Veteran of SEIA, National Environmental Trust and Environmental Protection Agency brings more than 20 years of state and federal policy experience to leading national solar power provider
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Feb. 10, 2010—SolarCity®, a national leader in solar financing, design, installation, monitoring and related services, today announced that John Stanton has joined the company as vice president of government affairs. He will oversee SolarCity's work with federal and state government organizations on a wide range of renewable energy policy issues. Stanton joins SolarCity from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where as executive vice president and general counsel, he oversaw legal and government affairs for the solar industry's pre-eminent trade association. He played a pivotal role in the 8-year extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), the most significant legislation in the industry's history.
"SolarCity revolutionized solar financing and has become the standard by which solar service providers are measured," said Stanton. "SolarCity's growth is instructive in light of America's need to create companies that can simultaneously deliver value and savings to customers, help protect the environment, create new jobs and deliver strong returns to investors. This company has only scratched the surface of what it can ultimately accomplish, and I'm excited to be part of it."
Prior to SEIA, Stanton acted as vice president for energy, climate and transportation programs at the National Environmental Trust (NET). Prior to NET, he served as legislative counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he advised Congress on the Clean Air Act. Stanton also has extensive state-level legislative and legal experience. He has served as a deputy attorney general for the state of New Jersey, where he focused on environmental litigation and regulation. John has also served as counsel and director of the energy and environment committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
"We've long admired John's work as a tireless advocate for the solar industry and the environment," said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's CEO. "He has a national reputation for helping craft innovative policy and adds an insightful new voice to SolarCity's management team."
Stanton earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. He is a member of the New Jersey and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Stanton will join SolarCity later this month, based in the company's Washington, D.C., office.
SolarCity—a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and related services—was founded with the mission to help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt solar power, protect themselves from rising electricity costs, and protect their environment from polluting power sources. The company's SolarLease™, PurePower™ and Commercial Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) options can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity. SolarCity currently serves more than 500 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon. Additional information about the company is available on the Web at www.solarcity.com.
A&R Edelman for SolarCity