Solar group taps Energy Dept. vet for top policy slot

The Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry's main Washington, D.C.-based trade group, on Monday said it has hired Thomas P. Kimbis as both its new director of policy and research and general counsel.

Kimbis spent 2005-2009 as director of market transformation for the Energy Department’s Solar Energy Technologies Program. He previously worked on legislative affairs at DoE as well.

Most recently Kimbis was executive director of the The Solar Foundation, a SEIA-affiliated group involved in educational outreach and other activities.

“Tom has been one of the most influential leaders in the U.S. solar industry for several years and SEIA is happy to welcome him to our growing team,” SEIA President Rhone Resch said in a prepared statement Monday.

John Stanton, who was SEIA’s general counsel and a top lobbyist for the group, recently left to join the company SolarCity.