KellyAvatarTara Kelly

Occupation: Deputy Director of Community Development
Company: Sullivan Solar Power
Location: San Diego, CA

A passion for sustainability, a good work ethic, and eagerness to learn more helped Tara land her job at Sullivan Solar Power. While at San Diego State University, she chaired the environmental board for the student government. Many of her duties in that role were similar to those she performs today as Deputy Director of Community Development.

Tara’s position includes public relations, marketing, community outreach, education, event planning, policy work, customer service and sharing her company’s vision: to change the way this world generates electricity. She truly enjoys the variety, which can mean hosting a press conference, participating on a statewide solar policy call, meeting with a customer, and planning an upcoming event – all during the same day.

Another thing she likes about her job is contributing to changing the way her community generates electricity. “I grew up in Santa Cruz, California and was always environmentally conscious,” Tara said. “I wanted to work for a company whose values were similar to mine, and I wanted to make a difference.”

 One memorable day Tara shared was June 30th, 2014. That was when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors named “Sullivan Solar Power Day” in all of San Diego. The entire board recognized the company’s work over the past 10 years. “It was an honor receiving that recognition,” Tara said.

If jobseekers are hard workers and are passionate about making a difference, Tara suggests that solar could be a perfect fit.  There are so many different fields in the solar industry – engineering, accounting, marketing, IT, installing, etc.  “There is a place for anyone interested in joining the solar energy revolution,” she said.

Tara Kelly is a NABCEP Certified Technical Sales ProfessionalTM.