Will is the Southeast Regional Director at SEIA, managing and supporting SEIA’s policy and advocacy efforts in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. He is also a staff liaison to SEIA's Community Solar Committee, helping guide the organization's policy and industry engagement efforts on community solar programs across the country.
Prior to SEIA, Will served as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Solar Energy Association where his work focused on policy analysis, creation, and advocacy of clean energy policy through the use of rooftop solar PV, solar hot water, energy storage, and energy efficient devices. He has experience in utility policy, solar PV and solar thermal energy systems design, natural gas policy and regulation, environmental public policy, rate design, and distributed energy system policy. Prior to his work in Hawaii, Mr. Giese was a solar PV designer, policy analyst, and EMT in the Madison, Wisconsin area where he worked on both ambulances and emergency rooms that served the southern region of Wisconsin.
Will holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Public Policy and Sustainable Development from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii – Manoa in Public Administration where he graduated with honors. In his down time Will enjoys hanging with his wife and dog, hiking, horseback riding, stand-up paddleboarding, and is working on his private glider pilot’s license.