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SEIA Names Prominent Energy Policy Expert Sarah Vilms as Vice President of Strategic Growth Initiatives

Tuesday, Jul 09 2024

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced that Sarah Vilms will serve as the organization’s vice president of strategic growth initiatives. Vilms is a leading energy policy expert with nearly 30 years of experience advocating for renewable energy and energy storage deployment, permitting, transmission, and land use.  

At SEIA, Vilms will focus on leveraging federal programs and funding opportunities to bolster the solar and storage industry’s impact across the country.  

“Sarah has been an advocacy force in the energy industry for decades, and we are thrilled to bring her into the SEIA fold and fortify our federal team as the 2024 election approaches,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Federal clean energy policies are driving historic investments into the economy. It’s critical that the solar and storage industry has the leadership in place to capitalize on these programs and deliver the benefits to communities nationwide.”

Prior to joining SEIA, Vilms served as the energy principal for Squire Patton Boggs’s public policy department, where she focused on energy and the environment for more than two decades.

“I am thrilled to be joining the preeminent voice of the U.S. solar industry as we work to maximize the impact of historic federal investments in clean energy,” said Vilms. “I’m passionate about America’s transition to a clean energy economy, and there is no better time in our history than now to be doing such important work at SEIA.”

Learn more about SEIA’s vision for the Solar+ Decade and its policy advocacy priorities

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About SEIA®: 

The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2872

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