About Us

The Large-scale Solar Association (LSA) is the lead utility-scale solar advocacy organization in California.

About Us

Our Work

California must build 40GW of new utility scale solar by 2035, with a total of 70+GW by 2045 to meet state climate and energy goals. LSA is shaping the platform for this unprecedented development through advocacy at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Energy Commission (CEC), within the California Legislature and working with individual counties.

Our work focuses on the following priorities:

  • Instituting sufficient, predictable procurement cycles and a stable and transparent interconnection process
  • Fostering a stable and healthy utility off-taker environment and positive working relationships with permitting counties
  • Building sufficient new transmission to bring power to the market
  • Shaping new comprehensive land use policies that accelerate solar and storage siting while protecting species, and ensuring rational permitting pathways
  • Ensuring stable state tax policies and an overall environment that supports utility-scale solar development as a keystone climate-mitigation resource
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Shannon Eddy

Executive Director

Shannon Eddy, Executive Director, is a 25-year veteran in environmental and clean energy politics. She started lobbying the CA legislature in 2000 on behalf of renewable energy and conservation groups – with passage of AB 1493 (2002) Pavley GHG bill as a first big win. She was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as his advisor on energy efficiency and renewables, and she was an originating member of his Climate Action Team. Shannon was appointed by Governor Brown to the CA Workforce Investment Board. She led LSA’s introduction of SB 100, the grid decarbonization bill, and in 2020, led a coalition of companies to enact SB 364 to protect the solar property tax exemption from repeal in the event Proposition 15 was passed by voters.

Hillary Hebert

HMH Energy Consulting

Hillary Hebert, HMH Energy Consulting, serves as LSA’s regulatory consultant. She is a California energy industry expert specializing in resource planning, clean energy procurement, energy efficiency and demand response. She is an effective navigator of California issues, known for ability to clearly frame the issues, facilitate, problem-solve and influence stakeholders with diverse perspectives to find common ground. She also has extensive experience in managing and interpreting technical analysis. Prior to HMH, she served in multiple roles at SDG&E for more than 13 years.

Cara Martinson

Public House Consulting

Cara Martinson, Public House Consulting, serves as LSA’s legislative representative. Cara has 20 years of experience in government relations and advocacy spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors of government work. Most recently, Cara served as a Senior Director managing government affairs for a national renewable energy developer and spent seven years as an Appointed County Planning Commissioner.

Lillian Mirviss

Policy Director

Lillian Mirviss, Policy Director, has a breadth of experience advocating for clean energy policy across the industry. She started her career at the California Energy Commission managing state-funded environmental-energy research and development grants and most recently served as a Senior Legislative Manager at MCE, California’s first Community Choice Aggregator. Lillian has dedicated her 12-year career to advocating for clean energy in California, with a wide range of expertise and experience spanning across nonprofits, state agencies, and cleantech. She focuses her work on collaboration and communication to build strategies that advance California’s renewable energy goals.

Susan Schneider

Phoenix Consulting

Susan Schneider, Phoenix Consulting, serves as LSA’s CAISO consultant. She has nearly 40 years of retail and wholesale experience. Before founding Phoenix Consulting, Susan was Vice President of Client Services for CAISO, and led energy restructuring efforts at PG&E as Director of Restructuring. She been a thought leader for the solar industry and has led LSA’s CAISO policy work since 2008.