Amit Ronen

Director, GW Solar Institute


Amit Ronen


Amit Ronen is the Director of the GW Solar Institute and a Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University. In this capacity he focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy.

Prior to this position, Mr. Ronen served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, leveraging her membership on the Energy, Finance, and Commerce Committees to help enact clean energy tax incentives, financing instruments, and research and development authorizations that catalyzed hundreds of billions of dollars of new energy related investments. For example, he was a key strategist and implementer behind the landmark Cantwell-Ensign bipartisan clean energy tax incentives package that established the eight-year Investment Tax Credit and removed the $2,000 cap on residential solar installations. Mr. Ronen also authored and championed Senator's Cantwell innovative bipartisan climate bill, the CLEAR Act, which offered a centrist alternative to unwieldy and divisive cap-and-trade proposals.

Previously, Mr. Ronen held positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Mr. Ronen received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Both degrees focused on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.