Meet a Solar Ready Vets Fellow: Jacqueline Sukhlall
IREC leads the Solar Ready Vets Fellowship in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Offered at no cost, the fellowship matches solar industry employers with service members who are in transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
Jacqueline Sukhlall: Business Development Manager, GreenPowerMonitor (GPM)
Jacqueline Sukhlall joined GreenPowerMonitor as a Solar Ready Vets Fellow in May 2022, where she now serves as a Business Development Manager.
Jacqueline Sukhlall served in the United States Air Force for over 26 years. She enlisted and served as a mental health technician initially and later commissioned as a Force Support Officer. Over the course of her military career, she oversaw a diverse portfolio consisting of personnel functions and business management/operations.
She led program management and budgeting across Morale, Welfare and Recreational programs, and also operations for food service, lodging, fitness and service readiness across the Air Force enterprise supporting hundreds of thousands of service members. In Jacqueline’s final assignment, she served as the Chief of the Personnel Division in Air Education & Training Command, where she supervised the team responsible for direct oversight of military personnel programs across the command.
Throughout her military career, Jacqueline gained extensive leadership experience across administrative processes and business operations, as well as an ability to communicate with diverse audiences and build effective teams. Transitioning to the civilian workforce, she sought a dynamic and challenging role aligned with these skill sets – with particular interest in meaningful opportunities to contribute toward a bigger purpose. In May 2022, she launched her solar career as a Solar Ready Vets fellow at GreenPowerMonitor, a global asset management company specializing in monitoring utility scale solar power plants. Upon completion of her fellowship, she was hired on as a Business Development Manager.
She says, “it was an eye opening experience to see just how much the rapidly evolving clean energy industry has to offer and I feel very at home at GPM… serving in the military is a great way to be part of something bigger, and you get a similar feeling working in renewables; walking away from work each day feeling like you’re making a difference to be felt for generations to come – it’s a rewarding and exciting industry to be a part of.”