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Team

The VeraSol team holds a rich technical and programmatic background in quality assurance coupled with a commitment to provide neutral, high-quality service to the sector.

Operational Leadership

VeraSol is managed by CLASP in collaboration with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University (Schatz Center). CLASP and the Schatz Center began their partnership implementing the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program in 2016 and now continue that work under VeraSol.

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CLASP

CLASP improves the energy and environmental impacts of the appliances we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. We serve at the epicenter of ambitious and collaborative efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change and make the world sustainable for all. CLASP works hand-in-hand with policymakers, governments, technical experts, industry, donor organizations, and consumer groups to develop and lead markets towards the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive products. CLASP envisions a world in which appliances and other products are life-changing, low-impact, and environmentally responsible.

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Schatz Energy Research Center

Schatz Energy Research Center’s mission is to promote the use of clean and renewable energy. The center accomplishes this by: designing, demonstrating, and deploying clean and renewable energy technologies; implementing collaborative programs that support the deployment of clean energy systems; performing lab and field research; engaging in scientific and policy analysis; providing graduate fellowships and work opportunities for student engineers and scientists; and educating the public about clean and renewable energy. The Center was established in 1989, thanks to generous funding from Dr. Louis W. Schatz. It is affiliated with Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program.

Team Members

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Ari Reeves

Senior Manager, CLASP

As manager of VeraSol, Ari brings extensive experience in product quality and data management, and advises on programmatic and technical decisions.

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Dr. Arne Jacobson

Director, Schatz Center

Arne brings 30 years of international experience in the off-grid solar sector to the team, and he serves as the technical lead for off-grid quality assurance for VeraSol.

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Elisa Lai

Manager, CLASP

An expert in off-grid appliances, Elisa pioneers VeraSol’s product database and manages test method and quality standard development for a growing suite of appliances and productive use technologies.

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Alejandro Cervantes

Engineering Technician, Schatz Center

With a background in mechanical engineering and renewable energy, Alejandro assists the team in coordinating the VeraSol verification process, testing products, and reviewing test reports.

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Ana Luisa (Luli) Sosa

Associate, CLASP

Luli provides project management support for VeraSol, including product testing and quality verification services.

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Asif Hassan

Senior Associate, CLASP

Asif provides analytical support to VeraSol, which includes reviewing product data and developing and monitoring program indicators.

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Charles Muchunku

Policy Consultant

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Charles works with VeraSol to support the adoption and implementation of quality standards for pico-PV and solar home system kits in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Christopher Carlsen

Technical & Policy Consultant

Drawing on over 15 years of relevant policy and technical expertise, Christopher leads VeraSol’s activities supporting the adoption of harmonized off-grid solar standards.

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Corinne Schneider

Chief Communications Officer, CLASP

A part of CLASP since 2009, Corinne brings her wealth of knowledge on appliance energy efficiency and energy access to lead strategic partner engagement and branding for VeraSol.

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Elizabeth (Ellie) Van Skike

Research Assistant, Schatz Center

Ellie assists with product testing, test method development, and day-to-day support for the Schatz Center and VeraSol. Ellie is an undergraduate Environmental Resources Engineering student at Humboldt State University.

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Francis Ndonga

Associate, CLASP

Based in Naiorbi, Francis provides technical and programmatic support to VeraSol's policy work to foster the adoption of standards for off-grid solar products.

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Hamidah Naishur Nakimuli

Research Assistant, Schatz Center

Hamidah assists with product testing, test methods, government, and industry engagement at the Schatz Center and VeraSol. Hamidah is a graduate student at Humboldt State University, pursuing Energy Technology and Policy.

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Kaileigh Vincent-Welling

Research Engineer, Schatz Center

Kaileigh helps with moving products through the VeraSol verification process by developing product test plans, testing products and reviewing test reports.

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Kevin Gauna

Technical Consultant

As a lighting and solar expert, Kevin provides technical support for VeraSol and contributes to technical notes.

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Kimberly Thorpe

Energy Analyst, Schatz Center

Drawing on her experience as a project manager and electrician, Kim oversees the communication and test coordination with manufacturers and labs, reviews and interprets test reports, and provides day-to-day support of VeraSol.

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Kristen Radecsky

Senior Research Engineer, Schatz Center

Kristen began testing off-grid solar products in 2007, where she played a key role in developing IEC/TS 62257-9-5.  Kristen provides technical support and training to laboratories within the VeraSol Testing Laboratory Network.

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Lauren Boucher

Senior Communications Associate, CLASP

Lauren leads all communication efforts under VeraSol, ensuring that key insights gleaned from the program are communicated effectively.

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Meg Harper

Senior Research Engineer, Schatz Center

With over 11 years of experience in off-grid energy, Meg manages revisions to standards and test methods for off-grid products and assists with day-to-day activities related to quality verification.

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Michael Maina

Associate, CLASP

With extensive experience in clean energy access, Michael provides technical support to VeraSol’s research activities including scoping new research, implementation, and knowledge sharing.

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Nate Faith

Research Engineer, Schatz Center

Nate supports communication and test coordination with manufacturers, reviews and interprets test reports, and provides day-to-day support for VeraSol.

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Nicole Kearney

Senior Manager, CLASP

With over 12 years’ experience in appliance energy efficiency policy, Nicole provides strategic and advisory support on the adoption and implementation of off-grid solar product standards.

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Riley Macdonald

Associate, CLASP

Riley helps run the day-to-day activities of VeraSol, including coordination of product sampling and testing, updating the database, answering general inquiries, and disseminating learnings.

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Sam Grant

Director of Clean Energy Access, CLASP

With over one decade of experience in the off-grid solar energy sector, Sam oversees CLASP’s clean energy access portfolio and provides strategic guidance for VeraSol.

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Simone Groves

Schatz Center

Simone assists the team in coordinating the verification process, reviewing reports, and testing products.

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Tanya Garcia

Research Engineer, Schatz Center

Tanya assists with test method development, test report reviews, and test coordination with manufacturers and labs.

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Tom Quetchenbach

Research Engineer, Schatz Center

A research engineer at the Schatz Center since 2011, Tom assists with development and validation of test methods, apparatus, and data analysis tools and provides technical support to test laboratories.