The board of directors of Renewable Energy Vermont has elected Thomas Hughes to serve as the new chair. Hughes is the CEO of Sunward Systems, a solar hot water equipment distributor located in Shelburne.
“This is an exciting era for the renewables industry in Vermont,” said Hughes. “Local companies are transforming the way Vermonters generate, transport, store and consume energy. These dynamic businesses are creating new jobs and are exporting their products and expertise around the world.”
As the states renewable energy industry trade association, REV recently outlined a goal of providing 20% of Vermont’s energy needs by 2020 in order to create local jobs and make Vermont more energy secure. This is an intermediate milestone on the state’s path to 90% renewable energy by 2050.
Hughes replaces Martha Staskus of Cornerstone Renewables, who will remain on the board as Secretary. In over three years as chair of the industry trade association, Staskus helped usher in many of the policy changes that have made Vermont a leader in renewable energy. During her tenure the state more than doubled the number of solar electric and wind systems in operation.
REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing hundreds of businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of power in Vermont. Our membership is continually broadening, reflecting a shared perspective that renewable energy is the best solution building a clean, sustainable and secure energy future. Vermont has a history of innovative and independent leadership, and we believe our state can become a national beacon of change and renewal through renewable energy.
Source: Renewable Energy Vermont
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