The Stella Group, LTD
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Scott Sklar runs a clean energy technology optimization and strategic policy firm, The Stella Group, Ltd, which he founded in 1995 and came on full time to lead in 1999. The firm facilitates clean distributed energy projects for commercial, industrial and military applications. -- specializing on blending technologies and financing for projects, as well as assisting companies to scale-up market penetration with a focus on standardized, modular, web-enabled, and inter-operable systems.
Previously, Sklar served as Executive Director for 15 years of two national trade association concurrently, the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Prior of running trade associations, Sklar was Political Director of The Solar Lobby for two years, -- a renewable energy advocacy group founded by the big nine US environmental organizations. And for three years previous to joining the advocacy organization, served as Washington Director for two years and Acting RD&D Director for one year of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a federally-funded applied technology institution promoting renewables and energy efficiency.
Sklar started his energy career serving as a military and energy aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) on his Washington personal and Committee staff for nine years, and cofounded the Congressional Solar caucus in the mid-1970’s where most of the renewable energy legislation first was passed by the US Congress as a result of the first and second oil embargos..
He serves on the Boards of Directors of three national non-profits: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), Renewable Energy Policy Project (energy analysis), and The Solar Foundation. He also serves as Steering Committee Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Coalition, composed of the 20+ national energy efficiency and renewable energy industry organization, advocacy groups, think tanks, and environmental groups.
Sklar has coauthored two books, “The Forbidden Fuel: A History of Power Alcohol, published in 1985 which is updated and was updated and re-released in 2010 by University of Nebraska Press, and a “Consumer Guide to Solar Energy” first published in 1998 and is in its third publishing. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University teaching a unique multidisciplinary sustainable energy course. On November 4, 2010 Secretary Locke approved Sklar's appointment to the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC).
Recent Posts by Scott Sklar
- Extreme Weather Grid Threats
- Withdrawing Federal Funding for ENERGY STAR
- The Future Is Here - Do We Embrace It or Not?
Recent Comments by Scott Sklar
- "The United States should insure we maximize the entire portfolio of clean, waste free, zero carbon transportation options. Sustainable biomass which i"
Are We Energy Independent?
- "Grid security requires four steps: 1) advanced cybersecurity protections and training, 2) maximum, practical energy efficiency to significantly reduce"
Preventing Disaster by Securing Our Grid
- "For the last 20 years, my company has blended energy storage with renewables for buildings, infrastructure, microgrids, and utility-integrated systems"
A Grand Challenge to Commercialize Energy Storage
- "I first want to say that being aware of changing mineral needs, sources, and geopolitics makes sense. But second, I also want to caution that the mine"
Critical Minerals: The Achilles Heel of America’s Clean Energy Future?
- "Offshore wind is an historic opportunity. First, the wind blows for a longer duration in most cases off shore than on land. Second, most of the world'"
Realizing the Promise of Offshore Wind
- "Dr. Moniz, as always, is right on target with the principles, but misses one important one. And I offer the missing link, in two parts:
1) Do not subs"
A Framework for The Green Real Deal
- "Energy storage is essential for a resilient, reliable, and stable electric grid, infrastructure, buildings, and transportation. For the electric grid,"
Bipartisan Energy Storage Solutions
- "As an add to my previous comments, I think critical infrastructure powered by on-site renewables and energy storage should stand alone as its own prov"
Principles for National Climate Action
- "Congressman Tonko is "on point" for climate action, but I wanted to add some texture to his suggestions. First, we need to proactively and speedily po"
Principles for National Climate Action
- "Most states already have approaches that stimulate the private sector in energy efficiency and renewable energy including Renewable Energy Portfolio S"
Clean Energy Policy Must Leverage the Private Sector