Dr. Brian Hirsch is the President of Deerstone Consulting, a renewable energy consulting firm focused on microgrid development in remote locations, especially the Arctic and the Tropics. Among other projects, he is currently working on the largest solar PV project in Alaska in the community of Kotzebue and a broad assessment of the energy landscape and development opportunities for Anchorage. Previously, he served as National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Senior Project Leader for Alaska for six years, and was Chair of the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee. Hirsch has been working on renewables in remote diesel microgrids throughout North and Central America for almost 20 years, with recent expansion to Indonesia. His original orientation was from the hands-on perspective, having installed PV-diesel systems 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle 15 years ago, and subsequently led wind-diesel and in-river hydrokinetic installations as well. He has led or participated in solar and/or wind energy installations across Alaska, including in the communities of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Beaver, Chickaloon Village, Ugashik, Pilot Point, Port Heiden, and Homer. He has a PhD in Land Resources, with a concentration in Energy Analysis and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University.