Vice President of Strategic Engagement
B.A., Yale University, English Language & Literature, 2000
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2004
Leadership & Affiliations
Solar United Neighbors, Board Member
Black Owners in Solar Services, Advisory Committee
Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), Vice President – Board (2017-2020)
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Co-Chair – Consumer Protection Committee (2018-2020)
Interfaith Power & Light, DC.MD.NoVA, Chair of Steering Committee (2018-2020)
American Association of Blacks in Energy, Member
Nicole W. Sitaraman is an experienced attorney and policy strategist with a diverse background in energy and environmental policy, consumer advocacy and stakeholder engagement. A thought leader on climate and energy issues, she has been involved in local, regional and national discussions regarding the integration of clean energy resources and community-driven climate solutions for the benefit of communities of color, low-income families, the environment and the broader energy grid. Ms. Sitaraman is a former Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc., the nation’s largest residential solar, battery storage and energy management services provider. She spearheaded Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Sunrun, Ms. Sitaraman was an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia. Prior to working in clean energy policy, Ms. Sitaraman was a litigator at a nationally-recognized civil rights and whistleblower rights firm.
Ms. Sitaraman has contributed to the development and passage of numerous groundbreaking solar policies and initiatives, including but not limited to the District of Columbia’s Community Renewables Energy Act of 2013, Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019, New Jersey’s Clean Energy Act of 2018, New Jersey Energy Master Plan of 2019, Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan and DC’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2014.
Energy Storage Policy:
Ms. Sitaraman was integral to achieving progressive, streamlined interconnection procedures adopted by the Maryland Public Service Commission and District of Columbia Public Service Commission in recent years and the acceptance of the Virtual Power Plant model for customer-sited battery storage by Maryland policymakers.
Ms. Sitaraman is a highly sought-after speaker at policy conferences and events across the country, including the Princeton University Energy Conference, Interstate Renewable Energy Council Vision Summit, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the PJM Interconnection Board of Managers Meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Annual Education Conference, the New Jersey Spotlight Clean Energy Forum and Solar Power International. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer on energy policy at Howard University, University of Maryland Honors College and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute.
Why did you join SCA?
I joined SCA to help build out the civic infrastructure and strategic partnerships to support the firm’s focus on climate impact investments and inclusive clean energy finance. SCA is a national leader in clean energy finance and I am honored to be a part of this stellar team.