Trade group chief stepping down

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rhone Resch is leaving his post as president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association after 12 years.

The association will name an interim leader and begin a search for its next president after Resch’s departure May 31, it said in a statement.

“I am honored to have been able to contribute to building an industry that has such a positive impact on the U.S. economy, our energy security and the environment,” Resch said in a letter to membership. “With the ITC extended through 2021 and solar energy markets growing throughout the country, now is the right time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

The chairman of SEIA’s board of directors, Nat Kreamer, thanked Resch for creating a “single, powerful voice for the industry,” including the recent successful attempt in Congress to extend the solar investment tax credit.

“During his 12 years of leadership at SEIA, Rhone grew the organization from a grass-roots collective of solar companies into a formidable national association with a strong presence in Washington and members that range from local family businesses to blue chip and Fortune 500 companies,” Kreamer said, noting expansions of state renewable portfolio standards and net-metering laws during Resch’s tenure.