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Tommy Cleveland
Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

Tommy Cleveland is the Renewable Energy Project Coordinator where he leads the Center’s solar energy testing and demonstration program, works toward Plug and Play photovoltaic codes, standards, and systems, conducts renewable energy site assessments and provides technical support to a wide variety of solar projects and stakeholders across North Carolina and beyond. From 2008 to 2012, Tommy taught the solar energy course in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at NC State, and is now teaching solar courses in the Environmental Technology and Management department.  He has been a licensed professional engineer (PE) in North Carolina since 2007.  He graduated Sum Cum Laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Management and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from  NC State University.  His interest in renewable energy led him to the Solar Center where he performed his master’s thesis on energy metering methods for domestic solar hot water systems. Industry Involvement: Board of Directors, Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC); Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) Steering Committee; Member of N.C. Sustainability Association and American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Email:

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Kimberly Conley
Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency Project Coordinator

Kimberly has 10 years of NC State University specific experience in outreach, extension and engagement. Her efforts in communication and business development highlight the importance of nurturing partnerships and collaborations with the ultimate objective of advocating for the competitiveness of NC business and industry. Kimberly leverages the Center’s capabilities in order to to meet the needs and objectives of commercial, industrial and government entities as they pertain to energy efficiency and sustainability. Her efforts include extensive outreach and development initiatives to promote the Center as a resource in support of sustainability. She consulted directly for the U.S. Department of Commerce NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership on a national supply chain optimization initiative.  She previously served as assistant director of Energy Solutions as part of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, and worked for the NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership / Industry Expansion Solutions group. Kimberly has a master’s of arts degree in environmental communication from NC State University.