Joseph Goodman

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Joseph Goodman is a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute’s electricity practice. He is an energy systems engineer with over 10 years experience in renewables and energy efficiency. He has extensive experience leading multidiscipline design teams and bringing new technologies to market.

Currently at RMI, Joseph is leading the Model T solar program to accelerate the deployment of community solar. This program is focused on supporting communities to realize the full potential of community solar as the lowest cost and highest value form of grid connected solar electricity.


Prior to joining RMI, Joseph was a Principal Investigator of solar PV systems research at Georgia Tech Research Institute. Most notably he led faculty, students and industry collaborators under a 4-year DoE sponsored program that resulted in 5 patents, 15 papers and 3 commercialized technologies. Also at Georgia Tech, Joseph developed and delivered hands on integrative design curriculum with the Center for Biologically Inspired Design. Concurrent to his time on the research faculty, Joseph completed a PhD in the college of architecture with a dissertation that developed performance measures for residential PV structural response to wind effects.

Previously, Joseph worked at Arup as a strategic energy consultant. In his role he developed and implemented energy efficiency and renewable energy plans for Fortune 500 companies cities, international cities, and governmental organizations.
Joseph commenced his career with General Electric’s Edison Engineering Development Program. While at GE Energy and GE Research, Joseph contributed to the development of gas turbine combustion systems, offshore wind turbines, CO2 capture technologies and solid oxide fuel cells.


Doctor of Philosophy, High Performance Buildings, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2006)
Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California (2003)


Basalt, CO

Authored Works
Outlet Blog Post

New Ruling Opens Up 400 GW Renewables Market

Delta-Montrose Electric Authority (DMEA) is not only responsible for keeping the lights on and the books in the black. As a member-owned rural electric cooperative in southwest Colorado, DMEA is also responsible for living up to the seven cooperative principles, including principle 7: concern for community.

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Why Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Opting for Community-Scale Solar

Rural electric cooperatives (co-ops) are a large and important part of the U.S. electricity landscape. Across the U.S., 840 distribution cooperatives and 65 generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) serve an estimated 42 million people. Altogether co-ops provide 12 percent of the nation’s electricity and serve nearly 80 percent of U.S.

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The Many Flavors of Community-Scale Solar

Community-scale solar has the potential to become the next market segment to present a real gigawatt-scale growth opportunity, as outlined in RMI’s recent insight brief. So far, the growth of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the U.S. has been concentrated in two markets. One is residential rooftop solar, which is…