After working with Van Jones on the policy side of the green jobs movement, Emily Kirsch became interested in small-scale solar finance while working at a startup that experimented with crowdfunding solar projects. She noticed that such startups often struggle to attract seed funding and in-kind donations that nascent businesses need to grow. Kirsch went on to co-found Powerhouse, a business dedicated to funding and supporting small-scale solar startups. In her profile for Grist magazine’s “50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016,” she emphasizes the importance of women in renewable energy. Photo credit: Grist