Press Release

Palmetto Announces Newest Appointment to Board of Directors – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Suarez Represents Key Business, Environmental and Governmental Leadership

CHARLESTON, S.C., September 21, 2021 -- Palmetto, a rapidly growing platform technology company accelerating the national adoption of clean energy, today announced the appointment of the Honorable Francis Suarez, Mayor of the City of Miami, to its board of directors.  With the appointment of Mayor Suarez, the Palmetto board of directors reflects leadership representing government, the clean economy, and cutting-edge business sectors.

The first Miami-born mayor and the son of former Mayor Xavier Suarez, Mayor Francis Suarez’ honors and achievements include his positions as Chair of the Environment Committee and member of the Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  In these capacities, Mayor Suarez takes a leading role with fellow U.S. mayors to preserve the environment in cities across the country, and to develop supporting programs and policies.

“I am honored to welcome Mayor Suarez to our board of directors,” stated Chris Kemper, Palmetto Chairman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.  “Climate change is a bipartisan issue, and it's important to have both sides come together to address this major threat to our planet.  Whether it is his position with the U.S. Conference of Mayors or his programs in Miami to enhance access and use of public transportation, Mayor Suarez is focused on the way forward to our clean energy future.  His experience and insight will be invaluable to Palmetto as we take our company to the next level - offering accessible clean energy choices through a service platform.”

“As the former Chair of the Environment committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and its incoming president, it is my distinct honor and privilege to join the board of Palmetto,” stated Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami and Palmetto Board Member. “Climate change is an existential threat to our way of being and Palmetto is making it easy by proving that our environment is our economy and that you are not forced to choose one over the other.  Miami is a leader in climate change mitigation and as a member of C40, rooftop solar is a major component of how our city will become carbon neutral.  Palmetto is leading the way.”