In a letter to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Board, Executive Director Glenn Hamer announced his resignation as SEIA’s Executive Director, pending the selection of a qualified replacement. Hamer announced he will Join Phoenix, Arizona-based First Solar, manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and begin serving in a senior executive role on May 1, of this year.Washington, D.C. – April 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] In Hamer’s own words to SEIA, “It has been a real privilege to work for SEIA over the past few years; my interactions with all of you have been professionally fulfilling and personally delightful, and I share in your justified pride and personal investment in the solar energy field. I hope to maintain contact in the future, as I will be remaining with the industry, (albeit in a place with a lot more sun.)” Hamer will be based in First Solar’s Phoenix, Arizona corporate office and will focus on strategic planning and business development initiatives designed to expand First Solar’s business in the U.S. “Glenn is a sound strategic thinker, knows how to forge strong working alliances and has worked tirelessly to expand the solar industry within the U.S.” said Mike Ahearn, CEO of First Solar. “We are excited that Glenn has decided to bring his experience, talent and enthusiasm to our team.” First Solar manufacturs solar modules with an advanced thin film process from its plant in Ohio. The products have been accepted in targeted markets and a two year production capacity expansion project in Ohio is nearing completion. “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure at SEIA and have found the working relationships with my staff, industry representatives and public officials deeply rewarding. First Solar offers unique opportunities to realize my growing commitment to bringing solar energy to mainstream markets” said Hamer. “I am excited to join the First Solar team and at the same time look forward to continuing strong working relationships with SEIA and its state chapters, as well as the numerous federal, state and local officials who share our commitment to solar energy and with whom I have established valued working relationships.” Hamer has served as the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industry Association since January 2001, where he has played a key leadership role in the rapidly growing U.S. solar industry. Before that, Hamer worked for six years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Jon Kyl and then as Legislative Director and eventually Chief of Staff for Representative Matt Salmon. The SEIA Board will meet today to begin the process of selecting a replacement, with hopes of seamlessly continuing SEIA’s policy agenda, the development of a significant national trade show, and the pending merger with the Solar Electric Power Association. The rest of SEIA’s staff will remain unchanged for the moment.