Oregon solar biz group's leader bids adieu
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Glenn Montgomery said he'll work part-time on Oregon solar matters for the next two months before leaving the state's industry trade group.
The head of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association is stepping down after three years.
Glenn Montgomery didn't specify his future plans in a letter to OSEIA members, but indicated he could continue his executive director duties on a half-time basis through August.
"After three years as its executive director, I have decided this is a good time for me to step aside and allow new leadership to emerge," Montgomery wrote.
Montgomery did say he's working on an endeavor "to help organizations do the 'soul work' necessary to create a culture that serves its employees, its customers, and its community. I want to promote integrity, authenticity, and cultivate genuine relationships in the workplace where we spend most of our time each day."
As far as OSEIA goes, Montgomery encouraged the group to hone its public policy agenda in time for Oregon's next full legislative session, in 2015.
"It will be a pivotal time for the solar industry in Oregon, and OSEIA will need a seasoned political operative who is well- prepared to represent our interests in Salem," he said.
Montgomery acknowledged that the industry is facing challenges but noted several clear victories, including passage of feed-in tariff legislation in 2009 and other strategies that ensured "transparency, certainty and equity" for members who worked with Oregon's Public Utility Commission.
OSEIA also engineered property tax abatements for utility-scale projects in Rural Renewable Energy Development Zones during the 2013 legislative session.
"Rest assured, the Board of Directors and I are committed to facilitating a smooth transition while working within the constraints of a budget not immune to the changing political winds and challenging economic times," Montgomery wrote. "There is still much to do, and we are responding with creativity to most effectively meet the needs of our membership while maintaining a balanced budget."
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