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Pari Kasotia, Mid-Atlantic Director, Vote Solar

Pari Kasotia serves as the Mid-Atlantic Director for Vote Solar since 2017. In this role, she advocates for strong and equity-focused solar policies.  Prior to this, Pari served as the Deputy Director of The Solar Foundation where she provided leadership and oversight, and was the lead author of the 2017 US Solar Industry Diversity Study. Pari is listed in Renewable Energy World’s Solar 40 under 40 Professionals and Midwest Energy News 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. In 2019, Pari was selected as one of the Advisory Council members of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and was also voted in to serve on the Board of Director of Maryland, DC, Delaware, and Virginia’s Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA).

Pari began her clean energy career at the Iowa Office of Energy Independence (OEI) as Statistical Research Analyst for energy programs in 2009. She was promoted to leadership roles at OEI as well as at the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). During her tenure, she undertook multi-million-dollar clean energy and energy efficiency programs.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Council for Energy and Environment and previously served as the Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Energy Bar Association as well as Advisory Member for the Iowa Energy Center.

She also started her non-profit initiative called Unfolding Energy which filled a very critical gap in Iowa to educate Iowans on the linkage between energy choices and its impact on the climate change. She has made numerous presentations on topics related to energy and environment. In 2017, she spoke at the High-Level Event on the Sustainable Development Agenda at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York.

She has authored a number of clean energy articles for NJ Spotlight, PennLive, Triple Pundit, The Des Moines Register, UN Chronicle and the Des Moines Business Record and has been quoted in Solar Power World, Solar Industry Magazine, Renewable Energy Magazine, Utility Dive, Times of Trenton, TGEink, New Jersey 101.5, EndeavorNews, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

She holds two Master’s degree; an MBA and an MPA. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and Politics.




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