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Pair of Leading Solar Firms Join SEIA’s Board of Directors

Monday, Sep 09 2019

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today the addition of two leading solar companies to its board of directors.

National solar project developers Shell New Energies, LLC and Pine Gate Renewables are joining SEIA’s board of directors, effective immediately.

“This duo will bring a fresh perspective to our Board of Directors as we look to make solar the leading source of electricity in the 2020s,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “We are thrilled to have the leaders of Pine Gate and Shell New Energies join our efforts to build new partnerships and thoughtfully expand the industry during the Solar+ Decade.”

Founded in 2014, Pine Gate Renewables is a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale solar farms with more than 400 megawatts of operational sites across the country. The company specializes in project siting, development, financing, construction, and operation. To learn more about Pine Gate and their mission to Get Solar Done, visit

“Pine Gate is excited to join SEIA in the mission to reform energy markets through the expansion of solar energy in the U.S.,” said Ben Catt, CEO at Pine Gate Renewables. “We look forward to working with the rest of the SEIA board to represent solar on a national scale.”

Shell New Energies focuses on two main areas: new fuels for transport, such as advanced biofuels and hydrogen; and power, being involved at almost every stage of the process, from generating electricity through wind and solar, to buying and selling it, to supplying it directly to customers. Shell aims to make power a significant business, one that could sit alongside its oil, gas and chemicals businesses in the future.

“This is an ideal time to join the Board of Directors at SEIA as Shell continues to participate in the global drive to provide more and cleaner energy solutions,” said Boris Schubert, General Manager of Renewable Power Development at Shell New Energies. “How this transition plays out over the coming decades will depend chiefly on the choices consumers make, because the market – encouraged by the right government policies – will decide which energy solutions will thrive in the future.”

SEIA has set a goal for solar energy to represent 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030, naming the 2020s as the Solar+ Decade. To achieve this goal, the solar industry is urging Congress to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit, a bipartisan policy that has proven to incent solar deployment, create jobs and boost the economy. Learn more about the campaign at


About SEIA®: 

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 242,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at


Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, (202) 556-2872

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