In an interview, the outgoing head of the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association talks about the policy successes and challenges that shaped the industry’s growth over his tenure with the organization.

by Frank Jossi
May 17, 2021

David Shaffer was hired by the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association in 2013 as an intern assigned to study how utilities should value solar energy.

A Vermont Law School student at the time, Shaffer figured energy law was “an up and coming legal space,” and that a developing organization just a few years old might be a good place to hone his skills. 

Shaffer, 32, eventually became executive director in 2018. After years spent planning conferences, developing policies, selling memberships and representing the state’s solar industry before state regulators and legislative committees, he will leave his post in June to join a local solar company.