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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

I worked for years with municipalities doing municipal bond transactions as a lawyer and an investment banker. When I moved to Colorado in 2013, I decided to transition into the clean energy industry because of the urgency of climate change issues, and because I wanted to leave the world better for future generations, not worse.


What impact do you feel the SolSmart program will have on the communities with which you will work?

The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) developed the Solar Friendly Communities program in 2012 and 2013, and was actively involved with it through 2015.  By participating in the program, we hope to encourage communities to stay current with best practices for lowering soft costs associated with solar, to encourage economic development and job growth in their regions, and to help their citizens and businesses be better informed about “going solar.”


What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about? 

I worked with municipalities for years, helping them navigate their way through thorny bond finance issues. I am most excited about engaging with committed staff members of our clients and helping them navigate the unique waters of SolSmart.

About Brad

Brad Rutledge is a SolSmart Advisor at the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, serving 10 communities throughout Colorado.