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Steph Speirs

2015 Climate Fellow
Founder of Solstice with Steve Moilanen

Steph Speirs 2015 Climate Fellow

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Expand access to clean energy in the United States by providing community-based solar power to underserved American households.


Steph Speirs pitching at the 2017 Techstars Boston Demo Day.

The mission of Solstice is to radically expand access to clean energy among households in the United States. Solstice accomplishes this by financing, building, and selling community-based solar to underserved American households. In doing so, Solstice transforms community organizations into "one-stop shops" for solar in local neighborhoods. Solstice is imagining an America where every household can participate in renewable energy for the first time, including the 45 million low-income renters that are currently locked out of the solar market.


Steph Speirs is co-founder and CEO of Solstice, a first-of-its-kind social enterprise that aims to transform the number of Americans that can access solar power. Steph was raised by a single mother in Hawaii, which cemented her belief in social progress and guided her professional experiences as a community builder in multiple countries. She previously worked in India and Pakistan with Acumen on solar product deployment and renewable energy investments. Prior to working in solar, Steph served for five years in Obama organizations – first managing field operations in seven states for the presidential campaign, and later developing Middle East policy as the youngest Director at the White House National Security Council. Steph was selected in 2012 as one of the “Top 99 Under 33” by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Courier, and in 2014 as an Acumen Global Fellow. She holds a BA from Yale University and graduated with distinction from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with a Master in Public Affairs .

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  • 2015
  • Climate Fellow
  • Environment
  • Nonprofit
  • North America
  • United States

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