The James Bond of solar takes the reins at Advanced Energy Economy


He helped found what is now the largest residential solar company in the United States, held the position of board chair at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), lectured at Northwestern University, and served in the Afghan War with special forces in the U.S. Navy.

Oh – and he lobbied key Congressmen to help secure an extension of the U.S. Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar in 2015. Is there anything Nat Kreamer has not done?

Now, adding to his quite remarkable resumé, Nat Kreamer can include serving as executive leadership at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and the AEE Institute. Last week the trade group whose activities span policy advocacy, analysis and education for clean energy announced that Kreamer would join as CEO.

Kreamer will replace interim CEO Heather O’Neill, who will now serve as president, in addition to continuing her duties in managing strategic partnerships.

While it is unclear what Kreamer’s time at AEE will bring, there are the indications of his past experience. Kreamer’s role in advocating for the extension of the ITC is a sign that he is ready to take rapid action to advance key policy goals. During that action, Kreamer also demonstrated his relationships with Republican Congressmen.

AEE has presented itself as strictly non-partisan. The organization’s latest scorecard of gubernatorial candidates showed all Democratic candidates receiving higher marks on key policy measures than Republicans, which reflects that Democrats have by and large been more supportive of clean energy.

However, pv magazine has noted an interest by AEE staff in identifying and emphasizing Republican candidates who lean towards clean energy.

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