Milwaukee, Wis. 1/8/2015 - Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the United States, has expanded its Public Policy presence to the Midwest by adding Wisconsin native Amy Heart to the team. Heart is the first dedicated, Midwest-based policy hire for a national rooftop solar company With a long history of policy work in Wisconsin, Heart is well positioned to help lead the defense against monopolist utilities trying to eliminate the growing rooftop solar industry.
Heart joins Sunrun from the City of Milwaukee where she served as Sustainability and Solar Program Manager In that role, she developed and led the City's solar program, Milwaukee Shines. Previously, Heart worked with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and she was also an elected Common Council member in Stevens Point, Wis. Prior to her roles in policy and local government, Heart worked as a broadcast journalist. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
'After seeing We Energies blatantly ignore and attack its customers in an effort to eliminate rooftop solar, I knew I wanted to play a more direct role in helping preserve and expand the industry,' said Heart.
Sunrun is a founding member of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), which leads rooftop solar advocacy across the country TASC was directly involved in the efforts to defend customer choice during We Energies' rate case this fall, and helped shine a light on the political scandal involving We Energies and Commissioner Ellen Nowak, who voted to approve the case. Heart will help prevent future attacks from utilities in Wisconsin, as well as in neighboring states including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and South Dakota.
'As a long-time local advocate and leader, Amy is well positioned to help defend the solar industry and consumers,' said Bryan Miller, Vice President of Public Policy and Power Markets at Sunrun and Co-Chairman of TASC. 'We predict the Midwest will be a hotbed for utility attacks in 2015, and Amy gives us firm policy footing in key regions.'
Sunrun pioneered solar as a service, a way for homeowners to go solar without a significant upfront investment, and is the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S. Sunrun provides end-to-end service for homeowners to choose clean, solar energy and receive predictable pricing for solar energy for 20 years. The company designs, installs, finances, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner's roof, while families pay just for the electricity at a lower rate than their current utility. Since Sunrun introduced solar as a service in 2007, it has become the preferred way for consumers to go solar in the nationâ€™s top solar markets. For more information please visit: www.sunrun.com.