A Bright Future

October 21, 2013

James Helmsworth

Alex Deeter cleaning a Solar Panel with a mop
Alex Deeter '13 cleans off the solar panels at EcoSolargy.
Photo credit: Alex Deeter

Alex Deeter ’13 is working for EcoSolargy, a solar panel manufacturer based in Irvine, California. As the company’s outreach coordinator, the environmental studies major organizes the company’s social media presence and assists interested customers with subsidy applications.

Because solar energy can be utilized on a wide range of scales, Deeter is particularly interested in working with it. “We have solar for calculators, all the way up to the International Space Station,” he says. “I like the idea of doing more with less.”

EcoSolargy is not Deeter’s first foray into working with green technology. While at Oberlin, he worked with environmental studies professor John Petersen to maintain the campus resource monitoring system and develop the environmental dashboard for the town. He also served on the board of the Green Edge Fund, where he helped oversee the allocation of funds for environmental projects at Oberlin.

Deeter credits Oberlin’s support of student interests with his ability to acquire the skills necessary to thrive in the green technology industry. “Oberlin gave me an environment to try and do what I want,” he explains.

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