This month NRTC welcomes MJ Shiao as its new director of Next-Generation Energy. MJ will be expanding on NRTC’s body of work in recent years establishing rural solar power and energy storage projects. He also will focus on distributed generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.
MJ succeeds Brad Seibert, VP, Next-Generation Energy, who guided the early solar and storage work in cooperation with NRTC’s partner, ENGIE. Brad is retiring at the end of September.
“My portfolio is solar, energy storage and EV charging. What I would love to accomplish is helping member co-ops gain more of that,” MJ said. “What is best for them when they deploy? Whether it is owning the system or taking on a [power purchase agreement], I want NRTC to help put more advanced technology on their grids,” MJ said.
MJ comes to NRTC from Arcadia, a DC-based national software platform. “We had software that made it easy for consumers to sign up for community solar projects,” he said. “I led business development and worked with the project developers and capital providers funding the projects. We got them comfortable with the sector and the regulations.” Earlier he held similar positions at Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie.
Over the years, MJ worked with many rural clients. In fact, after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, he started his 15-year career in alternative energy by researching and deploying off-grid photovoltaic systems in rural Thailand.
MJ will be based at NRTC’s Herndon, VA, headquarters and will be working with co-ops for the first time. However, he is a rural electric customer with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative providing power to his Virginia home.
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