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Steering Committee

Salt Lake Community Solar is powered by the people of Salt Lake County dedicated to making residential solar electricity (or PV) a simple and affordable choice for homeowners.  Local citizens, non-profits, and local government are working together to lead the Salt Lake Community Solar effort, with each partner providing support and assistance to make this a success!

The voluntary Steering Committee was formed in October 2011 and consists of the following local citizens and organizations. From February – June 2012, the Steering Committee conducted a highly competitive bid process through a widely distributed RFP (or Request for Proposals), which resulted in several quality bids from local solar contractors.  Following a rigorous scoring and interview process by the citizen participants of SLCS, the SLCS Steering Committee members (excluding Utah Clean Energy staff) selected the solar contractors to provide discount pricing for high quality residential solar installations across Salt Lake County.  The Steering Committee is also responsible for coordinating outreach, education, volunteers, marketing, and events. 

M. Denise Davis

Denise-PhotoWith a love of the Western US, Denise relocated to Utah in 1995.  Denise uses her organizational skills and marketing background to promote valuable causes, especially as they relate to sustainability. She is currently involved with Salt Lake Community Solar as a member of the Outreach Committee and The International Rescue Committee in assisting with the resettlement of refugees. When not active with these endeavors you can find Denise having philosophical discussions with her chickens, Mabel & Gert, tending her gardens, or caring for her family and friends. In her spare time Denise manages residential rental properties owned by her and her husband Mark.

Mark Davis

Mark-Davis-4x6-2Mark Davis is a registered architect and partner with the design firm of Architectural Nexus.  Mark has a very diverse background of architectural design experience extending over 30 years in Utah and has worked on numerous facility designs throughout the intermountain west and the western United States.  Of particular note are several projects completed recently for various military bases that have incorporated LEED Certification and often times including solar PV electrical generation systems.  He has a keen interest in the SLCS project and, having volunteered for the Steering Committee, will also be one of the first to sign up for a solar PV system for his own home.

Rick Gregory

Rick-GregoryRick Gregory, a systems librarian for 17 years, is now an owner-builder working on a "green" remodel of his 1939 cottage-style house, making the home more optimal for active and passive solar energy. Rick’s interest in solar goes back to 1978, when he created a solar architecture bibliography as part of his Graduate work.  Rick was an active participant of Utah's Solar Working Group (2007-2009) and a volunteer for the Utah Solar Tour (2007-2009).

Don Mignola


Don Mignola is a University of California Berkeley graduate and a Methods Engineer working in automated accounting systems sales and consulting using Systems for Business. He has been following the progress of the PV industry since the late 1960s and became involved in the electric vehicle (EV) movement in the 1980s. In 1992 he relocated to Utah to work on an EV project and has lived here ever since. Currently he is establishing recharging systems for large EV trucks utilizing ultra-capacitors and seeks to charge vehicles while moving up to 75 miles per hour.   

Rosine Oliver

Rosine-OliverRosine Oliver, IIDA is an Interior Designer in Salt Lake City and has worked in the commercial and residential sectors for over 30 years. She presently owns her own firm, RHOdesigns,llc. Her clients have included the State of Utah, the Federal Reserve Bank and O. C. Tanner Company. Rosine was the lead volunteer for the Salt Lake Community Energy Challenge, a neighborhood based energy efficiency project. She is a resident of the Avenues where she shares a bungalow with her husband Bob Lapp and their dog Grace.

Susan Soleil

SusanSusan Paris Soleil was born in Murray, raised in Sandy and now lives in Midway. She has dedicated her working career to the nonprofit world. The Women's Resource Center, Utahn’s Against Hunger, Utah Hemophilia Foundation and Ririe Woodbury Dance Company are among her favorite organizations for whom she has worked. Currently she is the executive director of Utah Interfaith Power & Light - a nonprofit working to create a religious response to climate change. Susan's personal life is devoted to her husband, three children and three grand babies, and her large extended family residing in the Salt Lake Valley.

Jay Vestal

Jay-VestalJay Vestal is Vice President of Marketing for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for 225 zoos and aquariums throughout North America, including Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary. He joined the AZA in 2007 following a decade as fundraising Vice President for two Congressionally-chartered public lands nonprofits, the National Park Foundation and the National Forest Foundation.  He served six years as a board member of Crossroads Urban Center, participated with the Southern Utah Wilderness Society’s Faith in the Land Initiative, and has held various committee chair positions with Christ United Methodist Church, a reconciling congregation.  In 2010 he led a campaign to match a Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Grant, resulting in a 23 KW solar PV system for the church.

Mary Ann Wright

Mary-Ann-WrightMary Ann Wright served as the Energy Resource Coordinator for Utah’s Energy Advisor under Governor Huntsman and Governor Herbert. Ms. Wright brings 30 years of administrative, public policy and energy experience to the SLCS project. She worked to develop the Utah Building Energy Efficiency Strategies project, and worked as staff on the Phase I and Phase II Utah Renewable Energy Zone Task Force, a project designed to assess the feasibility of commercial renewable energy development in Utah.  Her experience informs and strengthens the SLCS project.

Utah Clean Energy Community Solar Team

UCE-SLCS-StaffSalt Lake Community Solar is a project of Utah Clean Energy and is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Rooftop Solar Challenge and Wasatch Solar Challenge. Utah Clean Energy is a non-voting member of the SLCS Steering Committee, providing technical assistance and project management and coordination.  With over two decades of combined clean energy experience, Utah Clean Energy’s staff have a long history of successful clean energy initiatives and are thrilled to be part of this pioneering effort in Utah! As pictured left to right: Billy Smallen (Project Coordinator), Kate Bowman (Outreach Coordinator), Arik Parker (Project Coordinator), Bonnie Christiansen (Project Manager), and Sara Baldwin (Project Lead Advisor).