Solar society honors John Wiles

John Wiles, program manager for the Southwest Technology Development Institute which is part of the NMSU College of Engineering Institute for Energy and the Environment, was recently elected to be a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). The title acknowledges his distinctive service in the advancement of solar energy utilization by way of research, education and public service.

Wiles was honored at the ASES SOLAR 2008 Conference in San Diego, Calif. in early May.

“I offer my congratulations for your accomplishments and recognition by being named as a Fellow. It is well deserved and an honor for all of us,” said Abbas Ghassemi, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment.

An excerpt from the ASES Fellow citation states: “John Wiles has worked tirelessly for more than two decades to address the technical and non-technical issues related to performance, safety standards, and code requirements so that photovoltaic systems could be legally and safely installed in compliance with the National Electric Code (NEC). His tireless devotion to the support of codes and standards has brought us the mature infrastructure we take for granted today.”

Wiles earned a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and a master’s of science from the Air Force Institute of Technology in electrical engineering/guidance and control. He has been employed at SWTDI since 1996, currently as program manager assisting the photovoltaic industry, electrical contractors and electrical inspectors in understanding the photovoltaic requirements of the National Electric Code.

The Southwest Technology Development Institute was founded in 1977 as a renewable energy research and development center. The institute’s focus is on the development, transfer, promotion, and commercialization of renewable energy technologies. The institute provides contract services for systems analysis, program implementation, business development, feasibility studies, market studies, computer modeling, and educational computer kiosks.

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