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Tennessee Solar Industry Gathers to Elect Association Board Members.

Knoxville, TN, November 25, 2010 --( The Tennessee chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA) is one step closer to their official membership launch in December 2010. The charter members voted in the first official Board of Directors meeting on November 15, 2010 at the Knoxville offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

The TenneSEIA Board of Directors is comprised of seven members from a cross-section of the solar industry value chain, including manufacturers, solar installers/designers and business professionals, as well as a diverse geographic representation of Tennessee. The Board of Directors consists: Andy Johnson, Senior Manager, Policy and Government Relations, Sharp Electronics Corporation; Patrick Sargent, Market Intelligence Manager, AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.; Terry Strange, Tennessee Site Manager, Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C; Mary Shaffer Speight, Community Relations and Grant Specialist, Efficient Energy of Tennessee, LLC; Steve Johnson, President and Founder, Lightwave Solar Electric, LLC; Gil Melear-Hough, Renewable Energy Manager, Restoration Services, Inc.; and Scott Carey, Nashville Managing Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

Gil Melear-Hough, President of TenneSEIA, stated, "This is a major step in continuing to establish the solar industry in Tennessee. Our organization will provide a platform for those in the solar industry to work together in order to foster industry growth. The industry is unique in that solar energy serves a variety of needs and values. We are working toward the three 'E's': Economics, Environment and Energy Independence/Security."

"Tennessee has quickly become a major player in the future of solar energy, and the solar industry in Tennessee continues to grow," notes Scott Carey, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Nashville office and leader of the Firm's Solar Initiative. "As a charter member of the Tennessee chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA), Baker Donelson is dedicated to the organization's mission of making solar energy a mainstream and significant source by expanding markets, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy."

"Tennessee is now a national leader in solar manufacturing and development," said Andy Johnson, Senior Manager of Policy and Government Relations at Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group. "Incentives from the state and TVA have allowed the industry to grow many times over in just a few years. TenneSEIA will help to ensure that this growth continues by working on policies and programs that support the solar industry into the future."

For membership information please contact, Harvey Abouelata, Chair of the Membership and Outreach Committee at or (865) 386-7860.


About the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

SEIA coordinates with several state and regional chapters and other groups including the American Solar Energy Society, Solar Alliance, Solar Electric Power Association, Solar Nation and Vote Solar along with numerous renewable energy, business and environmental groups.

About TenneSEIA

TenneSEIA is the newly formed State Chapter of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

For membership information please contact, Harvey Abouelata at or (865) 386-7860.

Contact Information:

Efficient Energy Of Tennessee

Harvey Abouelata

(865) 947-3386
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