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Renewable Energy Resources and Contacts
During our 2023 Renewable Energy Careers Panel, the panelists provided us with many useful resources, advice and their contact information! If you are interested in their work or want more advice from them, contact them using the information below!
Zeynep Celik is currently a Technical Specialist at Solargis and is concurrently pursuing a Master's degree in Energy Conversion Systems & Technologies at the University of Rovira i Virgili (URV). With a background in Physics & Astronomy, Zeynep assists customers in effectively utilizing satellite-based solar data and ground measurements. Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/szeynepcelik/ Links to Resources: https://www.udemy.com/ https://www.coursera.org/ “Find companies/positions that you like… learn as much as you can about your passion… your first job is not your last”
Haida Liu, P.Eng., PMP, is a Program Management Consultant at Toronto Hydro with a background in mechanical and industrial engineering. In this role, she specializes in managing programs in the energy sector, focusing on mechanical testing and condition assessment of overhead line components. Haida actively contributes to promoting the role of women in the renewable energy field as an Advisory Committee Member at Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), leading the Academic Committee and collaborating on events and conferences that support women in the industry. Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haidaliu/ Haida.Liu@outlook.com Links to Resources: Linkedin: WOMEN in RENEWABLE ENERGY (WiRE) Instagram: WomeninRenewableEnergy_WiRE Programming open to ALL: Field trips Speed mentoring OEN Luncheon – WiRE Student Table Networking meetups / webinars Student bursary program at industry conferences Scholarships & Internships Women of Distinction Awards Looking for student ambassador at UWaterloo “ When it’s time to make changes, embrace uncertainty… Find your community and take care of each other… Your network is your net worth…. Follow your passion. YOLO!”
Kevin Campbell joined EDF Renewables in 2010 and currently holds the title of Director – Development. In this role, Kevin is the project lead during the development & permitting phase of various utility scale renewable energy projects across New York State. Kevin has 13 years of solar and wind development experience in Canada and the United States and currently oversees a development portfolio of 1,000MW of solar, energy storage and wind projects in New York State. Kevin sits on the NYSERDA Agricultural Technical Working Group and is on the Advisory Board of the American Solar Grazing Association. Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krcampbell/ email@example.com Resources: https://www.edf-re.com/ Fun fact: “You can drive electric car 100x further on an acre of solar than an internal combustion car on an acre of corn to ethanol!”
Alex Ripley currently serves as a Commercial Energy Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, based in Toronto, Canada. In this role, he works within the Trade Council North America's Energy & Environment group, offering in-market export development services to Danish companies operating in the United States and Canada, with a focus on waste and biogas solutions. Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexripley/ Resources: https://www.bio-enpower.com/
Canada Smart Grid Program
During one of our EnerChats, Dr.Bronwyn Lazowski, a senior policy analyst at the Office of Energy Research & Development mentioned many resources which students should access if interested in working in energy! Check out these links about the Canada SmartGrid program!
Smart Grid Program - Smart Grid Program (canada.ca)
Smart Grid in Canada Report - Smart Grid in Canada: 2020-2021
Innovation and Electricity Regulation Initiative - Innovation and Electricity Regulation Initiative (IERI) (canada.ca)
Join a Global Student Energy Network
Student Energy empowers the next generation of leaders who are accelerating the transition to a sustainable, equitable energy future. We work with a network of 50,000 young people from over 120 countries. Check out their opportunities and resources here: https://studentenergy.org/
Learn to be a solar analyst
As recommended by a professional solar analyst , here are some resources to learn more about solar photovoltaics and how to work with it, and model it