Director of Engineering
Kyra is one of the founders of SEIPS and SEIE, and now works as the Technical Manager of engineering services. She specializes in project management, system design, project feasibility, interconnection, and system modeling. She entered the solar industry full-time in 2008, after completing a PV design and installation course at SEI, and has since managed and created full electrical construction documents for PV systems totaling over 200MW.
Kyra manages the design work at SEI Engineering, overseeing dozens of megawatts of projects at any given time. During her time at SEIE she has overseen the designs of complex rooftop designs up to 2 megawatts and ground mount systems up to 27 megawatts.
Her extensive experience in the industry suite her well for her role as the leader of the SEIE’s design team. Her first job in the solar industry was with Southern Energy Management (SEM) in Morrisville, NC, as a solar technician, where she gained a firm technical foundation. As the NC PV industry exploded in 2009, she quickly moved into commercial designer role within the company. In 2012, she left SEM to pursue a Master’s Degree at Duke University with a focus on power markets. Her research at Duke investigated the operational, economic and environmental effects of integrating large amounts of photovoltaic generation onto the grid. This was completed by building a test grid and optimization model that simulated the hourly generator dispatch at different levels of PV penetration.
After achieving her Master’s Degree, she set up her own consulting company and provided various design and feasibility services for many companies within the industry. During this time she also worked with SEI as a curriculum developer. In addition to her current role at SEIPS and SEIE, she continues to provide instruction through at SEI at national conferences such as SPI and Intersolar.
NABCEP Certified PV Installer
M.S., Duke University, Durham, NC.
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill