SEIA Taps Hill Veterans to Take Helm of Association
Washington, D.C. (January 19, 2001) — The national trade organization representing the photovoltaics and solar thermal manufacturers, component suppliers, and national distributors, announced today the selection of a new Executive Director, Glenn Hamer. Hamer, 31, was formerly Chief of Staff for Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) and Legislative Assistant for Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ). “Glenn brings extraordinary talent to this job,” said Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President Chet Farris. “Glenn has been a key player in growing the House Renewable Energy Caucus, which now has over one third of the Congress as members. This provides a bipartisan venue to promote solar energy.” SEIA’s new Executive Director, Glenn Hamer, said, “I am ecstatic about the opportunity of promoting one of America’s most vital energy industries to the new Administration and Congress. I am absolutely certain that solar energy will be embraced as one critical option to deal with high energy prices and lack of reliability and supply.” SEIA also announced today the appointment of Michael Paranzino as its Communications Director. Paranzino, 34, a Hill and campaign veteran, will focus on building public support for the solar industry’s policy agenda as well as its market acceptance. Former SEIA Executive Director Scott Sklar, now president of the Stella Group, noted that both men come from Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon’s office. Salmon was chairman of the House Renewable Energy Caucus, but did not run for re-election in 2000. “They have strong Capitol Hill and media skills,” Sklar said. “They proposed to come as a team, and we accepted their offer.” Among the priorities for SEIA in the months ahead is the creation of a federal residential solar tax credit, to encourage and reward consumers who purchase equipment that provides clean, efficient, and renewable solar energy for their homes. The solar energy industries are attracting greater attention recently due to a strong international market in developing countries as well as a focus in the U.S. on high petroleum and natural gas prices and significant electric power reliability problems in California and elsewhere.