02 Jan Solar Installers of Washington appoints Allison Arnold as first executive director
Seattle, WA – Solar Installers of Washington (SIW), the state’s solar trade association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Arnold as its first executive director.
Ms. Arnold brings to SIW nearly a decade of experience in renewable energy policy, marketing, and program management. Previously, she led policy advocacy, marketing, and communications for the U.S. solar business of global electrical products company, Mitsubishi Electric. Upon returning to her native Pacific Northwest, she served as Senior Fellow for Seattle-based angel investment group, E8, where she directed due diligence on early-stage clean energy companies.
As an active volunteer for the country’s largest solar non-profit, GRID Alternatives, Arnold participated in rooftop installations for low-income homeowners, promoted workforce development, and chaired the board of the organization’s first affiliate in Los Angeles. She is also involved with the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to expand solar access for low- and moderate-income households, and non-profits through the Solar in Your Community Challenge.
Arnold has served on the boards of state and national solar industry trade associations, including the California Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Alliance. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she received an environmental policy Masters degree.
Arnold joins a successful trade organization that represents an industry driving economic growth. Annual additions of solar capacity are expected to quadruple in the state over the next five years as prices continue to decline. “It is an exciting time for Solar Installers of Washington to build on its accomplishments to advance the solar industry in our state,” said Arnold. “I am honored by the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated members of Solar Installers of Washington to chart a course for the future of the association.”
The Board of Directors conducted a national search for a dynamic, collaborative, and resourceful leader. “After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board stood unanimously behind Allison Arnold. Her experience, knowledge of the industry, and vision for the future made her the ideal choice to take SIW to the next level,” said Dana Brandt, Board President. “Having such a deep pool of capable applicants reflects the interest that people have in SIW’s excellent work to grow and strengthen the solar industry.”
Since 2013, Solar Installers of Washington has worked closely with legislators, utilities, manufacturers environmental groups and other solar stakeholders to update and improve Washington’s policies to promote solar adoption and bolster a strong, sustainable solar industry in our state. For more information about Solar Installers of Washington, please visit www.solarinstallersofwa.org.