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 Susan Badger-Jones

Susan Badger-Jones
NE Oregon Outreach Advisor
Trade Ally Recruiter
Energy Trust of Oregon

 

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  Susan Badger-Jones, is an independent consultant  working for the last three years as Energy Trust of Oregon’s NE Oregon Outreach Advisor. She handles general outreach for all Energy Trust programs and regional trade ally development in the five rural counties of NE Oregon. She’s lived and worked in that region for more than 30 years with a four-year stint in Bend as Building Green Program Manager, Green & Solar Home Tour coordinator and special projects consultant with 3EStrategies. She has also worked for PECI. A deep background in public relations and business gives extra power to her work in energy efficiency and renewables—a career direction change brought about largely because of her interest in passive solar residential design and sustainable communities. She’s in her second term on the Board of Solar Oregon and has been instrumental in launching the Wallowa County Green and Renewables Weekend, Union County Solar Fair and the city of Pendleton’s Solarize Pendleton, as well as increasing the number of solar contractors in Eastern Oregon and supporting other renewable. Susan lives in Joseph, where she enjoys outdoor activities and involvement in the writing scene. She has two grown daughters. She can be reached at 541.263.1103 or at sbadgerjones@eoni.com.

 

 Jennifer Barker

Jennifer Barker
Executive Director
EORenew

 

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  Jennifer Barker has lived off-grid full-time since 1988. She purchased her first solar module in 1989, and wired up her own small solar electric system at her eastern Washington backcountry ski lodge. In the 1990s, while enjoying the solar life with her husband Lance, she worked for the Malheur National Forest as a Fish-wildlife-botany technician. Since 1999, she has been the Executive Director of EORenew, the nonprofit organization that sponsors SolWest Fair and numerous energy education activities in eastern Oregon. Jennifer is a Certified Residential Energy Auditor, and has received an Oregon Solar Pioneer Award. She most enjoys teaching energy concepts and energy physics to school children, as they are the next generation who must adapt to the "new normal" in energy.  
     

 Kacia Brockman

Kacia Brockman
Senior Solar Project Manager
Energy Trust of Oregon

 

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 Kacia Brockman is Senior Solar Program Manager for Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit organization that invests "public purpose funding" in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Her program offers financial incentives that have resulted in more than 15 megawatts of new, distributed solar power generation in Oregon since 2003, provides quality assurance, promotes solar training for the trades and supports public awareness and education. She serves on the board of Solar Oregon, has a B.S. in Engineering Physics and worked 10 years in telecommunications engineering before redirecting her career into renewable energy.  
 

 

   

 Claire Carlson

Claire Carlson
Education Coordinator
Solar Oregon

 

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 Claire Carlson is the Education Coordinator for Solar Oregon a nonprofit education and outreach organization that has been encouraging Oregonians to choose solar energy for 30 years.  Claire works to connect individuals and business across the state with the information they need to make informed decisions about solar energy through workshops, K-12 curriculum, online resources, and social media. A native Oregonian who graduated from Portland State with a BA in Political Science, Claire traveled extensively and worked in the legal field before joining Solar Oregon in 2009. When she’s not at work you can find her going up a mountain or down a river.  
     

 Rob Del Mar

Rob Del Mar
Senior Solar Policy Analyst
Oregon Department of Energy

 

 

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 Rob Del Mar has worked in the solar energy industry for 10 years.  His career started in the private sector where he worked as a mechanical systems engineer at consulting firm in New England.  He was responsible for the design, construction and monitoring of commercial and residential solar thermal energy systems. Rob now works for the Oregon Department of Energy as a Senior Policy Analyst.  He is responsible for technical support, training and policy development for solar technologies. Rob has a degree in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University.  
     

 Christopher Dymond

Christopher Dymond
Solar Technical Development
enXco

 

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 Christopher Dymond is a Solar Technical Developer with enXco. He handles the technical issues for development of solar energy projects for the firm, including the evaluation of sites, equipment choices, design options and efficiency measures. He previously served as a Senior Energy Analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy.

 
     

Kendal Hansen

Kendal Hansen
Residential Solar Energy Field Advisor
Conservation Services Group

 

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 Since 2006, Kendal Hansen has worked for Conservation Services Group, a nonprofit organization promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy resources nationwide. She currently represents Energy Trust of Oregon as a Residential Solar Energy Advisor supporting both the New Homes Program and the Existing Homes Program by visiting with homeowners, builders and developers to inform and educate on incorporating solar energy systems into their projects. With a biology degree from Emory University and a background in deconstruction, construction and energy efficiency, she enjoys educating people on timely opportunities for decreasing energy use in their homes in an effort to lower our impact on the planet.  
     

Art Hill

Arthur Hill
Vice President Economic Development
Blue Mountian Community College

 

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Arthur J. “Art” Hill is Vice President for Economic Development at Blue Mountain Community College and Director of the college’s Small Business Development Centers.  He is also a small business owner and holds an M.B.A. in Finance.

Art has been an active advocate of renewable energy as a driver of economic development on a local, national, and global scale.  He has worked with Energy Trust of Oregon and Solar Oregon to host workshops and Solar University presentations at BMCC.  He has developed partnerships with European manufacturers of LED lighting and high efficiency industrial motors.  As founding Chair of the Pendleton Progress Board, he facilitated the Blue Sky initiative that resulted in recognition of Pendleton under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. 

Projects at BMCC include the design of a new campus center in Hermiston for LEED certification, solar heating of the McCray athletic center pool, training for solar contractors, and a planned ground-mounted photovoltaic array on the hillside above the Pendleton campus that will be one of the largest in Oregon. Each project includes access for educational instruction.

Art’s affiliations include the Oregon Growth Account Board, responsible for allocating lottery funds to venture funds for investment in growing Oregon companies.  Investor portfolios include solar technology companies and companies with a strategic commitment to renewable energy.

 
     

Don Hollis

Don Hollis
Renewable Energy Coordinator
USDA Rural Development


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Don Hollis is the Renewable Energy
Coordinator for USDA Rural Development in Oregon. Don Graduated from the University of Idaho with Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education. After teaching agriculture for one year at Weiser High School Mr. Hollis went to work for Farmer Home Administration as a Farmer Program Specialist in 1985 and in 1998 was advanced to the position of Rural Business-Cooperative Specialist. Don became Oregon Rural Development Renewable Energy Coordinator in 2002 and in the summer of 2004 was detailed to Washington DC to assist in writing the National Regulation for USDA’s energy programs.

 
     

Andria Jacob

Andria Jacob
Program Manager
City of Portland

 

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 Since 2005, Andria Jacob has been a program manager in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, where she oversees the design and delivery of resource efficiency programs to both residential and business audiences. Andria has over twelve years of experience working on energy and sustainability-related programs. She’s excited to bring her management and implementation expertise to the BEST Business Center. When she’s not working, Andria can be found playing with her family in their wonderful organic backyard garden, listening to music, or avidly reading. Andria and her husband Brian volunteer their time restoring conservation lands in the Columbia River watershed.  
     

Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson
Public Works Director
City of Pendleton

 

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Bob Patterson has worked for the City of Pendleton as a regulatory specialist, a special project engineer and currently as the Director of Public Works.  He is experienced with infrastructure planning, development, design, construction and administration. His work has given him a wide range of experience with regulatory issues and implementation at the local level. Pendleton has taken a leadership role in Eastern Oregon during Bob’s time with the City by implementing commercial, municipal and residential solar installations. Pendleton’s renewable energy future includes a waste to energy program and an aquifer storage and recovery-energy recovery project.  
     

 Lee Rahr

Lee Rahr
Residential Solar Program Coordinator
City of Portland

 

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 For over 10 years, Lee Rahr has been working in natural resource conservation and regional planning, and most recently has coordinated the solar program at the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Lee works closely with Portland’s residential community explaining the benefits of solar energy and works to identify new innovative ways to make going solar easier and more affordable. Lee graduated from Lewis & Clark Colleges with a B.A. in International Affairs and received a Masters at the University of Oregon in Community and Regional Planning.

 

 
     

Lizzie Rubido

Lizzie Rubido
Sr. Residential Solar Project Manager
Energy Trust of Oregon

 

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 Lizzie Rubado manages the residential solar incentive program for Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit organization that invests "public purpose funding" in energy efficiency and renewable energy. During her five years with Energy Trust, Lizzie has established innovative programs and successful collaborations between city, state and private organizations to increase market demand for renewable energy in Oregon. Under her leadership, the number of residential solar installations statewide has quadrupled.

Lizzie has a degree in Physics from Whitman College. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a spirited black and white cat, and three hardworking backyard chickens.

 
     
 Jaimes Valdez

Jaimes Valdez
Renewable Energy Specialist
City of Portland

 

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 Jaimes has over 5 years of experience in sustainability consulting, especially in helping non-profits, governments, and businesses make the shift to clean, renewable energy sources.  He has degrees in Physics and Environmental Studies, and particularly enjoys the quantitative details of energy efficiency and resource use.  In his role with the BEST Business Center he works to connect small businesses in Portland with the tools and resources that they need to incorporate sustainability into their operations.  He also serves as our renewable energy specialist.While an avid cyclist, he also is an enthusiast of efficient motorized vehicles powered by electricity and recycled vegetable oil.  He serves on the board of the Columbia Gorge Earth Center, volunteers regularly with Columbia Riverkeeper, and tends to his chickens and garden.  
     

 
 
 
 
 

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