Meet the Leader of Our North Carolina OfficeContributor: Swinerton Blogger | October 21, 2014
Taylor Dodson knew he wanted to be a part of Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) from the first time he worked with them.
Now working out of SRE’s newly established office in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dodson serves as Manager of Utility Scale Interconnection. He collaborated with Swinerton on a project while employed by another company, and credits the smoothness of the project’s progression to Swinerton’s leadership.
“I got to know the team there,” Dodson says. “They impressed me with the protocols they put in place to ensure projects finished on time and on budget. When they approached me to join the team, I jumped at the chance.”
Dodson is a lifelong North Carolina resident. His father went to Duke, his mother went to the University of North Carolina, his grandfather taught at Wake Forest—so of course he ended up at North Carolina State University. He has advocated for renewable energy throughout his entire career, and believes now is the right time to be on the solar side of the business.
Recent news out of the North Carolina has been particularly positive for solar. According to a Pew Charitable Trust report, 98% of the newly installed renewable energy capacity in the state is solar, despite the industry working under a complicated regulatory structure.
Swinerton understands the solar business is about to blossom on the East Coast—beyond the hotspots that already exist—and Dodson believes an office in Raleigh is the right move as the company expands its nationwide profile.
“What I love most about Swinerton is its commitment to using a local workforce to build projects,” he says. “The company really believes in that. In fact, the goal is to use 80% local labor on any project, which will establish us as a solar leader throughout the country.”
Let’s be clear: Dodson is going to have his hands full over the next year. Recently engaged with the wedding scheduled for July 2015, he will be plenty busy helping his fiancée. On top of this, he is committed to adding 2 GW of solar to Swinerton’s nationwide portfolio within the next five years.
“We will be firmly entrenched on the East Coast and will be the leader in renewable energy by then, both on the installation and the O&M sides of the business,” Dodson says. “When people in this region think of the solar industry, they will be thinking Swinerton if I have anything to say about it.”