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October 22, 2012 | Tom Ballard

TenneSEIA announces new officers, board members

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following release was provided by the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association.)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association (TennesSEIA) today announced its new Board of Directors and Officers to lead the organization.

At the Annual Meeting held in Nashville on October 10, 2012, new Directors were elected to the Board. These Directors include Steve Johnson of Lightwave Solar Electric (Nashville) and Gil Melear-Hough of Restoration Services, Inc. (Oak Ridge) who were reelected after serving a previous two-year term after TenneSEIA’s inauguration in 2010. In addition, TenneSEIA is proud to have new Directors Chris Bowles of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (Nashville), and John Nevel of The Boro Group, LLC (Nashville). The four will join Justin Redd of Soligent LLC, Mary Shaffer Gill of ARiES Energy, LLC (Lenoir City) and Scott Carey of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC (Nashville).

The Board voted on the Executive Committee shortly after the Annual Meeting. The results include Justin Redd of Soligent serving as President, Steve Johnson as Vice President, Christine Johnson of Lightwave Solar Electric to serve as Treasurer and Mary Shaffer Gill to continue as Secretary of TenneSEIA. Previously, Gil Melear-Hough served as President of TenneSEIA.

“We are very proud to have had Gil serve as President of our association for the past two years and look forward to him maintaining a leadership role in pursuit of growing our industry. We’ve got a suite of challenges on the horizon and are going to be focused like a laser on taking the steps necessary to grow Tennessee’s solar industry and create jobs,” said Justin Redd, TenneSEIA President and former Sharp Electronics executive.

TenneSEIA represents all aspects of the solar value-chain in Tennessee, including solar manufacturers, installers, distributors, consultants, law firms and other businesses, chambers of commerce, etc. interested in the solar industry in the state. TenneSEIA also works closely with other solar stakeholders such as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), the State of Tennessee, and many others.

“We are very fortunate to have Justin Redd serve as President of TenneSEIA. His initial entry into the solar industry was at the Tennessee Solar Institute where he administered the state’s grant targeted towards spurring the growth of the industry. He subsequently entered the private side as one of the top sales professionals for the SHARP Electronics Solar Group in Memphis. As President, his variety of experiences within the public and private side of solar will be a huge asset as he leads our association,” says Mary Shaffer Gill Secretary of TenneSEIA and Vice President of ARiES Energy, LLC, Lenoir City.

In 2013, TenneSEIA will continue to educate the public about solar technology and its benefits, and advocate for solar policy that will increase solar deployment and solar technology manufacturing in Tennessee. TenneSEIA’s new and returning leaders are committed to the solar industry of Tennessee and the opportunities it has to bring economic development to our state, improve the environment and build our nation’s energy independence.

About TenneSEIA
TenneSEIA (Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association) is the state chapter for the national Solar Energy Industries Association, and represents the interests of the solar energy industry in Tennessee. The mission of TenneSEIA is to make solar energy a mainstream energy source and realize the full potential of the solar industry in Tennessee.

For more information about TenneSEIA, please visit

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