policies at the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, DC.
annie@votesolar.org
415.817.5063

Jim Baak, Utility-Scale Solar Policy Director

Jim leads Vote Solar’s utility-scale solar program focused on developing the market for centralized solar power plants. Jim joined Vote Solar from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., one of the largest utilities in the United States, where he helped shape and manage the California Solar Initiative program.
jbaak@votesolar.org
415.817.5064

Rosalind Jackson, Director of Communications and Development

Rosalind supports Vote Solar campaign initiatives and organizational growth through media, member and donor relations. Rosalind comes to Vote Solar with more than five years of solar and renewable energy public relations experience. She has a degree in Environmental Sciences and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley.
rosalind@votesolar.org
415.817.5061

 

Address

The Vote Solar Initiative
300 Brannan Street, Suite 609
San Francisco, CA 94107

The Vote Solar Initiative is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Tides Center Through the Tides Center and the Tsunami Fund, Vote Solar has both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) non-profit status. Vote Solar has an active Board of Advisors that focuses on policy and strategy.

Vote Solar Initiative Board of Advisors