Carter Wall is manager, government affairs and community relations, for FirstLight Power, a New England-based diversified clean energy provider. Prior to joining FirstLight, Ms. Wall was the managing director and founder of Franklin Beach Energy, which provided comprehensive advisory services to commercial renewable energy asset owners. Before founding Franklin Beach, she was the director of the Performance Solar Division of Broadway Renewable Strategies, one of the largest solar developers in the Northeast.
In 2008 Ms. Wall was appointed to lead the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (now MassCEC), the state’s clean energy agency. During her service, the state moved from a rebate-based to a market-based solar incentive program; managed more than $75 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding; laid the groundwork for construction of the world’s largest wind blade testing facility; funded a state-federal partnership program to tackle energy efficiency at water utilities; and introduced the state’s first thermal renewable programs.
She was also appointed to the state’s Farm Technology Review Commission to bring sustainable and innovative technologies to the agriculture sector.
Ms. Wall has led financial and program planning teams for a number of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, including Harvard University’s new campus and a multibillion-dollar modernization of O’Hare International Airport. She was an associate in the Global Utilities Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch and assistant director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group.
She also serves on the boards of New England Women in Energy and the Environment and The Future Face of American Energy. She is an ambassador to the Department of Energy’s C3E Women in Clean Energy program and was the first woman to serve as chairman of the board of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.
Ms. Wall is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.