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Steve Kalland
Executive Director

Steve Kalland, Executive Director of the Center, has over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Center and its programs, including activities programs ranging from technical assistance to economic development, public policy, STEM education and workforce development. Mr. Kalland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and the N.C. GreenPower organization and is a past board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA). He is also on the Advisory Board of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), based in Washington, DC. Previously, Steve served as project manager with McNeil Technologies, Inc. of Springfield, VA and as the director for Government Relations and Grid-Tied Markets at Xantrex Technology, Inc. (formerly Trace Engineering, now part of Schneider Electric). Steve is a former executive director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), the regional chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Before that, he was the director of State Programs and Policy Analysis at the national SEIA. Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with a degree in Government and Psychology, and in 1993 he received a Master of Science in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Rochester.  Email:

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Jim Kennerly
Sr. Policy Analyst

Jim Kennerly is a policy analyst, and joined the Center’s Energy Policy team in May 2013. He focuses mainly on research of government incentives, utility incentives and regulatory policies affecting clean energy development. He received a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Oberlin College. Jim previously worked for the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and ICF International. At NCSEA, he supervised the organization’s regulatory and legislative analysis, as well as its engagement with independent research contractors, including RTI International and La Capra Associates’ “The Economic, Utility Portfolio and Rate Impact of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina,” the first retrospective analysis of the impacts of North Carolina’s key clean energy policies since 2007. In addition, Jim has offered expert testimony before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, and is a graduate of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Utility Rate School.  Phone:  919-513-0792  Email:

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Christina Kopitopoulou
Clean Power & Industrial Efficiency Specialist

Christina Kopitopoulou is a Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency Extension Specialist at the Center. Her work focuses on project assessments for combined heat & power (CHP) and other clean energy technologies for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities, as well as policy and programs supporting these technologies. Prior to her work for the Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency program, Christina helped prepare the Solar Center Test Lab gain solar thermal accreditation. Christina received her M.S. in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands investigating thermo-chemical heat storage and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in Athens, Greece. Email: