The Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) has selected Katharine Kollins as its new president, effective Oct. 1. Kollins succeeds Brian O'Hara, who stepped down in May.
According to the SEWC, Kollins has extensive experience in project development, project management and finance, namely working with a team at First Wind to secure $400 million in financing for a 200 MW farm, formulating a federal grant funding strategy for Vestas research and development and serving as a development manager for The Wind Alliance. She served in renewable energy capacities as an analyst at the Nicholas Institute and authored a National Renewable Energy Laboratory paper on third-party financing of solar energy systems.
In her new role, Kollins will lead strategy, policy and public advocacy efforts in the southeast.