Keynote: SOLAR 20/20 Wrap-Up and Call-to-Action


Jun 25 2020


2:15 pm - 3:45 pm




  • Scott Sklar
    Scott Sklar
    Energy Director of Environment & Energy Management Institute (EEMI) and Director of GWU Solar Institute

    Scott Sklar steps up as Director of The GWU Solar Institute in August 2018, and The Solar Institute’s offices are at the Environment & Energy Study Institute’s (EEMI) office in Tompkins Hall, where he serves as EEMI’s Energy Director.

    Sklar has a 40 year career in solar energy. For the last eight years, he has been an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University, where he teaches three unique interdisciplinary sustainable energy courses and is an Affiliated Professor at CATIE, an international sustainable graduate university based in Costa Rica.

    For the last 18 years, Sklar runs a clean energy optimization firm facilitating cleanly distributed energy utilization which includes advanced batteries and controls, energy efficiency, fuel cells, geo-exchange, heat engines, mini-generation (natural gas), micro-hydropower (and freeflow, tidal, wave), modular biomass, photovoltaics, small wind, and solar thermal (including daylighting, waste-to-energy, water heating, industrial preheat, building air-conditioning, and electric power generation). His company, The Stella Group, Ltd., is one of the very few companies that blends distributed energy technologies, aggregates financing (including leasing), with a focus on system standardization.

    Prior, Scott Sklar served for 15 years (1985-2000) simultaneously running two Washington, DC-based clean energy trade associations, as Executive Director of both the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Before his move to SEIA and NBIA, he was Political Director of The Solar Lobby (1983-1984), a renewable energy advocacy organization founded by the nine major national environmental organizations. Before joining “the Lobby”, (1980-1983) he was Washington Director and Acting Research Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), founded by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and technologist EF Shumacher. This federally-funded applied technology laboratory focussed on the US and international low-income communities assisting them in system design, integration, and utilization of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

    Sklar began his energy career as an aide to Senator Jacob K. Javits (NY) (1970-79) where he focused on energy and military matters for nine years. During his Senate tenure, he co-founded the Congressional Solar Caucus that lead many of the innovative legislation promoting renewable energy in the 1970s.

    Scott Sklar lives in a solar home in Arlington, Virginia with solar water heating, geothermal heating & cooling, and photovoltaics/battery system. He has a unique PV system on the roof of his Washington, DC office overlooking Lafayette Park in front of The White House. And his zero-energy office building, based in Virginia has PV roofing shingles, small wind turbine, and a hydrogen fuel cell, and a web-enabled battery bank.on. His coauthored books: The Forbidden Fuel was re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press for its second printing and A Consumer Guide to Solar Energy was re-released for its third printing.

    Scott Sklar sits on the national Boards of Directors of the non-profit Business Council for Sustainable Energy and The Solar Foundation. On June 19, 2014, Scott Sklar was awarded the prestigious The Charles Greeley Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and on April 26, 2014, was awarded the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia., both in 2014. Sklar was re-appointed to the US Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC), where he served as its Chair, (ending in June 2016) and re-appointed onto DOC RE&EEAC and served as Vice Chair through June 2018, and now re-appointed on the Committee through June 2020.

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