Since 2011, SPW magazine has helped American solar contractors—including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets—grow their businesses and do their jobs better. We do this through a variety of content platforms including articles online, in our bimonthly print issue, social media, enewsletters, podcasts, webinars and more.
We are the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. We have the largest engaged online audience of any solar industry magazine. The SPW staff has won numerous ASBPEs (awards from the Association of Business Publishing Editors) for design, social media and editorial content. Solar Power World publishes the annual Top 500 Solar Contractors list, the most recognized listing of solar contracting companies in North America.
Solar Power World (SPW) is a brand of WTWH Media LLC, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
2012: New magazine national
2013: Podcast national, Solar Speaks: A Discussion with Daniel White of Clinic in a Can
2014: Social media presence national
2015: Social media presence national; Social media presence regional; Special section regional, Top Solar Contractors; Video regional: A Time To Shine: 2014 Top Solar Contractors Discuss The Industry; Feature article design regional, Engineering Developments
2016: Social media presence national; Feature article design regional: 2015 Top Solar Products 175 ways to make the sun more powerful, profitable & predictable; Opening spread design regional Array Aflame: Viewing a PV system fire test at UL; Design of contents page regional
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Meet our Editors
Kathie Zipp, Managing Editor
After graduating from Kent State University, Kathie was introduced into the world of trade journalism, specifically in the renewable energy sector. She uses what she learned from covering the wind industry to write about the technology, installation and development of solar energy. Kathie feels grateful to be writing about solar in such an exciting time for the industry. She is inspired by the wonderful people she meets in solar, with their passion, innovation and wish to do good for the planet. Kathie also loves the opportunity she gets to travel in her career, and continues to do so in her personal time as well.
Kelly Pickerel, Managing Editor
Kelly has been involved with the solar industry since 2011, when she became the founding editor of Solar Builder magazine. She joined the Solar Power World staff in 2014 and enjoys working on contractor profiles and hearing about new projects. Her areas of focus include solar services, mounting and racking, generation and panels, and the development of Solar Power World’s annual Top Solar Contractors list. Kelly graduated from Kent State University with a degree in magazine journalism and loves living, working and playing in the new City of Champions—Cleveland, Ohio.
Kelsey Misbrener, Associate Editor
Kelsey comes to Solar Power World after working at an integrative health nonprofit organization. During her time there, she learned about the interconnectedness of mind, body and environment. She has a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University, and she’s excited to return to her writing roots in the progressive solar industry. She spends much of her free time outdoors, going hiking and birding.
Editorial Advisory Board
Natalie Holtgrefe, Boston Solar
Jim Jenal, Run On Sun
Brad Dore, SMA America
Rick Gilbert, Solar Source
Scott Franklin, Lumos Solar
Wendi Littlefield, SunLink
Scott Wiater, Standard Solar
Meghan Vincent-Jones, Quick Mount PV
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