AstroPower, Shell Solar, BP Solar Join Certification Board

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced that two new directors and two new alternates were voted onto the board last month…

Latham, New York – October 16, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced that two new directors and two new alternates were voted onto the board last month. Board members and their alternates are chosen to represent various solar stakeholder groups in developing a national, voluntary certification program for photovoltaic (PV) installers. Marcus Roper of AstroPower and Ignacio Corral of Shell Solar were voted onto the board to fill the two PV manufacturer stakeholder positions created last June. Kal Johnson of BP Solar will act as their alternate board member, voting in their place if one is absent when a board action is taken. In addition, Bob-O Schultze, an independent solar business owner and practicing installer, was voted in as an alternate board member to Don Loweburg, who represents PV installers. Corral, product manager for Shell Solar Industries, has been working in the solar field for the past six years. Prior to his work with Shell, Ignacio earned a mechanical engineering degree at UC Santa Barbara. He has been responsible for training installers of residential grid-connected systems, in addition to working in engineering, manufacturing, quality control, and marketing departments at Siemens and Shell Solar. Marc Roper, Manager of Residential Business for AstroPower, has over ten years of experience in the field of renewable energy, ranging from the design and installation of solar energy systems to renewable energy policy development. His work at AstroPower includes developing the domestic market for residential solar electric power systems, and the management of a nationwide network of dealer-installers. Prior to his work at AstroPower, Marc Roper was the manager for renewable energy programs in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Conservation. Kal Johnson, Global Director of Health, Environment, and Safety for BP Solar, has been in the renewable energy industry for many years. Bob-O Schultze has owned his own solar installation company, Electron Connection, since 1988 and has lived off-grid since 1973. He holds Oregon renewable energy contractor and technician licenses and a California electrical contractor license. Bob-O participated as an industry expert on the California State License Board. He is a former Home Power Hydroelectric Editor and is the author of many Home Power articles.

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