Andrea Cruz Quiroz

Andrea Cruz Quiroz
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2020

Andrea is a first-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Before attending Yale, she worked in solar energy for three years and backpacked around the world for a year and a half. She is passionate about advancing the adoption of solar energy around the world and is planning to dedicate her career to that goal.  She graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Currently, she works at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and at the Center for Industrial Ecology. Her hobbies include dancing, photography, and brewing coffee. 

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Sleeping Giant: The State of Solar in South Carolina

The popularity of solar energy skyrocketed in South Carolina (SC) with the introduction of net metering in 2014 when the state legislature unanimously passed its landmark energy bill. After the introduction of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) program, the Palmetto State went from having virtually no solar energy to having an installed capacity of 591 megawatts (MW).