Alissa Schafer

Solar Communications and Policy Manager

Alissa Jean Schafer, M.S., manages solar communications and policy efforts for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Her role includes coalition and volunteer outreach, as well as public education and communications development. Alissa is based in Florida and has a special focus on the shaping of solar policy in the South East region.

Prior to SACE, Alissa had several years of communications experience in a variety of industries, including building materials, surge protection, education, and, most recently, solar. Alissa is also a published writer and national speaker and blogs about clean energy issues on a regular basis.

When not working to spread the sunshine, Alissa can likely be found cycling, doing yoga, or trying to figure out a new way to cook tofu. Originally from Michigan, Alissa is also a 4-H veteran and former state champion in archery. She completed her B.S. in Communications at Aquinas College and her M.S. in Communications at Grand Valley State University, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alissa's Recent Posts


Worst Solar Year Since 2011? TVA on Track for an Embarrassing Record Low

Here we are, just about half way through the year. School is out for the summer, 4th of July picnic plans are in full swing, and the days are long and sunny.…


Solar Course Correction from Central Georgia EMC

Some good news to share! Last year we sounded the alarm on Central Georgia Electric Membership Cooperative's (EMC) new mandatory monthly fee  suddenly being charged to solar customers. We connected with Robert Fowler of Locust…


Poll: Majority of Tennessee Voters Support Solar and Oppose Fixed Charges On Bill or Restrictions to Customer Choice

Recent polling conducted by North Star Opinion Research shows widespread support throughout Tennessee for solar energy as well as strong opposition to solar market barriers currently being erected by the Tennessee Valley…

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News & Resources


Protesting New Rate Scheme, High Bills, and Lack of Solar Progress, Energy Customers Speak Out at TVA Board Meeting

Concerned citizens to host their own “TVA Run-A-Roundâ€ this Saturday at TVA’s Chattanooga office KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board of Directors convened their quarterly meeting and…


Advisory: Customers To Gather At TVA Board Meeting Protesting High Bills And Demanding Repeal Of The Grid Access Charge

Approved by the TVA board in May, dangerous new policy may lead to higher fees and monthly bills for TVA customers   KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Wednesday, August 22, the Tennessee Valley Authority…


Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) On Track to have Worst Solar Year Since 2011

A recording of the press conference noted below can be listened to here. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) On Track to have Worst Solar Year Since 2011 Solar Choice Advocates Concerned Over Lack…