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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

I have dedicated my career to smart energy management as a key ingredient in a sustainable future. Solar, coupled with deep levels of energy efficiency, provides a pathway to carbon neutrality, and I can attest, to a higher quality of life. I have “solarized” three of my own homes, and worked with clients on win-win solutions that are both profitable and responsible.

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

“SolSmart’s coming to town” and with it is a wave of enthusiasm and can-do attitude. I’ve already seen how the program has affected our eight SBCCOG cities. They are fired up to achieve the Gold distinction… to make their own municipal processes easier for residents and businesses to go solar. In one-on-one meetings, we’re able to use the SolSmart platform to systematically promote solar policies that will drive down soft costs and the barriers to solar. SolSmart presents what’s possible… and allows cities to choose strategies that make local sense.

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

Personally, community outreach. While fulfilling the prerequisites and achieving requisite levels of points, what spins my wheels is building on comprehensive solar policy platforms through strategic community outreach. With the right policies and programs in place, we’ll be working with the momentum in our eight partner cities, encouraging residents and businesses to go solar. Our team is already planning solar meetings and workshops that can be attended by residents and businesses from a number of cities… inviting non-participating SBCCOG cities to join in as well.

About Ted

Ted Flanigan is the President of EcoMotion and will be responsible for the SolSmart project’s overall management in collaboration with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments and its eight participating cities. Ted is dedicated to fostering sustainable energy development. For the past 34 years, he has advocated smart and responsible energy management, working within two major electric utilities on both the East and West coasts – New York Power Authority and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power – providing strategic consulting services for cities, utilities, and others across the country and in many foreign countries. He lives in a solar-powered home and drives a solar-powered electric car.

For the past 11 years Ted Flanigan has led the EcoMotion team. He’s managed projects for local governments including Santa Monica, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Mammoth Lakes, Sonoma County, Association of Bay Area Governments, Anaheim Public Utilities, Burbank Water and Power, Corona Water and Power, and Moreno Valley Utilities, and for corporate clients such as LA Metro, Sempra, Capital Group, Cathay Bank, Kimco Realty, and EcoMedia. Current works include solar project expansions in Orange County and Millbrook, New York.