Jessica Wagner is a lifetime Central Illinois resident. She grew up and still lives in Metamora, a small town outside of Peoria, Illinois. She has always been involved in environmental advocacy, from organizing Earth Day cleanups as a young adult to attending Solar Lobby Days and forums promoting clean energy and conservation.
As an avid outdoors enthusiast, the environment has always been a top priority. She is a supporter of many different groups, including the Sierra Club, National Resources Defense Fund, Earthjustice, Food and Water Watch, The Nature Conservancy, and Environmental Defense Fund. She volunteers for events directed to help her community as an Auxiliary board member of her local American Legion. After a few detours, she embarked on a path to bring solar back home to her area and especially to help organizations in need of financial help through energy savings.
Jessica took classes and graduated from Solar Energy Internationals Solar Professional Certificate Program in Paonia, Colorado, in 2016—all of which she did while living in a tent! Jessica also graduated from the Future Energy Jobs Act Solar training pipeline. She believes in making solar a reality for everyone, both as a career and an energy option, especially for those who have historically been left behind. Jessica and her children find it important to speak up for the less fortunate and for whose voices are not heard in addition to safeguarding the planet, all of its inhabitants, and its resources.