ACEP Intern Gains Business Skills while Solarizing Fairbanks

ACEP Intern Gains Business Skills while Solarizing Fairbanks

Cloda O’Neill is in her senior year at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she studies business economics. As an ACEP utility student intern, she is working with Solarize Fairbanks on the 2021 solarize campaign and energy efficiency project. She also is helping organize the 2022 campaign. 

“This work is important in reducing Interior Alaska’s dependence on fossil fuels and raising awareness about the benefits of solar photovoltaic and energy reduction,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill is working with partners from Information Insights, the Northern Alaskan Environmental Center, Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Native Movement, The Alaska Center, and volunteer members of the community to encourage the adoption of solar PV in homes, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

“I hope to gain knowledge in project management and the business side of ongoing renewable energy programs, and I’m excited to be a part of a sustainable cause,” said O’Neill.

Jamie Hansen at Information Insights is O'Neill's mentor throughout the internship. “Cloda is learning how to be a part of a collaborative effort directly interfacing with the community,” Hansen said.

O’Neill is from Fairbanks and has enjoyed working on her degree in California, Soldotna and Anchorage. She plans to work out of state after her graduation in spring 2022, then possibly return to Alaska. Meanwhile, she is enjoying her time in Alaska by going on many road trips, taking photos, thrift shopping and working with young kids at a local private school.

O’Neill’s project is part of the ACEP Utility Student Internship program and is funded by the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. For more information on the internship program, please contact Heike Merkel at


Cloda O'Neill is an ACEP utility student intern this summer working with Solarize Fairbanks. Photo courtesy of Cloda O’Neill.