Kieran Coleman

  • Emerging Solutions

Kieran is a former Manager at RMI, working with its Emerging Solutions program to design and build whole-systems solutions that accelerate the global energy transition.


Kieran’s interests and activities span technological and behavioral change; political economy; and market and policy design to properly value emerging technologies, business models, and people. Kieran previously supported RMI’s Chief Executive Officer with research, analysis, communications and cross-Institute collaboration to drive thought leadership, innovation and strategic initiatives. Kieran works with RMI’s Electricity, Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, and Climate Finance practices in areas of renewable energy market development, finance and business models in the United States, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. His previous work with the Shine Program focused on developing business models, ownership and financing structures to enable and scale inclusive value propositions in the U.S. community-scale solar market. He has also supported RMI’s work in India, where he helped to facilitate the early-stage design and development of a $40 million catalytic concessional finance facility to leverage $1 billion in private capital toward distributed solar investment. Kieran joined RMI in August 2015.

Previously, he co-founded a distributed energy analytics start-up in Medellín, Colombia. He has consulted for the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation on rural electrification efforts in India. Kieran’s prior experience includes researching global macroeconomics and political economy with the Center on Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), economic forecasting with the PNC Financial Services Group’s Economics Group, and a year-long position supporting the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Iraq Political-Military Affairs. In his free time Kieran is a roving reader, writer, cyclist, and performing artist.


Master of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Bachelor of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University


Boulder, CO

Authored Works
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The Policy Consensus for Faster, Cleaner Economic Growth

Originally posted at weforum.org here. Coordinated public-sector support once kick-started the technologies, business practices, and markets needed for a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon energy future. Over time, the increasing profitability of clean energy activity has come to drive exponential growth in global annual investment—amounting to more than $333 billion…

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Unmoored from Facts, Will EIA Projections Become Reality?

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) should give anyone watching today’s energy markets a jolt of surprise. Not for projecting that U.S. energy demand will grow by an average of 0.4 percent per year after two decades of evidence to the contrary. Not…

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Report Release: Financing Community-Scale Solar

Download Financing Community-Scale Solar here. Effective financing approaches have been fundamental to the solar industry’s exponential growth over the past 15 years. The first solar power purchase agreement (PPA) in the early 2000s enabled customers to spread their upfront costs for solar over time, just as home mortgages…

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Community Solar: A Cost-Effective Bridge away from Net Metering?

Community-scale solar is the solar electricity market’s latest darling. Utilities are excited by the opportunity for revenue and grid benefit, developers see the attraction of scale for all types of utilities and retail markets, and local communities and state regulators are jumping at the opportunity to expand community participation and enhance solar access at reduced cost.