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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

I approach my work from a climate equity perspective. Energy is an important component to people’s wellbeing. I want to help get clean energy to frontline communities by helping local governments make it easier for installment, financing, and more.

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

SolSmart provides a structured pathway and resources for communities to get more renewable energy. For communities that haven’t done any solar work before, this is a way for them to get connected to trusted organizations and to work towards tangible goals such as the different designations.

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

I am really excited to help lower the soft costs for people to get renewable energy and encourage the growth of green jobs.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I want to become more knowledgeable about renewable energy and lift up the different ways that communities are changing the energy landscape.

About Hoi-Fei

Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok is the climate equity lead at ICLEI USA, bringing 8+ years of social justice and community organizing experience to manage partnerships with local environmental justice organizations in California and provide technical assistance to local governments. Fei co-lead the 2017 ICLEI-350.org community delegation to COP23 and served on the equity advisory committee and track lead for the 2018 California Adaptation Forum. In addition, Fei’s environmental science background grounds their technical support and training curriculum development around climate action planning, adaptation, greenhouse gas inventorying, and renewable energy. Fei coordinates the US Department of Energy’s Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) Program on the contribution analysis, manages the California Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) climate action planning technical assistance, and is an adviser for the SolSmart Program.

Fei holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia with a dissertation on the feasibility of wastewater reuse for agricultural irrigation, and a BA in Biochemistry with honors from Wellesley College, Massachusetts.