Simone Mirl is Sun Electric’s project manager. Known for breaking out into song and dance randomly, Simone shares with us her views on solar, where the trends are going and some exciting things she is working on.
1. You’re the Project Manager at Sun Electric. Can you tell us a little bit about your role?
As Project Manager at Sun Electric I liaise between our preferred collaborators, authorities and clients, overlooking the installation of our SolarSpace program.
2. Why did you decide to work in solar?
It was not so much the industry which attracted me, but Sun Electric itself. The technology Matt developed is a total game changer, allowing people access to clean energy when they didn’t have so before. I would like to think giving people the option between brown and clean energy will influence them to be more environmentally friendly. Sun Electric makes it easy to be green.
3. How would you describe Sun Electric (e.g. what is it like to work for, what do you enjoy about working there etc.)
I am thankful we have such an amazing and committed team which makes work fun. There is lots of support amongst the colleagues and it’s common to hear us laugh throughout the day.
I also love how we aren’t necessarily pigeonedholed in our designations, which means we are exposed to different departments, for instance being involved in the marketing process.
4. Tell us about a project you’ve recently worked on that you’re excited about.
The project is still in progress. We are about to finish installation on four buildings. Once that is completed we turn them on as generators, that means four new clean energy generators for Singapore. How exciting is that?!
5. Where do you see the industry going in the coming years?
I think the renewable energy industry will see a lot of growth in the coming years. For one, PV panels and installation cost has decreased, and I see this trend continuing, which means solar energy will become an even more financially viable alternative.
Secondly, judging from SIEW (Singapore International Energy Week) and the Paris Agreement (will enter into force November 4, 2016) a lot of governments are looking into alternative and innovative ways to power their respective country and thus the world. This can only have a positive growth influence on the industry.
6. What is something random / fun about you that not a lot of people know?
I like to break out in song and dance randomly.
7. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
There are many! I will name two:
1) The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte