The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced the addition of three companies to the national trade group’s board of directors: Tradewind Energy Inc., a Kansas City-based developer of utility-scale wind and solar projects; DEPCOM Power, a development, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance company for utility-scale solar; and McCarthy Building Companies Inc., a national general contractor.
The U.S. solar industry is facing challenges from coast to coast, none bigger than the pending Section 201 trade petition, claims SEIA. The association says it needs the support of industry leaders, and these three additions to its board of directors provide that leadership.
“The addition of these three great companies is another strong indication that the broader solar industry is stepping up to fight for this industry’s future,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “At a time when the solar industry is both enjoying significant growth and facing a trade challenge, DEPCOM, McCarthy and Tradewind Energy are making an important contribution to the whole industry, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
Tradewind is actively developing wind and solar sites in 22 states throughout the central and eastern regions of the U.S. The company was started in 2003 and has become one of the largest independent renewable energy developers in the country, according to SEIA.
“The work of SEIA is more critical than ever to the continued success of the solar industry, and so I am really excited to be joining the SEIA board, and I look forward to the work that lies ahead for this great industry,” says Rob Freeman, CEO of Tradewind Energy.
Founded in 2013, DEPCOM Power is a “Buy America Products First,” “Hire Military Veterans First” and “Donate 10% Net Income to Charity” company leveraging an experienced team of solar industry veterans.
“DEPCOM Power is proud to join the SEIA organization, and we look forward to bringing our power industry experience to SEIA’s board,” says Jim Lamon, CEO and founder of DEPCOM Power. “Our goal is to work diligently in SEIA to promote low-cost utility-scale PV solar to help America achieve energy dominance.”
One of the oldest American-owned construction companies, McCarthy Building Companies has been helping this great nation grow project by project, delivering facilities that communities rely on and building up neighborhoods by helping those in need, according to SEIA.
“We’re pleased to have Scott Canada joining the board of SEIA,” says Justin Kelton, president for McCarthy Building Companies. “His years of experience working in the solar industry will undoubtedly support the organization’s strong leadership role during this challenging regulatory time, while also serving to unite the many voices of our growing industry.”