Introducing Tanner Cobb as Zapotec’s New MassCEC InternCategory: Company News
Tanner Cobb is joining Zapotec Energy this semester through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program. He comes to us with an extensive background in engineering and communication. In 2011, Tanner received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel and passed his Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Tanner served in the United States Marine Corps for over four years working as a Communications Officer. Through his education and professional experiences, Tanner became interested in renewable energy resources. To kick off his career in clean energy, Tanner completed a Solar Professional Certificate from Solar Energy International. According to Tanner, renewables “offer so many more opportunities for innovation and deployment than conventional energy.”
This fall Tanner began working toward his M.S. in Energy Systems at Northeastern University. In addition to his M.S. degree, Tanner is expected to receive a Certificate in Engineering Leadership from The Gordon Institute, a partner of Northeastern University. For his first semester, Tanner is teaming up with Zapotec to complete a Gordon Leadership challenge project. Tanner is working with Zapotec's solar engineers to develop a medium-scale, cost-effective design for a solar array with integrated energy storage that is attractive to both institutions and commercial businesses. One of his goals is to help Zapotec become a front runner in the energy storage design market, just as Massachusetts seeks to become a leader in energy storage throughout New England.
Over the next few months, Tanner hopes to increase his understanding of solar applications, the PV innovation scene, and the barriers that currently prevent the solar industry from improving more communities. Eventually, Tanner would like to use his skills to serve communities that suffer from energy poverty so they can utilize this technology to drive economic growth.
A note about MassCEC’s Clean Energy Internship Program:
This program connects young professionals with participating clean energy organizations across the state of Massachusetts, preparing them for a career in the industry. Zapotec has been involved with the program since its inception, hosting nine solar design engineering interns over the last several years. The goal of the program is to create a “skilled pool of young professionals” for the state’s clean energy industry by providing workforce development and training (MassCEC). All of Zapotec’s current employees participated in the MassCEC internship program to start their clean energy careers. To add your resume to the database, apply here.