Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national organisation representing the advanced energy industry, welcomed Steve Chadima as its new senior vice president of communications and director of California Initiatives.
Chadima comes to AEE after serving as vice president of external affairs at Suntech Power Holdings. He began his involvement with advanced energy nearly three decades ago when he managed a non-profit corporation in Portland, Oregon, which provided services and financial incentives for energy, conservation, solar and alternative energy to residents, schools and businesses.
“Steve has proven himself an innovator many times over, and we're thrilled to have him leading our work in California and contributing to our success nationally,” said AEE CEO Graham Richard. “He brings a mix of business experience and policy expertise that will help AEE become a stronger business voice for advanced energy in California and beyond.”
Over the years, Chadima has been involved with various technology start-ups, including Idealab and UberMedia. His connection with the solar industry extends beyond his position at Suntech, as Chadima served two terms as chairman of the board at Solar Alliance and was on the board of the Solar Association.
Chadima received a BA from UC Irvine and his MBA from Stanford University.