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Founded in 1979, Solar Oregon is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization providing public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choose solar energy.
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                              Board                                             Staff


Alan Scott, President Linda Barnes Evan Manvel, Executive Director
Bruce Barney, Secretary Gordy MolitorTreasurer Joshua Baker,  Program Manager
Nay Shayan Gene Mills
Maralena Murphy, Bookkeeper
Doug Boleyn, Past President  Cameron Coleman
Zach Henkin Corey Omey
Andria Jacob
Norma Dulin

Jim Wall Michael O'Brien

Claire Carlson Kevin Duell
Andy Noel

 



Evan Manvel

Interim Executive Director


 Evan Manvel Headshot


 

 

Evan is a long-time conservation leader in the Pacific Northwest, with more than two decades of experience in advocacy, communications, and strategic management. 

Before joining the Solar Oregon staff in July 2014, he served as the Director of Policy, Planning, and Government Affairs for the Cascade Bicycle Club. He has been the Legislative Affairs Director for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the Research and Education Director for 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Evan grew up knowing the benefits of solar first-hand. In the late 1970s his parents added passive solar and solar water heating to their Colorado home. Manvel has enjoyed seeing the presence and power of solar energy grow across the globe ever since.

Manvel holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College. He enjoys backpacking, beer, biking, and spending time with his wife Lillie and daughter Beasley. 




Joshua Baker

Program Manager

 

 

 
Josh Baker headshot


 

josh@solaroregon.org

As Solar Oregon's Program Manager, Joshua works with individuals and communities across the state to access information and resources to pursue their solar energy goals. In additional to leading the organization's work to reduce and remove ‘soft cost’ barriers to getting solar installed in the region, Joshua supports Solar Oregon's solar basics workshop offerings and outreach events.

Prior to working at Solar Oregon, Joshua became active in the sustainable energy sector while serving as the Energy Leadership Coordinator at Focus the Nation, a national sustainable energy non-profit. There Joshua supported the development and implementation of programs bringing a sustainable energy projects to campuses and communities around the country.

Joshua grew up on a small family farm in upstate New York, before attending Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. After he earned a B.A. degree, he came to Portland to help direct outreach campaigns on behalf of different national organizations. He continued to develop community organizing experience serving as a campus organizer for the Oregon Student Association before joining Focus the Nation’s staff.

 


Maralena Murphy

Bookkeeper


 




 

 



 

Alan Scott

Board President

Alan Scott


Director

YR&G

An Oregon registered architect and sustainable building consultant, Alan now works as a Director with YR&G Sustainability, guiding high performance building projects. Personally consulted on dozens of LEED projects in North and South America with a consistent focus on owner’s goals and unique opportunities of each project. Experienced trainer that has conducted numerous workshops and seminars in the US, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Russia tailored to the unique needs of the participants.

Deeply engaged in sustainable design for over 25 years. Designed green buildings long before LEED existed and became the 13th LEED Accredited professional in the world. American Institute of Architects recently recognized career-long commitment to sustainable building with elevation to the AIA College of Fellows, and USGBC/GBCI recognized in first ever class of LEED Fellows.

He updated his 100+ year-old house with new insulation and windows, efficient lighting and a radiant floor heating system, and topped that off with a 3kW PV array. The house sports other green features including water efficient fixtures, salvaged and recycled materials, native plants and on-site stormwater management, and was featured on the City of Portland's Build It Green Tour four years in a row.

 Doug Boleyn

Past Board President

 

Doug Boleyn 2

Cascade Solar


Doug Boleyn, P.E., received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from Oregon State University. He has been involved in solar energy since building his first residence with a solar heating system in 1974. He was employed for 22 years at Portland General Electric (PGE) Company as their solar and renewable energy consultant. After leaving PGE, Doug formed Cascade Solar Consulting, LLC, performing a broad range of solar consulting services. Then from 2009-2012, he was employed by the Energy Trust of Oregon as its Commercial Solar Program Manager, from which he retired.

Mr. Boleyn has had numerous papers published in professional journals in the last 30 years, where his solar experience has included solar thermal (active and passive solar heating systems) and solar photovoltaic systems. He is a Life Member of the American Solar Energy Society and Solar Oregon. He and his wife Emily are enjoying their second solar home in Happy Valley, OR.


Linda Barnes


Linda Barnes

 

Principal, FAIA, LEED AP

Merryman Barnes Architects Inc.

 

 

Linda Barnes, FAIA is a LEED accredited professional and a licensed architect in the states of Oregon and Arizona. Linda is a principal of the all women-owned architectural firm of Merryman Barnes Architects where every design decision has energy implications. Solar projects for the firm have included commercial, multifamily and single family residential projects. LEED certified projects have included new and remodeled buildings. Strategies have included energy efficient envelopes, passive design, Trombe walls, solar water heating and photovoltaics.

Linda has been involved with Solar Oregon for over 20 years and has supported educational events and tours. Educated in Arizona, Linda is thankful for all the solar advocates in Oregon working diligently to demonstrate how solar works in Oregon.


Bruce Barney

Secretary

Bruce Barney


Project Manager, Customer Energy Resources


Portland General Electric

 

Bruce is currently Project Manager for the Portland General Electric Customer Energy Resources group. The majority of his work at PGE is managing dispatchable generation projects, but he also manages the net metering program. Net metering allows customers to interconnect their electricity generation (solar, wind, etc) with PGE’s grid to help offset their own power usage. Bruce works with many different groups within PGE, in addition to many of the company's customers, large and small, residential or commercial. His work also takes him in front of the Oregon PUC, TV and radio audiences, and other public forums.

Bruce's previous experience includes work in construction management and design-build contracting. He holds degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Oregon, and has a 3kW solar electric system at his home.

Cameron Coleman

Cam Coleman

COO 

Intermountian Energy Partners

Cam has worked in the renewable energy industry for 7 years on a wide variety of projects and has supported clean tech industry development. He is a founding partner and COO at Intermountain Energy Partners, where he has been involved in developing 241 Mega watts of solar in Idaho and has lead Solar development activities in Mexico.  
He has been involved in the design and integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar electric vehicle charging stations, solar thermal projects, small hydro power generation, and energy storage systems.

Cam’s past experience also includes almost 20 years in the construction industry as director of operations, sales manager, project manager and NABCEP trainer. In his free time, Cam enjoys riding his bike, practicing yoga, and spending time with his wife of 26 years and their three grown children.

 

Corey Omey

Board President-Elect

 

Corey Omey2

Partner

Ernest Munch Architects LLC

Corey is an avid solar supporter, with solar on his own home that he remodeled with his wife, Deb.  Their home is often shown on green home tours and is a model of how to incorporate energy efficiency, modern aesthetics, durability, art, light, renewable energy, and recycled, reclaimed, and re-used materials into a remodel project.   Corey also volunteers with the Northwest Earth Institute, is an active member and volunteer with GRiT, the Green Roof information Thinktank, and is a Solar Ambassador for Solar Oregon.

Corey began his professional career in 1998 as an intern with Ernest Munch Architects LLC, working as part of the team on retail, winery, and housing projects. Corey is a LEED AP, and registered architect in Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, and California.

Corey received his BS in architecture from University of Michigan, and MS in architecture from University of Oregon.  While at the University of Oregon, as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, and for two years after as an assistant professor, Corey co-taught the Building Enclosures course.  His skills include extensive knowledge of building systems, details, and project coordination.

Gene Mills

Gene Mills

Solar and Clean Energy Program Manager

Platt Electric

Gene Mills is the Solar and Clean Energy Program Manager at Platt Electrical Supply of Beaverton. His work includes developing solar training programs in support of 120 Platt branches in 8 western states, and coordinating corporate strategies called Clean + Efficient + Smart.

Prior to his work with the solar market, Gene was the director of curriculum at Blue Volt of Portland where he developed training programs for distribution companies’ online universities and national training programs.  Gene holds Training & Development Certificates from Portland State University.

Jim Wall

 Jim Walls

Lake County Resource Initiative

 
Jim Walls is the Executive Director of Lake County Resources Initiative (LCRI), a non-profit that works on natural resource projects that include federal forest management, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind and small hydro projects in south-central Oregon.

Jim has served on the Oregon's Renewable Energy Working Group and Oregon Way Advisory Group for federal stimulus groups. Before coming to LCRI, Jim retired from the Natural Resource Conservation Service after 33 years.

Claire Carlson

Claire

Lockheed Martin

As Executive Director of Solar Oregon she worked to connect individuals and business across the state with the information they need to make informed decisions about solar energy. During her time at Solar Oregon she led and supported more than 20 solar bulk purchase programs installing over 3.5 MW of distributed residential and small commercial solar and directly managed and won over 50 grants and contracts for public and private entities. Her work in the solar energy field has gained her a reputation as a trusted source of information bringing together government, utility and private stakeholders to lead the way to a clean energy future.

Currently Claire is applying her experience to drive program development and innovation for Lockheed Martin and Energy Trust of Oregon's Existing Multifamily Program.  In her free time Claire is outdoors as much as possible and you can usually find her on a river paddling and competing in Dragon Boat and Outrigger Canoe racing. 

Gordy Molitor

Board Treasurer

Gordy Molitor

Gordy Molitor is an experienced manager with domestic and international not-for-profits. His first efforts at increasing solar energy in Oregon date back to 1982, when he organized one of the state’s first solar-energy technician training programs.  More recently, he was the Executive Director for Green Empowerment, an organization promoting renewable energy in the developing world. In between, Gordy worked overseas for 20 years with the international relief and development agency, CARE international.

Andria Jacob

Andrea Jacob

Program Manager

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Andria Jacob manages a portfolio of clean energy programs for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She has 15 years of experience designing and delivering innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability programs. Andria helped found Clean Energy Works Oregon and Solarize Portland, both nationally-recognized clean energy programs.

Andria began her career in energy efficiency at E Source in Boulder, Colorado and worked for Ecos Consulting  in Portland for several years prior to joining BPS. She holds an MA in environmental policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in economics from Lehigh University. When not at work, Andria can be found playing with her son, gardening or curled up with a book.

Norma Dulin

 

Norma Dulin

Founder

Leap Strategies


Norma is a marketing and communications pro with a focus on complex subjects –building design and construction, energy and water efficiency, renewables, and related water and transportation concerns. Over the past 25 years she has helped the U.S. Department of Energy launch or expand two national efficiency programs, been editor of Arizona Solar News and Energy News, helped promote utility energy efficiency programs, and guided numerous companies in winning sustainability-focused projects.  In 2010 she founded the consultancy, Leap Strategies, specializing in marketing strategy, messaging, and writing.

Norma holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College, with a dual major in biology and political science focused on U.S. Environmental Policy. She is a board member with the Society for Marketing Professional Services, is former board president of Public Media Works, and is a past board member of the Academy of Hope adult literacy program in Washington, DC.

In her leisure time she works on her landscape,  hikes and backpacks, ponders contemporary art, and reads authors ranging from Stegner to LeGuin to Saramago.

Zach Henkin


Zach Henkin

Program Manager

Drive Oregon

Zach Henkin is a Program Manager for Drive Oregon, a non-profit organization representative of the growing electric vehicle industry in Oregon, where he specializes in workplace charging and electric vehicle deployment. Coming from a business development and marketing background, Zach has played a key role in several community led Solarize projects in Multnomah, and Clackamas County and has been passionate about contributing to the promotion of clean energy wherever possible.

Zach and his family live in an efficient Clean Energy Works retrofitted home in Oregon City where Zach contributes to the sustainable development dialog as a member of the Oregon City Planning Commission. Zach earned his MBA with a focus on Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University in 2013, and his BA is Professional Writing in 2006. 

Michael O'Brien

 

Michael OBrian

 Policy Associate

Renewable Northwest Project

Michael serves as a Policy Associate at Renewable Northwest Project, working on renewable energy legislation and policy throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before going to RNP in mid-2012, Michael served in the House of Commons advising Members of Parliament on energy and climate policy in the UK. He has published numerous reports on a variety of energy issues ranging from renewable energy systems to low carbon economies.

In addition to his work with RNP, Michael is currently serving as an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of an Assessment Report focusing on Energy Systems. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. and a Masters of Science from the University of Birmingham as well as a Masters of Philosophy in Technology Policy from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.


Nay Shayan

 

Nay Shayan

Program Manager

Portland General Electric


Nay Shayan is the Program Manager for PGE’s Clean WindSM Renewable Power Program. PGE’s renewable programs are ranked number one for amount of renewable energy sold and number of renewable power customers according to the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Shayan manages the commercial & industrial program which has purchased more than 950 million kilowatt hours of new wind power since its inception in 2002.
 
In April 2013, Shayan helped install off-grid solar panels in rural Nicaragua. She volunteered with Green Empowerment, a Portland-based nonprofit that touts sustainable development worldwide. This was a perfect opportunity to bridge her two passions, renewable power and Latin America. In addition to enjoying Portland summers, you might find her salsa dancing on the weekends.
 
Shayan received her B.A. in Business from Western Washington University. She has nine years of experience in the energy/utility sector, including 5 years of agency side market research and 4 years of client side product marketing

 Andy Noel

Andy Noel

Milo Solar

Andy Noel has been active in the renewable energy field in Oregon since 2002. He has managed regional Portland offices for national solar companies, while developing hundreds of solar projects in the residential, commercial, and utility scale markets in the Northwest. Andy understands the importance of the regional policy frameworks needed to run a successful solar business in both the financing and construction aspects of the solar marketplace, while also understanding the challenges solar business owners have in sustaining themselves.

He has previously been an active Board member for Oregon Solar Energy Industries Associations, and provided policy input to various programs such as the Solar Payment Option (FIT) and a community solar program concept. Andy lives in SE Portland with his wife and two sons.  He currently works for Milo Solar 

Kevin Duell

 
Kevin Duell
Kevin Duell is a native Oregonian, long-time Portlander, amateur ballroom dancer, recreational tree climber, singer/songwriter, world traveler, and can be a real goof-ball.  Since childhood he has been obsessed with energy efficiency, recycling and renewable energy. He really enjoys his new job selling construction projects – upgrading buildings for sustainability and energy efficiency, a nice transition from many years of design engineering . Those who have worked with Kevin say it is always a pleasure to work with him. His attention to detail and ability to think outside the box are highly valued traits that help make every project run smoothly. His ability to communicate clearly and easily with others is an asset that enhances every project he touches.
 
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