Heather Andrews was a fierce advocate for solar power – so much so that her Twitter handle was PVAddict. That is how I met her – on Twitter and via subsequent TweetUps at solar conferences. She was a frequent commenter on this blog and on our Facebook page, but more than anything else, she simply loved the idea of installing solar and doing it the right way.
Indeed, Heather was a stickler for doing it the right way – she was a proud member of IBEW and she taught classes on how to properly install solar power systems. Whenever anyone had a question about how something should be done, Heather was happy to chime in with her insights – always in a positive and supportive way. Unlike some who want to lord their knowledge over those still struggling to figure things out, Heather was happiest helping others. She exemplified the very best in our industry – smart, dedicated, and a joy to be around.
She fought her illness these past few months with the same courage and tenacity that she brought to the solar industry. Sadly, this was one obstacle that she could not ultimately overcome with her love and optimism. Still, she remained positive through all of her pain and difficulties as demonstrated by one of her last tweets:
Promise that when things settle a bit I’ll get back into the full swing of the Twitterverse and openly show my adoration for #solar…
It is now up to the rest of us to carry forward her “adoration for solar” and to help fulfill the destiny in which she believed: a world powered by clean, renewable energy – installed the right way!
I love you Heather and I will try my best to be true to your vision. Rest in peace.