Amy Beaudet, Solar Queen and Renewable Energy Pioneer, Dies at 55

Amy Beaudet, the Solar Queen, in front of the altE logo

It is with a very heavy heart that we share news of the passing of our beloved Solar Queen

Amy Beaudet, affectionately known as ‘The Solar Queen’ and a pioneer in the field of renewable energy, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She was 55 years old.

Beaudet, a 14-year veteran of the solar industry, was widely seen as one of the best trainers and communicators in the solar industry. Her YouTube videos enjoyed a total of over 6M views and she built a following of 46K enthusiastic subscribers. Her video “What can I power with a 100W solar panel?” received nearly 1.2 million views on YouTube and was shared worldwide.

As a female leader in a largely male dominated renewable energy industry, Beaudet stood apart and was admired for her smart, yet simple approach to explaining complex concepts. Beaudet began her career in the renewable energy field later in life. She was driven by a deep desire to move society toward a carbon neutral future. With her amicable and approachable style, Beaudet revolutionized the way companies talk and teach about solar power.

Since 2007, Beaudet was a sales engineer at the altE Store in Boxborough, Massachusetts, where she was admired for her intellect and her receptive leadership style. altE Store CEO and Co-founder Sascha Deri noted the breadth of her impact and her extraordinary capacity for teaching.

“Amy was a bright, funny, extraordinary human being,” said Sascha Deri, CEO of the altE Store, “She was so passionate about solar energy and had this astonishing ability to plunge in deep to understand the technical design and regulatory requirements of renewable energy systems, and then turn around and teach anyone in a more digestible way. She ultimately did that not only for staff members at altE but millions of people across the planet through our YouTube channel. She was an amazing educator, communicator and mentor, and altE was tremendously lucky to have her as part of our community.”

Beaudet died Sunday after a five-year battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Andy, a loving family, and her beloved Vizsla, Elsie.



The highlights of Beaudet’s career can be seen on her YouTube playlist and on LinkedIn.

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Seth Lockman
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