Colby-Sawyer College’s Board of Trustees elected William T. “Bill” Hopwood as a member of the Board at its Oct. 16 meeting to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
For more than two decades, Bill ran Springhouse Energy Systems, a successful business that provided micro and macro siting to wind energy developers for utility class and commercial wind energy development. The company also worked with photovoltaics and pioneered the grid-connected market for photovoltaics in Pennsylvania and addressed traditional off-grid applications.
Bill is co-trustee of the John M. Hopwood Charitable Trust, which funds a wide range of programs with emphasis on environmental and energy programs. Bill is also president and founder of An Environmental Trust, Inc. whose sole focus is to fund environmental projects. Bill was involved with the startup of the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and served as a board member and CFO until 2003. He also served on the board of PennFuture, a statewide environmental organization. In 2001, Bill was honored with the Winds of Change Award for lifetime commitment and contributions to renewable energy.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Nathaniel Hawthorne College in 1973. He and his wife, Jane, reside in Elkins, N.H. They have three grown children.