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


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 stories.


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…


Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for Florida Senator Rick Scott

This post is the sixteenth in a series of blogs examining where the 2018 candidates for state and federal offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. To read the candidate profile…

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News & Resources


TVA’s Retirement of Inefficient Coal Plants Is The Right Move

Chattanooga, Tenn. - After much speculation, in a split vote the Tennessee Valley Authority voted at their quarterly board meeting today to ignore President Trump’s appeal and make the decision to recommend…


With Big Decisions Looming, TVA Less Transparent Than Ever

Knoxville, Tenn. (February 13, 2019) - As large decisions with global implications are expected to be announced by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the near future, today, for the second time, the TVA…


Over 800 Petitions To Be Delivered Tomorrow at KUB Board Meeting

Knoxville, Tenn. - As the cold month of January rolled around, a series of billboards popped up around town, urging residents to tell KUB to “Freeze the Fees”. In the last two…