CALSEIA Elects New Board Members, Officers

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has welcomed five leaders to its 15-member board of directors. The five new board members are the following:

  • Cathleen Monahan, senior programs director at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit making solar energy and job training accessible to underserved communities;
  • Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of the photovoltaic division at Mitsubishi Electric US, a PV module manufacturer headquartered in Cypress, Calif.;
  • John Berdner, vice president of regulatory and policy strategy at Enphase Energy, a global inverter manufacturer with headquarters in Petaluma, Calif.;
  • Norm Nielsen, CEO of Chico Electric, a contractor that specializes in commercial and agricultural clean energy project developments; and
  • Walker Wright, vice president of policy and strategy development at Green Charge Networks, an ENGIE company.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these five outstanding industry leaders to our board,” says CALSEIA Executive Director Bernadette Del Chiaro. “They represent the growing diversity of the California solar industry and, through their service, will help to guide and ensure the continued strength and growth of the California solar market.”

In addition to the election of new board members, CALSEIA has also elected new officers.

Ed Murray, president of Aztec Solar based in Rancho Cordova, replaces Rick Reed of SunEarth, as CALSEIA’s board president. Jeanine Cotter, president of Luminalt in San Francisco, was re-elected vice president of the board. Sanjay Ranchod, vice president of policy and electricity markets and regulatory counsel for SolarCity, was elected board treasurer. Benjamin Airth, senior manager of renewables at the Center for Sustainable Energy, was elected secretary.

“Solar remains one of the bright spots in California’s economy, and the strong leadership of CALSEIA’s board of directors will be critical to our continued growth,” adds Del Chiaro. “We thank them all for their service.”


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