Seal Solar is bringing long-time energy advocate John Elkins on board as its new chief legal officer and general counsel. Elkins is joined by five additional hires, bringing the solar design and installation firm’s current workforce to 59, which is nearly double the number of employees the company had this time last year.
“John has a wealth of knowledge about our state’s legal and renewable energy industries,” said Josh Davenport, co-founder and CEO. “We are excited to leverage his unmatched expertise to help Arkansans achieve energy independence.”
A more than 15-year veteran of the Arkansas legal community, Elkins previously served as associate general counsel and senior staff attorney for the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation; attorney specialist for the Arkansas Public Service Commission; and associate attorney for Wright, Berry, Hughes & Moore in Arkadelphia.
“Over the past decade, I’ve witnessed the solar industry’s evolution,” said Elkins. “I look forward to working with Seal Solar to further expand the adoption of these cutting-edge, cost-saving technologies and create new opportunities for our state.”
Along with Elkins, Seal Solar has hired Hayden Blankenship as project coordinator; Justin Christensen, Torey McManis and Matthew Wawak as crew members; and Cole Milner as apprentice electrician.
“Seal Solar has experienced record growth, despite COVID-19,” said Heather Nelson, co-founder and president. “With the help of local team members and innovative partnerships, including Evolve Auto, we have put ourselves—and our state—on an even stronger trajectory.”