ed-headshot-finalEd Gilliland is the senior director for The Solar Foundation. His focus includes the Solsmart municipal designation, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE), the Solar Training Network, and the National Solar Jobs Census. He was principal author for the 2015 and 2016 National Solar Jobs Census and directs the work for the 2017 Solar Schools report.

Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, Ed was Vice President at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), where he managed their Advisory Services and Research Department. He directed all local, state, federal, and international consulting work, completing over 80 projects in 65 cities and regions. He’s a certified planner (AICP), economic development professional (CEcD), project management professional (PMP), and product manager (CPM). He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Virginia including an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Ed Says: “I came to The Solar Foundation for the opportunity to participate in a growing, dynamic industry that is good for the planet. Prior joining The Solar Foundation, I travelled abroad including on seven business trips to China. I experienced numerous consecutive days where the sun was completely obstructed by the smog … even in the countryside. China was building two coal power plants a week. I’m excited to promote an alternative that’s based on visible sunlight. And I enjoy working with my dedicated, insightful, and entertaining colleagues at The Solar Foundation.”