The Solar Power World editorial team is proud to continue our Top Solar Champions awards program that began in 2021. These four awards, open to all those employed by Top Solar Contractor companies, highlight talent in the industry in different skill areas.
The 2022 Top Solar Advocate award-winner is Mike Teresso, president of Escondido, California’s, Baker Electric Home Energy.
Since joining the company in 2013, Teresso has used his leadership position to advocate for positive solar policy at both the state and federal level.
Teresso provided testimony before the California Public Utilities Commission during the NEM 2.0 hearings in 2016 and has recently been a vocal supporter of Save California Solar’s campaign to rectify the CPUC’s NEM 3.0 proposal. Teresso encourages his employees to get involved in these efforts, making Baker well-represented at rallies and other advocacy events.
Teresso also wrote an opinion piece against the initial NEM 3.0 proposal for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and appeared on local news stations talking about the implications of poor solar policy.
At the national level, Teresso traveled to Washington, D.C., in 2017 to testify before the U.S. International Trade Commission during the Section 201 solar tariff hearings.
State, local and national policy has a major impact on solar markets in the United States, and leaders like Teresso are necessary for ensuring industry growth.