Scott Sklar

Scott Sklar

Energy Lead
Address: Tompkins Hall of Engineering
[email protected]


Scott Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy, and an Affiliated Professor with CATIE, an international graduate university located in Costa Rica focused on sustainability for Latin America. He serves as Energy Lead of GWU’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) and serves as Acting Director of GWU’s Solar Institute.

Scott Sklar also serves as President of The Stella Group, Ltd. a strategic policy and clean technology optimization firm facilitating clean distributed energy utilization which includes advanced batteries and controls, energy efficiency, fuel cells, geoexchange, heat engines, microhydropower (and freeflow, tidal, wave), modular biomass, photovoltaics, small wind, and solar thermal (includng daylighting, water heating, industrial preheat, building air-conditioning, and electric power generation). The Stella Group, Ltd. Is one of the very few companies that blends distributed energy technologies, aggregates financing (including leasing), with a focus on system standardization. Sklar founded the company in 1995 and joined it full time as its President in 2000.

Prior, Scott Sklar served for 15 years (1985-2000) simultaneously running two Washington, DC-based trade associations, as Executive Director of both the Solar Energy Industries Association and the National BioEnergy Industries Association. Before his move to SEIA and NBIA, he was Political Director of The Solar Lobby (1983-1984), a renewable energy advocacy organization founded by the nine major national environmental organizations. Before joining “the Lobby”, (1980-1983) he was Washington Director and Acting Research Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), founded by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and economist EF Shumacher. This federally-funded applied technology organization assisted low income communities in system design and utilization of energy efficiency and renewable energy worldwide.

Sklar began his energy career as an aide to Senator Jacob K. Javits (NY) (1970-79) where he focused on energy and military matters for nine years. During his Senate tenure, he cofounded the Congressional Solar Caucus that lead many of the innovative legislation promoting renewable energy in the 1970’s. Sklar is co-author of two books, The Forbidden Fuel, published in 1985 and updated and re-released in early 2010 by University of NE Press, and the Consumer Guide to Solar Energy, which was re-released for its third printing.

Scott Sklar lives in a solar home in Arlington, Virginia with solar water heating, geothermal heating & cooling, and photovoltaics/battery system. He has a unique PV system on the roof of his Washington, DC office overlooking Lafayette Park in front of The White House. And his zero energy office building, based in Virginia has PV roofing shingles, small wind turbine, and a hydrogen fuel cell, and a web-enabled battery bank.





His peer-reviewed paper was published on zero energy buildings in 2013, “Perspective on multi-scale assets for clean energy technologies in buildings” accessible on SpringerLink.

His TEDX Talk is featured here: "The Future of Personal Energy Use “ presented by Scott Sklar. The convergence of personal power with personal security, personal transportation, personal communication, and personal networking.

He is coauthor of The George Washington University (GWU) Community Solar Handbook, released October 2017.




Scott Sklar serves on Boards of Directors of national nonprofits including, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (climate change), The Solar Foundation, and Chairs the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition (efficiency and renewable energy think tanks, industry associations, and advocacy groups). He is also on the Board of Directors of The Small-Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund, Inc. with offices in Boston (USA) and Bangalore (India).

Scott Sklar was selected as the Renewable Energy Industry Representative onto REEEP No Am Adv Committee of  UN Int'l RE Activity in August 2006 thru December 2009. REEEP is a Public-Private partnership  and was launched by the United Kingdom along with UN agencies UNIDO  and UNDP, 30 other governments.

Sklar was appointed in April 2007 onto National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy & Technology (NACEPT) of USEPA (ending January 2010). On November 4, 2010,  Secretary Locke appointed Sklar to the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Board on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and on December 4, 2012 was  re-appointed Sklar, and in 2016 his term was extended yet again, and serves as its Vice Chairman, term ending June 2018.

Scott Sklar was awarded the prestigious The Charles Greely Abbot Award on June 19, 2014 by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and on April 26, 2014 was awarded the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia..