The Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative Ambassadors has named Sol Systems General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, Stephanie Smith, as a finalist for its annual awards program for mid-career women’s leadership and achievement in clean energy. The C3E Initiative was launched in 2010 by the 23-government Clean Energy Ministerial, serving to create opportunities for women in clean energy. The Clean Energy Ministerial is a global forum encouraging the transition to a global clean energy economy through the promotion of policies, programs, and initiatives that help reduce emissions, improve energy access and security, and sustain overall economic growth.
Ms. Smith’s finalist status is an affirmation to her leadership at the D.C.-based solar finance firm, which she joined in 2012. In her tenure, Sol Systems cemented its reputation as a leader in renewable energy finance. To date, the firm has facilitated financing for approximately 145 MW of solar energy assets throughout the United States through tax structured investments, project purchases, SREC monetization, and debt financing. Just last week, Inc. Magazine named Sol Systems as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. on its prestigious Inc. 500 list for the second consecutive year.
As COO, Ms. Smith is responsible for the company’s quickly expanding business operations, playing a critical role in the strategic development of the Sol Systems team. She also oversees Sol Systems’ legal team.
The C3E Awards have honored the leadership of such women in clean energy as Milo Werner of Tesla Motors, Erica Mackie of Grid Alternatives, Kirstin Gunderson of Walmart, Rebecca Stanfield of NRDC, and Liz Porter of Lockheed Martin.