Solar trade group names interim president

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Solar Energy Industries Association named its general counsel, Tom Kimbis, as interim president today.

Kimbis will take over for the departing Rhone Resch on Wednesday while the organization continues a national search for Resch’s replacement. A SEIA spokesman said in an email that “there is no specific timetable” for finding a successor. Resch announced last month that he was leaving the organization after 12 years (Greenwire, April 15).

Kimbis currently is SEIA’s vice president of executive affairs and serves as the organization’s liaison with the executive branch. “Most recently, Kimbis has overseen SEIA’s consumer protection campaign and he has been actively involved in federal policy related to large scale solar projects,” the organization said in a statement. Kimbis has worked for SEIA for six years.

Prior to that, he led several solar and renewable programs at the Department of Energy for nine years. For example, he founded a billion-dollar initiative at DOE to accelerate commercialization of solar technologies and helped form DOE’s Solar America Cities program. He also serves on the board of directors of the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit focused on research and education about the technology.

Kimbis is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.