Tim Olson is the Director of Legal Affairs for The Solar Foundation. Tim plays a critical role on three U.S. Department of Energy funded grants: CivicPACE, the Solar Training Network, and the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance. In this capacity, Tim is helping overcome a range of unique legal and financial barriers inherent to the use of PACE financing on varying types of nonprofit entities, as well as supporting the development of, and investment in, the growing solar workforce. Tim also provides internal legal and policy support to the organization on a variety of issues and programs. Tim oversees all regulatory compliance, contractual, and IP legal issues at the organization. Tim received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School, where he focused his studies on energy and environmental law and policy issues. During law school, Tim was a member of The George Washington University Law Review, and held positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Tim is currently barred in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Tim Says: “I could never be kept inside as a kid. I was always driven to explore and learn more about the world around me, whether it was inspecting tidal pools on the Oregon coastline or catching bugs in Wisconsin’s marshes. This passion developed into an academic pursuit in college where I studied environmental science and Physics. While working various species-specific conservation jobs at organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, I realized that while I was doing great work, I wanted to be in a position where I could make decisions that have a potential global impact, and at that point I made the decision to study energy and environmental law. Working for The Solar Foundation has been the perfect fit for me. While there is a very diverse group of people working here, we are all equally driven to learn about and make a difference in the world. Through my work at The Solar Foundation, I am challenged to think creatively and critically at the forefront of fields that have the potential to shape our energy landscape.”