Philip Haddix is a Program Director at The Solar Foundation, where he leads much of the organization’s soft cost reduction work. For several years, he represented The Solar Foundation and managed its activities under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, a successful U.S. Department of Energy-funded program to develop resources and deliver technical assistance for local governments seeking to promote solar within their jurisdictions. Philip now serves as principal investigator for the SolSmart, a SunShot-funded program which provides no-cost technical assistance to help cities and counties advance solar energy, while providing communities public recognition for their achievements. In previous years, he played a lead role in authoring The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census and associated state-level research products. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University with concentrations in energy and environmental policy.
Philip Says: “I first became interested in energy and environmental issues while living and traveling abroad. Teaching English in South Korea for three years after university afforded me the opportunity to travel extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia, where I was introduced to the close connection between energy and social issues in developing countries. With an educational background in anthropology, these experiences immediately sparked my interest in energy and sustainability. My graduate studies, coupled with a growing sense that we need to solve our own energy and environmental issues before expecting other — especially developing — countries to do the same, eventually led me to focus on domestic energy policy. Through an internship at the Solar Energy Industries Association, I fell in love with solar and was introduced to The Solar Foundation. I’ve never looked back!”