Philip Haddix is The Solar Foundation’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, where he leads the organization’s development efforts. For several years, he managed The Solar Foundation’s soft cost project portfolio. In that role, he served as the Program Director for the U.S. Department of Energy-funded SolSmart program. He also managed the organization’s activities under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, another successful DOE-funded program to develop resources and deliver technical assistance for local governments seeking to promote solar within their jurisdictions. 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. Philip has also worked for GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, where he served as the region’s Outreach Manager. 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. I was introduced to solar through an internship at the Solar Energy Industries Association, where I fell in love with solar and was introduced to The Solar Foundation, and never looked back!”