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Meet Bridget, one of our newest employees here at Distributed Sun.
Bridget joined Distributed Sun in December 2020. As a Senior Solar Developer, she is primarily responsible for overlooking project life cycles with everything from site selection to design, permitting, interconnection, EPC selection, construction, timeline management, and the final launch of commercial operations.
Bridget learned importance of sustainable practices at an early age. As a child, she lived on a farm and loved to spend time outdoors. She was raised with a deep respect for animals and nature as a whole, and this passion has carried with her throughout her schooling and career path. Although originally interested in veterinary practices, she shifted her focus to environmental topics in school to pursue classes related to global warming and climate change. She has worked to obtain skills and experience in government policy positions, private entities, and non-governmental organizations during her undergraduate schooling.
Bridget earned her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech in 2017 in Sustainable Biomaterials with a minor in Green Engineering. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Bridget participated in a number of extracurricular activities and internships. She served in Virginia Tech’s Office of Sustainability for two years, leading teams of interns focused on energy and recycling initiatives across the school’s campus. During the Obama administration, she completed an internship with the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., in the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy.
Bridget has also participated in international non-profit work, traveling to a remote village in Ghana where she assisted in establishing a small solar business intended to bolster local economies while lessening community reliance on toxic fossil fuels such as kerosene. In creating this system, Bridget gained a global perspective on sustainability development.
Prior to joining Distributed Sun, Bridget worked as an engineering manager in the residential homebuilding and development industry. Her experience gives her unique insight into organizations that do not prioritize sustainability or understand the benefits of renewable energy deployment. Bridget’s life goal is to see a change in the global perception of sustainability. She hopes to encourage others to see the economic and environmental value of being resource and material conscious.
Bridget is excited to be working on corporate, community, and utility-scale solar development at DSUN, especially given her understanding of the inner workings of organizations without a sustainability focus. She knew that she would be a great fit at Distributed Sun after meeting the team and seeing the great work that we do here.
“I believe in the power of the company one keeps, so if I’m going to be the best at what I do and make as much of an impact as I hope to, I have to surround myself with people that challenge me and push me. To be the best, you must surround yourself with the best. That’s what Distributed Sun is.”
What skills does Bridget uniquely expect to master now that she has joined our team?
“Versatility. The wider the range of skills and disciplines I master, the more lethal I can be in the fight against climate change. I have the opportunity to work on, learn about, and master a wide variety of different skills and disciplines in many different aspects of the Renewable Energy industry, and that’s what differentiated DSUN from other businesses.”
We can’t wait to see all of the great work that Bridget will do!