The Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC) brings together solar energy business associations and other stakeholders in the Northeast to harmonize regional solar energy policy and advance the solar energy market. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative as a cooperative agreement through 2017.

Our Vision

A thriving, efficient regional market for solar photovoltaic energy generation in the Northeast United States.

Our Mission

To speed the creation of a more thriving and efficient regional market for solar photovoltaic energy generation in the Northeast by encouraging and involving regional solar businesses in the standardization of market policy to lower costs and increase solar market opportunity through education founded on robust analysis and regional coordination of our member organizations.

Our Guiding Principles

  1. Preserve and enhance diversity in the Northeast solar electric market. Ensure that market growth includes opportunities:
    • for all market segments - small, medium, and large,
    • for small, independent businesses as well as large ones to grow, and
    • for all customer classes to participate
  2. Advance the deployment of solar energy at the state level as rapidly as possible:
    • through standardization of solar market policies
    • through reduction of soft cost barriers
    • through innovative finance models, and
    • through support for diverse business models and deployment structures
  3. Deliver solar energy at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers and ensure that solar energy delivers the greatest possible value as a public good:
    • through a foundation of objective policy and market analysis,
    • through transparency in accounting for and reporting costs and benefits, and
    • through responsible dealings with all customers in the marketing and provision of solar products and services

Our Staff

Karl Rábago, Co-Director

Karl R. Rábago is the Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The PECC mission is to protect the earth’s environment through solutions that transform the ways that society supplies and consumes energy. Karl has some 25 years experience in energy and climate policy markets. Karl serves as Chair of the Board of the Center for Resource Solutions, a San Francisco-based non-governmental organization that works to advance voluntary clean energy markets. He also sits on the Board of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

His past positions include Commissioner, Texas Public Utility Commission; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy; Vice President of Distributed Energy Services at Austin Energy; Director of Regulatory Affairs for the AES Corporation and AES Wind; and Managing Director & Principal of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management, Karl is an attorney (University of Texas Law School, J.D. with Honors) with post-doctorate degrees in environmental (LL.M., Pace University School of Law) and military law (LL.M., US Army Judge Advocate General’s School). A veteran of more than 12 years in the US Army, he served as an Armored Cavalry officer and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and is Airborne and Ranger qualified.

Mike Trahan, Co-Director

Mike Trahan is the Executive Director of Solar Connecticut, the state's solar installer business group. Since 2003, Trahan has worked in the clean energy sector handling communications and marketing roles for various clean energy project developers, manufacturers, and state government agencies working in the solar, wind, landfill gas-to-energy, biomass, emissions reduction, energy efficiency, microturbine, and fuel cell power industries. Previously, Trahan was a senior communications director at the Connecticut General Assembly, a spokesman for gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, a director of public relations at several leading marketing firms across Connecticut and a commercial radio broadcaster.

Nick Martin

Nick Martin has been an Energy Policy Associate at the Pace Energy & Climate Center since 2013. His work focuses on increasing the deployment of clean distributed energy resources through rigorous policy analysis and direct community engagement. His areas of engagement include combined heat and power (CHP), microgrids and community energy, solar PV market policy, and CO2 emission reduction policies like the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Nick also serves as an Executive Director of the Northeast Clean Heat and Power Initiative, a 501(c)6 group representing the CHP industry in the Northeast.

Prior to joining the Center, Nick received his Masters of Science in Climate Science and Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. He also holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia. Nick has also spent time working on climate adaptation and communication projects in rural farming communities with the New Delhi based NGO Development Alternatives and investigating the characteristics and quality of public policy research at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C.