A Tribute to Les Nelson, A True Solar Champion

Les Nelson, a true solar champion, passed yesterday. In the past I had the honor of working with Les and Howard Wenger on net metering and other solar policy on behalf of California Solar & Storage Association. Below is a note from CALSSA’s Bernadette Del Chiaro regarding Les:

“Les was one of CALSSA’s longest-serving board members. He was the former board president and interim executive director. He was chair of the Solar Heating and Cooling Committee and was always a guiding hand for the staff and the businesses we support. He will be deeply missed.

Les was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge of both policy and market data, and he truly supported the growth of all forms of solar energy – thermal, PV, and batteries alike. He worked tirelessly across several decades to pass the Solar Rights Act as well as the first net metering law, to name just a few of his many significant contributions.

To me, more important than his intellect and commitment to CALSSA and the industry we serve, Les was the commensurate team player, never ruling from ego, always helping in ways many of us could not see, and never expecting anything in return. In this way, Les was not only a leader in the day-to-day governance of this Association but a true leader of the heart and spirit of CALSSA.”

You can read Bernadette’s full tribute, here.