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Stacey McKinney Engineering & Planning

Stacey McKinney Engineering & Planning

Role: Business Information Systems Manager

Current jobsite and/or office location: Bend, OR

How did you get your start in solar? I started my career with an internship at Solar Energy International (SEI) in 2003. I took as many courses as I could, and as soon as I returned to Bend I immediately got a job in the industry. Since then, I’ve had my hands in everything from installation, procurement, project management, system design, and support.

What's your day-to-day like? The BIS Team is responsible for overseeing the development, maintenance, and integration of various Information Systems for the team. My days typically consist of meeting with end users to scope needs, communicating those needs back to the development teams, and then managing priorities, enhancements, implementations, and support requests.

What do you like about your job? This role touches many facets of the company and is a unique hub that brings together various teams such as Project Managers, Field Technicians, Engineers, and the Control Center Operators. We create efficiencies which allow others to work smarter, faster, and to provide exceptional service. It’s constantly evolving and keeps me on my toes.

What's your ultimate career goal? I’d like to continue to grow as an influential leader in Renewable Energy. Along this path I hope to inspire and mentor as many people as I can, and encourage others to lead by example by putting their values at the forefront.

How could the solar industry benefit from more diversity? First off, diversity is important for humanity in general, not just specific industries. Diversity brings more robust perspectives, beliefs, intuitions, skill sets, and experiences than simply having a monochromatic vision. Companies with diversity are proven to be more profitable, have increased innovation and creativity, and also have higher employee satisfaction. Welcoming diversity will put our industry in a more powerful and influential position.