2017 Board Members
Dr. Elise B. Fox is the Solar Energy Program Manager and a Principal Engineer at the Savannah River National Laboratory, located in Aiken, SC. She graduated from the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC) with a B.S in Chemistry in 2001. Her graduate education was completed at The Pennsylvania State University were she received a M.S (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) in Materials with a minor in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering. Dr. Fox’s research is focused on the integration of renewable energy and achieving near term cost targets in order to achieve grid parity. She has four submitted patents, over fifty peer reviewed technical publications. She is Councilor and Immediate Past-Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Energy & Fuels and is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Biomass Council.
Solar Energy Program Manager
Savannah River National Laboratory
301 Gateway Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
Mark Furtick, P.E.
Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
100 SCANA Parkway
Cayce, SC 29033
Philip served on the S.C. Solar Council Board of Directors as the Vice-Chairman from 2010 – 2014. He is currently employed as a Senior Engineer for Santee Cooper and spends most of his time as a Program Manager for the utility’s Custom Rebate Program and for the Standby Generator Lease Program. He is the Key Account Manager for large commercial customers such as hospitals, surgical centers, utilities, data centers, and other critical customers. As Senior Engineer, he is also responsible for providing specialized engineering and technical services such as Power Quality, Energy Audits, Thermal Storage, and Renewable Energy Interconnects. He also serves as a Project Manager for the installation of all emergency power systems for Santee Cooper.
Philip started his career while working for B. P. Barber & Associates as a surveyor. His surveying work led to a general construction career for M. B. Kahn, and then for Spartan Food Systems as an Assistant Project Superintendent building Hardees around the Columbia area. New construction projects led to his interest to attend Clemson University for a B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology degree. While attending Clemson University, he worked for the College of Engineering’s Department of Technical Services as an Engineering Technician where he worked on college contracts with local industries, Dunlop and Milliken, for specialized technical services such as high speed cinematography and problem solving analyses to correct production problems at their plants.
Philip was raised in Columbia, S.C. and has lived in the beautiful state of South Carolina his whole life. He currently resides in sunny Myrtle Beach, S.C.
305-A Gardner Lacy Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 347-3399, ext. 3029
Manager, Contracts & Interconnections
Distributed Energy Resources
40 W. Broad Street, Suite 690
Greenville, SC 29601
Eddie Plowden is the Director of Marketing and Energy Services at Berkeley Electric Cooperative where he has over 30 years of experience with residential and commercial energy program, design and management. He has worked in development and implementation of weatherization loan programs, various rebate programs, and demand response water heater programs. He has directed the education of employees and members on energy use to include managing the solar PV Net Metering program. Eddie is also the primary electric rate trainer for BEC and provides Economic Development and commercial members, with rate consulting and quotes. He has also been involved with BEC media communication & Berkeley/Charleston EOC, through major storm events like Hugo and winter storm Pax 2014.
Previous board experience ranges from advisory board member to the South Carolina Energy office, including involvement with SC Energy Office programs, training and assisting with the Recovery Act energy efficiency allocation, to treasure and board member of the Greater Charleston YMCA & Berkeley County Family YMCA Facility.
Eddie is a lifetime resident of South Carolina, a graduate of Clemson University in Agricultural Economics, and is still active with IPTAY. Eddie’s hobbies include swimming, playing tennis, boating, watching Clemson football, and saving members and SC citizens money on their energy bill!
Director, Marketing and Energy Services
Berkeley Electric Cooperative, Inc.
551 Rembert C Dennis Boulevard
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Sara Hummel Rajca
Sara currently serves as the Community Outreach Manager for the Columbia area at Solarize South Carolina, promoting residential solar energy in the midlands.
Upon receiving her Master’s degree in Political Science from George Mason University in 2006, Sara moved to Tucson, Arizona, where she was an Environmental Planner for Pima Association of Governments. Arizona had just passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard for the state, which started solar energy growth. Sara took on solar energy at Pima Association of Governments, then spent two years with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ district office as the Solar Outreach Coordinator and Constituent Services Representative, while also being the district contact for environmental, energy, and agriculture issues.
In 2011, Sara moved to South Carolina where she worked with the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, primarily with the Rural Resource Coalition SC—coordinating meetings and events for the organization between conservation, agriculture, forestry, affordable housing, community development, tourism, and heirs’ property.
Sara has been active with the SC Solar Council since 2011 and has served on the board since 2012. She lives in Columbia with her husband, Andrew, and their two daughters, Bridget and Eleanor.
Community Outreach Manager, Solarize SC
D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
109 Riggs Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Kent is a Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Southern Current LLC. Southern Current is a renewable energy solutions provider, with a focus on solar photovoltaic energy systems. The company has installed over 300 Solar Energy Systems in seven different States. Southern Current’s services include project planning & consulting, design/engineering, equipment procurement & system installation, operations & maintenance and project development. As a developer, Southern Current has a pipeline of 500 MW of utility scale projects focused mainly in the Southeastern States, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Southern Current’s utility projects range in size from 1 to 80 MW.
Kent has been involved in start up and emerging companies since graduating from Yale University in 1987 and receiving a finance MBA from Stern School of Business at New York University in 1991. The companies with which Mr. Trowbridge has been involved run the full spectrum from technology to retail to manufacturing.
From 1993 to 1999 Kent was Senior Vice President of Operations for Delia*s, a catalog company catering to teenage girls. Delia*s was headquartered in New York, NY. During Kent’s tenure, Delia*s annual sales grew from $150,000 to over $150 million, and full-time employees grew from and from 12 to over 500. He was responsible for the 24 hour a day / 365 days a year operations of the company and was also a member of the management team.
After resigning from Delia*s Kent traveled, became an active investor in a number of small companies, and edited his father’s biography of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the wireless.
Kent lives on Daniel Island with his wife Laura and their two children, McCabe and Claire.
Southern Current LLC
1634 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29407
(877) 878-7652, ext. 777
Brad Van Meter
Comprehensive Energy Solutions Manager
288 Fairforest Way
Greenville, SC 29607
Don is a technology veteran who has worked in the photonics industry for more than 27 years. He has worked for AT&T Bell Labs, designing fiber optic systems, and co-founded and managed the R&D for the optical amplifier division of JDS Uniphase. He started a consulting company, Light Systems Associates, and while working with AT&T Labs, developed his skills in solar energy systems engineering and design.
Don has been formally trained in PV systems by Solar Energy International (the leader in solar energy training). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Optics from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University. He has seven patents and is an active contributor to the solar energy research and development community.
Don is a certified solar PV installer by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He currently serves as a board member of the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance.
Alder Energy Systems
495 Jessen Lane
Charleston, SC 29492