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Rhone Resch is the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar energy industry in the United States. Representing an industry of over 5,600 companies and 119,000 employees, Rhone is the architect of the association's strategic priorities designed to achieve a 10 GW annual market in the US by 2015, including all federal and state advocacy on behalf of the industry. In the last eight years as the president of SEIA, he created the 30% investment tax credit, the 1603 Treasury Program, and over 18 other provisions that have helped grow the industry from 52 MW/year market in 2004 to 3,300 MW in 2012.
A self-proclaimed political junkie, Rhone has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector working on clean energy development and climate change issues. In addition to serving as the vice president for the Natural Gas Supply Association, Rhone also served as program manager at the EPA's Climate Protection Division during the Clinton administration.
Rhone holds an M.P.A. in management from Syracuse University's Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Lisa and two children in a solar-powered house that provides 93% of their electricity.
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