Lucille Olszewski began her career in wind energy as a meteorologist at U.S. Windpower in 1985, fresh out of Penn State University. She worked alongside industry pioneers Earl Davis, John Wade, Bob Baker, Ron Nierenberg, Jack Kline, and Ed McCarthy, who set the standards for measuring wind and micrositing turbines. One of Lucille’s contributions to wind-resource assessment was some of the earliest work in radio telemetry and phone integration for data collection in remote areas. This technological advancement is the basis for some of today’s cellular and satellite data collection processes.
Lucille is a founding member, meteorologist, and business-development leader for start-up meteorological firm, Ensemble Wind. She has over 25 years in the industry working for project investors, developers, landowners, utilities, public agencies, school districts, and municipalities.
In cooperation with Penn State University, The Behrend College, she developed a series of community outreach programs on renewable energy as well as special accredited training sessions for teachers and non-formal educators on renewable-energy technologies. Additionally, Lucille co-developed a College for Kids program with interactive renewable-energy activities that included building and testing small wind turbines in a real wind tunnel.
The Pennsylvania native has dedicated her life to the promotion and development of wind and solar energy while working toward a sustainable world. She has provided wind-resource assessment, performance optimization, and turbine evaluation support for over 13,300 MW of planned capacity. What’s more, she has sited over 15,000 wind turbines for various projects across 29 states in the
U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Curacao, and China.
Lucille has extensive experience in project development, due diligence, operational improvement, avian and bat studies, and remote sensing including sodar technologies plus knowledge of solar resource assessment and siting. Known for her diligent approach to project development, she believes that rigorous design practice will yield high-performing projects.
Prior to Ensemble Wind, Lucille held the positions of Director of Meteorology at Edison Mission Energy, Senior Meteorologist and Principal Technologist at CH2M Hill, VP of Business Development and Senior Meteorologist at Blackwater Environmental Services, and VP Technical Services and Senior Meteorologist at SES Inc. In 2013, she was named, “Woman of the Year” by the Women of Wind Energy. WPE
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