Stella Group, Ltd.
The Stella Group, Ltd.. is a strategic marketing and policy firm for clean distributed energy users and companies which include advanced batteries and controls, energy efficiency, fuel cells, heat engines, minigeneration (natural gas), microhydropower, modular biomass, photovoltaics, small wind, and solar thermal (including daylighting, water heating, industrial preheat, building air-conditioning, and electric power generation). The Stella Group, Ltd. blends distributed energy technologies, aggregates financing (including leasing), with a focus on system standardization.
Scott Sklar, the Group's founder and president, lives in a solar home (solar water heating system and 1.5 kW of photovoltaics including .5kW of the new 'peel and stick pv, and pv attic vent fan) , and a direct-exchange ground-coupled heat pump - virtually a zero energy home - in Arlington, Virginia and the separate office building of The Stella Group, Ltd. has 1 kW of solar photovoltaic roofing shingles, advanced battery bank and high-efficiency (ductless heat pump, double pane windows and R38 insulation), a 0.5 kW wind turbine, solar daylight tube, and a 5 kW PEM fuel cell for backup and peak power augmentation (the first commercial leased fuel cell in the United States, LED/CFL lighting) - resulting a a zero energy building. His Washington, DC office building has a 1.5 kW photovoltaics system which is one block from The White House, featuring PV modules from 10 companies.
For 15 years he was simultaneously the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. For two years prior, he was Political Director of the Solar Lobby formed by the national environmental groups, after 3 years at the National Center for Appropriate Technology as alternatively RD&D and Washington Directors. Scott served for nine years as an energy and military aide to Senator Jacob K Javits (NY) and was cofounder of the Congressional Solar Coalition - the group that drove the early 1970's legislation for renewables. His coauthored book, A Consumer Guide to Solar Energy, was re-released for its third printing. His Q&A contributions appear on the largest clean energy web portal: www.renewableenergyaccess.com . Stella Sklar, his 15 year old daughter, is a registered lobbyist on clean energy.
Scott Sklar is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and the Renewable Energy Policy Project, and Co Chairs the Policy Committee of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.
Scott Sklar was selected as the Renewable Energy Industry Representative onto REEEP No Am Adv Committee of UN Int'l RE Activity in August 2006. REEEP is a Public-Private partnership and was launched by the United Kingdom along with UN agencies UNIDO and UNDP, 30 other governments, and Sklar was also appointed in April 2007 onto National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy & Technology (NACEPT) of USEPA.