10 Questions for Director of Marketing, Rebecca Morris.
We Asked. She Answered. Now You Know.
1. Why did you join the Pisgah Energy team?
I decided to join Pisgah Energy because it gave me an incredible opportunity to use my creative skills to help build a company whose mission I really believe in. It’s critical to our health and the health of the planet that we make the switch to renewable energy and I’m excited to be a small part of that transition.
Icing on the cake? I get to work with my husband everyday. I honestly love being able to share this passion with him.
2. Have you worked in renewable energy before?
Yes! Before Pisgah Energy, I worked with a couple of other solar companies to implement targeted B2B marketing campaigns. Lead Generation is my middle name.
3. What most excites you most about the future of renewable energy?
I can’t wait to see how the growing use of energy storage changes the game for solar and other renewables. Because storage plays a critical role in reaching 100% carbon free energy, we can expect to see a lot of exciting advances in battery technology. Watch this space.
4. Favorite pastime?
I love backpacking with my husband and our pupster, Ruby. It may sound pretty cliché, but being out in the woods always heals what ails me.
5. Do you have a personal mantra or quote?
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. What the world needs are people who have come alive.” Harold Thurman
6. Favorite Movie or TV Show?
There’s so much good stuff out there! That said, I’m kind of obsessed with ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ on Amazon. It’s just so incredibly funny and moving — and the costumes! Wow.
7. Next Big Adventure?
It’s not planned at all, but I would love to spend a month or two in New Zealand. It just seems like an incredibly magical place. Hobbits and Golems and elves – oh my!
8. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Well, I’m an actor so I’ve had a lot of ‘weird’ jobs. Picking one is tough, but I once played a dagger wielding, evil elf in an indie sci-fi/fantasy movie. It was never finished, but I still have the daggers. I don’t know what happened to the pointy ears.
9. Do you remember the first movie you ever saw in the theatre?
The first movie I remember seeing was The Fox & The Hound at a drive-in theatre in San Antonio TX. I was maybe 5 years old.
10. Off the top of your head, what are three words that describe you?
I feel like I need to climb on board the alliteration train so – Curious Kooky Creative.
Learn more about Rebecca’s work at Pisgah Energy here.
10 Questions for Pisgah Energy President, Evan Becka.
We Asked. He Answered. Now You Know.
1. What inspired you to start Pisgah Energy?
The commercial and industrial sector in solar has historically been under-served compared to residential and utility scale solar markets. Pisgah Energy was formed to help meet the growing demand for solar and energy storage in schools, government and businesses.
Commercial & industrial customers represent over 35% of global energy demand and there’s a real need for expertise in designing solar and storage for these customers to meet their short and long-term energy reduction goals.
I also believe that renewable energy is essential to a healthy future on this planet and Pisgah Energy was founded to realize our clients transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
2. What’s one thing you love about your job?
As a solar and energy storage project developer that serves commercial customers, no two projects are alike so I get a real thrill from coming up with the perfect solution. In the residential market, 90% of projects will be between 1-20kW and are roof-mounted. In the commercial market, projects range from 20kW-5MW+ and can be installed on the roof, ground, parking lot, parking deck, or floating on a reservoir, so a lot of careful consideration goes into determining the best design and mounting solution.
Customer-sited solar projects are also typically sized to match up against the loads of a facility, so proper sizing is critical for the customer to realize the most savings from solar and for meeting utility compliance.
3. What excites you most about the future of Renewable Energy?
I’m really excited to see the role local government is taking to address climate change. City and County governments are taking a stand on the business-as-usual approach to buying energy and they’re witnessing how solar can power municipal facilities at much less cost than continuing to purchase their electricity from the utility over the next 30+ years.
I’m just really impressed by government leading the charge on these efforts. Climate change doesn’t care about politics but governance can have a real impact on the health and energy security of our communities.
4. You’ve been in the industry a long time, what’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry or one you appreciate most?
I’ll give you two; policy changes and technological advancement.
On the policy side, the introduction of the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in 2007 was by far the biggest boon for the solar industry. It created markets that didn’t exist before it’s inception and allowed for the solar industry to grow and mature into what it is today.
On the tech side, so much has changed in 20 years that has allowed for technologies to seamless integrate with the way we live without requiring lifestyle changes. Even on the site assessment side, all of the tools we use today to measure solar gain are now software based. Just 20 years ago, we were plotting solar production on a sun-chart using a protractor with a weighted string. Do I sound old now?
5. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked at a VHS rental store (remember those?) in college and this particular store had a plethora of B-rated action movies and blaxploitation movies from the 70’s. The store I worked in was really slow and I would basically watch movies like Dolemite, Cleopatra Jones and anything with Charles Bronson all day long.
6. Is there a ‘Next Big Adventure’ you’d like to go on?
John Muir Trail thru-hike in the Sierra Nevadas.
7. Do you have a favorite travel spot?
I love Southern Utah – Escalante, Zion, Bryce. The hoodoos…you know.
8. What kind of music is at the top of your list these days?
I always come back to the stuff I grew up on – Ween, Primus, Nirvana, Mr. Bungle. I’ve also been on a steady rotation of Exotica for a while now – Martin Denny, Les Baxter and Esquivel to name a few – I really dig the rich, full jungle sounds. I checked out the new Lana Del Rey a few weeks ago — it’s pretty dark and sultry. I’m really digging it.
9. What’s the first concert you ever attended?
Van Morrison at the Universal Amphitheater in LA. I think I was 10. My pops and stepmom took me to the show.
10. Off the top of your head, what are three words that describe you?
Burly, Blonde and Bearded.
Learn more about Evan’s work in renewable energy here.