John Calhoun Treasurer
John Anthony Calhoun is a Financial Analyst III at the South Carolina Public Service Authority, located in Moncks Corner, SC. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX) with a B.S in Physics and Mathematics in 1991. His graduate education was completed at Rice University (Houston, TX) where he received a M.S in Computation and Applied Mathematics in 1994.
This is John's first year as a member of the SCSC Board. He looks forward to adding his voice as the 2018 Board develops the vision for the next level of solar development of the SC Solar Council.
Outside of the office, John Anthony enjoys discovering new restaurants, supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers, working with various organizations on the national and local level, and mentoring the youth at Charity Missionary Church in North Charleston, SC.
Sr. Financial Analyst
SC Public Service Authority
One Riverwood Drive Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Dr. Elise Fox Chair
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 Past-Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Energy & Fuels and is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Biomass Council.
Savannah River National Laboratory
301 Gateway Drive Aiken, SC 29803
Mark Furtick, P.E.
Manager, Distributed Energy Resources
100 SCANA Parkway Cayce, SC
South Coast Solar
1219 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201
Craig Knowlton works as the Vice President of Business Development at Alder Energy Systems, a Charleston-based solar integrator focused on deploying renewable energy solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. As a new member of the SCSC Board in 2019, Craig is excited to promote a dialogue that educates citizens about solar and clarifies its realities, benefits, and best practices in an often changing and confusing energy landscape.
Prior to joining Alder Energy in early 2014, Craig worked in Colorado as the Inside Sales Manager at RGS Energy, communicating with homeowners nationwide and learning about the diversity of solar policies existing across states and utilities. After three years living along the Rocky Mountains, he returned to sunny South Carolina with his family, committed to providing economically and environmentally sustainable electricity solutions across the state. Craig’s experience extends beyond alternative energy, having worked as Educational Sales Manager for Arbordale Publishing in Mount Pleasant and as an Adjunct Professor at College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.
Craig holds a MA in English from College of Charleston & The Citadel (2007) as well as a BA from Kenyon College (2002).
Vice President of Business Development
Alder Energy Systems, LLC
495 Jessen Lane Charleston, SC 29492
Manager, Contracts & Interconnections Distributed Energy Resources
40 W. Broad Street, Suite 690 Greenville, SC 29601
Professor, Department of Politics
Coastal Carolina University
Brittain Hall 350, 125 Chanticleer Dr. West, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC 29528-6054
Eddie Plowden Assistant Treasurer
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
Roxanne Livingston Rich Secretary
Roxanne Livingston Rich is the Renewable Energy Project Coordinator at Gregory Electric Co. She obtained her B.S. in Physics from Furman University (2010) and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina (2015).
Roxanne has been the secretary of the SC Solar Council since 2016 and a Board member since 2018. She enjoys working closely with the SCSC board in designing & updating the web site, updating memberships, and assisting in organizing the Fall & Spring meetings. Roxanne looks forward to contributing her voice to the Board as we set the tone for the next phase of the SC Solar Council.
Outside of the office Roxanne enjoys teaching dance and choreographing for the competition team at Bailey Fine Arts Centre, playing kickball in City of Columbia’s adult league, and volunteering at her church, Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church. Most importantly Roxanne loves spending time with her husband, Auston, their newborn son, Foster, and her family & friends!
Gregory Electric Co., Inc.
7111 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Brad Van Meter Vice-Chair
Brad Van Meter is a Comprehensive Solutions Account Manager for Trane / Ingersoll Rand with over 27 years of experience. His particular area of expertise is in the development of energy savings performance contracts within K-12, higher education, public sector and state agency vertical markets.
Mr. Van Meter has managed project teams, from initial project identification through implementation, on numerous performance contracting projects throughout the Southeast. His role is to identify customer financial and infrastructure needs, assist in the final negotiations of performance contracts, and lead the project team both during and after the initial contract period.
Brad has been involved in Performance Contracting since 2000 where he led the successful efforts that resulted major sales within South Carolina. Brad was formerly Branch Manager of Johnson Controls in Greenville, SC and was instrumental in providing the LEED commissioning for the Hipp Hall Classroom Building at Furman University – the first LEED certified building in the State of South Carolina.
He later served as Municipal Utility Solutions Manager for Johnson Controls implementing municipal infrastructure upgrade programs within the United States and Canada. Prior to that, Brad was an industry leader within the Utility Construction realm, pioneering some of the earliest automated trenchless technology and automated tunneling projects within North America.
Comprehensive Energy Solutions Manager
288 Fairforest Way Greenville, SC 29607