Raleigh, N.C., January 4, 2022 – Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association (CCEBA), the trade association for North and South Carolina’s clean energy industry, has elected four new officers. Rachael Estes of Apex Clean Energy and Carson Harkrader of Carolina Solar Energy will serve as Board Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. Mike Wallace of Brightnight will serve as Board Secretary, while Dennis Richter, President of Solterra Partners, LLC, will be CCEBA’s new Treasurer. Chief Executive Officer Solar Operations Solutions, LLC, Adam Foodman, will continue to serve in the CCEBA leadership group as Immediate Past Chair,

Estes worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress before earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at Duke University. She then spent several years working on energy and climate policy with the North Carolina Conservation Network. Now at Apex Clean Energy, she serves as the Director of State Affairs managing the mid-Atlantic and Carolinas regional teams. She also serves on the North Carolina Energy Policy Council.

Harkrader has nearly 20 years of experience in the clean energy industry. She spent almost a decade at GE Energy managing turbine contracts before earning an MBA from New York University. She then worked as the Director of Project Development at Carolina Solar Energy before taking over as CEO from her father, Richard Harkrader. Carolina Solar Energy works in land acquisition, permitting, community engagement, and interconnection services for utility-scale solar. 

In their new roles, Estes and Harkrader plan to continue opening the Carolinas for clean energy development opportunities. They also will emphasize efforts toward market reform and competition in the rulemaking process for North Carolina HB 951.

CCEBA Executive Director Chris Carmody notes, “Carolinas CEBA is lucky to have business leaders who have a breadth of experience with all kinds of clean energy technology and customers across the country. Their leadership comes at a crucial time as the Carolinas weigh more monopolization of electricity by government regulated monopolies against the benefits of market access and competition from the private sector.”


The Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association (CCEBA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association for North and South Carolina’s clean energy industry. CCEBA represents businesses throughout the clean energy sector, including independent power producers/developers as well as those in the clean energy supply chain. These include 

manufacturing, engineering, construction, financial and legal services, as well as businesses who want to purchase clean energy. For more information, please visit https://carolinasceba.com/who-we-are/.