Learn About Career Opportunities in Alternative Energy

Join us for a Career Frontiers panel about career opportunities in alternative energy, next Monday Feb. 11 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Arcata High School library.  The panel will include guests Mike Avcollie from Redwood Coast Energy Authority, Nate McKeever from McKeever Energy & Electric, and Thaila Quinn from Schatz Energy Center, who will share information about the history and future of renewable energy in Humboldt County, and the career opportunities that students can consider in the renewable energy industry.  This panel is open to the public and all Northern Humboldt students and parents are welcome to attend. The conversation will start promptly at 6:30 p.m., so please arrive on time. Here are bios for our guest panelists:

Nate McKeever is a Navy veteran and HSU graduate with a degree in Industrial Technology.  McKeever Energy & Electric projects include building a 500 kW ground-mount solar PV (photovoltaic) system at the Blue Lake Rancheria, the installation of multiple ground-mount solar PV systems for the Arcata School District, an 126 kW rooftop solar PV system on the Arcata Technology Center, a half-megawatt ground-mount solar PV system in Palm Springs, seven electric vehicle charging stations throughout Humboldt County, and the electrical infrastructure for multiple commercial manufacturing facilities in Arcata.

Thalia Quinn holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from New Mexico Tech and is working towards her M.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State. She is a graduate fellow at the Schatz Energy Research Center, where she is part of the “Solar+” project — a solar array + battery storage + demand response installation at the Blue Lake Rancheria’s gas station & convenience store. For her thesis, she is studying the techno-economic feasibility of installing similar systems at small scale commercial buildings throughout California. The Schatz Center specializes in clean and renewable energy. Through its affiliation with HSU, the Center enables undergraduate and graduate students to acquire hands-on experience with emerging technologies, including microgrids, offshore wind, and clean transportation, and with renewable energy policy, product testing, and planning.

Mike Avcollie has a degree in Communications from UCLA and a Masters in Environmental Systems with an emphasis in Energy, Technology, and Policy from HSU.  He is the project manager for RCEA’s Public Agency Solar Program and an experienced carpenter and electrician. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government Joint Powers Agency founded in 2003.  The purpose of the Energy Authority is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources (solar, wind, etc.)  available in our region for the benefit of the member agencies and their customers.