Solar Technical Assistance Team Profile: Erin Nobler

Aug. 14, 2014 by Sherry Stout

Erin Nobler, a project leader in the Market Transformation Center, answers six questions about her work at NREL.

What are your primary research interests?

I’m currently very interested in the net energy metering discussion that is happening in a lot of locations across the country. I’m looking forward to diving into this research more in the upcoming weeks and months.

What is the most interesting issue in solar for you right now?

I’m really interested in the opportunity for solar to be used in resilience and emergency planning. There is a huge opportunity to use solar in a way that will provide critical assistance during and right after natural disasters, so I am looking forward to seeing how cities are going to implement it in a useful way.

What opportunities do you see for solar?

I recently attended an event with Grid Alternatives, and I really love the idea of getting solar onto the roofs of non-traditional solar homeowners and providing needed electricity bill relief. This method really opens the doors to making PV more accessible to more people.

What challenges do you see?

I think this benefits and costs of solar discussion that we’re seeing is going to be quite challenging to solve. There are a lot of opposing viewpoints and business models that are going to make coming to a collaborative resolution quite tricky. I also see this as an opportunity, though, to have a comprehensive conversation about how we as a society value solar and the benefits it can provide.

What is your favorite thing about providing technical assistance?

I absolutely love working with people that are passionate and driven and just need the informational resources to get things done. Motivated individuals and groups create such a powerful force that you feel inspired and ready to take on even the toughest challenges.

What are you reading outside of work? And/or, what are your non-work interests/activities?

I just finished the book Monuments Men. I would highly recommend it to anyone. It does a great job of explaining the accomplishments of an amazing group of men and women while still feeling like an action-adventure book. As for activities, I just adopted a one-year-old dog named Daisy May, so she is currently taking up almost all of my non-work time with running, brushing, cuddling, and training. However, when I’m not running around the park with her, you can find me skiing, camping, relaxing in my backyard, and spending time up in the mountains.