LISSA Leadership

The steering committee of our Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance meets frequently to coordinate engagement on policy topics that influence the Long Island solar market.

  • Head of Policy

    Jonathan Cohen

    SUNation Solar Systems

    Jonathan Cohen joined the leadership of the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance in January 2020. He has worked in the solar industry since 2014 and currently serves as Government Liaison for SUNation Solar Systems, the premier solar provider on Long Island. Cohen has served his community as a civic leader for his entire adult life, including as the Secretary of the Manorville Chamber of Commerce, of which he continues to be a member. Prior to his career in the solar industry, Cohen worked in the medical field for 17 years, most recently as District EMS Supervisor at Mastic Beach Ambulance. He resides in Manorville with his wife Carolyn, daughter Emma, and son Zachary.

  • Bill Feldmann

    Empire Clean Energy Supply

    Bill Feldmann has been a leader in the renewable energy field for 10 years. He has consulted on small-residential to multi-megawatt PV projects. In 2005, Feldmann along with Terrence Reilly founded Empire Clean Energy Supply (ECES), a local distributor of renewable energy equipment. They started offering photovoltaic equipment and have since added solar thermal and geothermal equipment. Feldmann has received recognition for his work from: Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Farmingdale University, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and others. Bill has demonstrated his commitment to a clean energy future by being an active member of leading renewable energy associations. He serves as a board member of New York Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a founding member of the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance, and a founding member of the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization.

  • Head of Membership

    Stephen Foley

    Sunrise Power Solutions

    Stephen is the Director of Business Development for Sunrise Power Solutions. Sunrise is a clean energy contractor focusing on the commercial, municipal and K-12 educational markets. He began his career in the financial services industry working for several NYSE member firms including his own as a member on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange serving institutional and professional traders. In 2009 he founded Bethpage Solar and then partnered with Sunation designing and installing hundreds of residential and small commercial solar systems. Concurrently he became certified as a NYS School District Business Leader (SDBL). These unique skills have enabled him to lead his team at Sunrise to be one of the largest installers of solar on school districts throughout NY State. He has been an associate and member of LISSA since 2008 strongly advocating for solar on behalf of all the Long Island members for the last several years. In addition, he works as an Adjunct Business Instructor at SUNY Suffolk. He holds a BS in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University and an MS in Educational Leadership from LI University.

  • 2020 LISSA Chair

    Tara McDermott

    Empower Solar

    Tara is the Director of Stakeholder Relations at EmPower Solar. She served as the government liaison for policy issues at LISSA for two years before being elected to Alliance Chair in 2020. Tara earned her BA at SUNY Stony Brook and her MPA at CUNY Baruch, both with a focus on environmental studies. In 2011, she was one of four U.S. Climate Change Professional Fellows, where she worked with Australian researchers, industries, and advocates dealing with energy and climate issues. Prior to joining the EmPower Solar team, Tara worked with Citizens Campaign for the Environment to organize educational and advocacy campaigns on various environmental issues. She also spent three years as a “Young Island” blogger for the Long Island Business News. She has been active in various professional and environmental organizations, including the C3E Women in Energy group on LI. In 2018, Tara was named one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Long Island Business News and was inducted into the Social Justice Distinguished Scholar Academy at FSC for her work on environmental justice issues.

  • LISSA Liaison to the NYSEIA Board

    Arthur Perri, Jr.

    CED Greentech Long Island

    Artie Perri is Director of Sales for CED Greentech Long Island and Head of Programs for the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance.

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