Tim Willink

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Tim Willink

Tim Willink
Director, Tribal Program
Grid Alternatives

Tim has served as the Director of GRID Alternatives Tribal Program for five years. Tim joined GRID from Namaste Solar where he worked for six years as a Field Supervisor for commercial solar installations and is a NABCEP-certified PV Installation Professional. While at Namaste, Tim oversaw over 4 megawatts of solar PV installations through commercial and residential installs. Tim earned his B.A. in economics from Cornell University and upon graduation, worked as a lobbyist for the Navajo Nation Washington Office representing the tribe in economic development and education. In addition to working with GRID’s regional offices in California who do extensive solar PV work with Tribes on solar PV installation and workforce development, Tim has helped establish GRID’s presence with Tribes in South Dakota and the Great Plains, in the Southwest on the Navajo Nation, and in Washington State with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. These Indigenous Nations continue to face economic struggles related to energy development and clean energy access, and Tim and the Tribal Team work with Tribes towards their goals of energy sovereignty, job creation with less environmental impact. Tim has also worked to provide training and employment opportunities through GRID’s Solarcorps Program to 15 Solarcorps Fellows from Indigenous Nations throughout the United States. Tim is Navajo originally from Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico, and his goal is continue to partner with tribes on residential and commercial projects in order to bring solar to Indigenous Nations.

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