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


Advocates packed the room and delivered 2,500 #FreezeTheFees Petitions to KUB Board

If you live in Knoxville and you've been driving around town, you may have noticed some interesting billboards asking KUB to Freeze the Fees. But what's that all about? It's about KUB's…


Hey KUB, Do You Hear Your Customers Yet?

KUB customers are paying $19 a month before they even flip on a light switch. In 2010, monthly fixed fees were $6. Since then, fees have tripled! These are some of their…


Solar In Your Community Challenge Team Highlight

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million contest to support innovative and replicable community-based solar business models and programs that will bring solar to underserved communities. Over the two-year…

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News & Resources


Statement in Support of Closing Lakeland Coal Plant McIntosh Unit 3 and Tripling Solar Commitment

LAKELAND, FL - Yesterday, Lakeland Electric’s General Manager shared with City Commissioners that he is likely to recommend the retirement of the 364MW coal-fired C.D. McIntosh boiler Unit 3 due to rising…


SACE Recommends Overhaul of TVA Draft Future Plan, Calls Out Lack of Transparency and Manipulation of Data

Knoxville, Tenn. - Yesterday, April 8, 2019, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) submitted comments (link) to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on ways to improve the Draft 2019 Integrated Resource…


KUB Monopoly Board Remains Unresponsive Despite Historic Crowd of Concerned Customers Delivering Over 2,500 #FreezeTheFees Petitions

Knoxville, Tenn. - In a follow up to last month’s 800 petitions delivered to the Knoxville Utilities Board at their January meeting, today over 30 customers gathered in the middle of work…