Trevor Drake joined the Great Plains Institute in 2013 and is a Project Manager who splits his time between work on solar energy and utility business model innovation. His current projects include managing the e21 Initiative and supporting a cohort of eight Greater Minnesota cities and counties seeking to reduce barriers to solar energy deployment within their jurisdictions by earning certification in the national SolSmart program. As part of his solar energy work, Trevor is a staff member of Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams, which help communities understand and implement clean energy technologies and practices.

Trevor's previous projects include working with a team of local governments in Minnesota to launch the first-ever joint purchase of community solar garden subscriptions for public buildings – totaling 35 megawatts across 25 government entities; and serving as a staff member for the energy efficiency working group of RE-AMP, a network of over 175 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy with the goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050.

Prior to joining the Institute, Trevor served for two years in the AmeriCorps public service program where he worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a LEED-certified affordable home and assisted a small exurban community to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in its public buildings. Trevor is a graduate of Saint John’s University with a BA degree in Environmental Studies.