Darby began her solar career here at Quest Renewables in 2020, shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Leadership. Her primary role is lead design engineer for half of Quest’s commercial canopy projects. She leads R&D design activities, such as a 4-year research project focused on developing a category 5 hurricane-proof ground mount PV system, funded by the Department of Energy. Additionally, Darby is responsible for the implementation and oversight of Quest Renewables’ Quality Management System. Working at a company that is making a positive environmental impact was one of Darby’s main goals when starting her career. The experience of working with Quest Renewables has been accentuated by the encouraging, respectful, and go-getter attitudes of her coworkers – one of the main reasons why she loves working at Quest.
Prior to joining Quest, Darby embarked on a short but beneficial entrepreneurial journey developing smarter restaurant inventory systems, through her own startup supported by Georgia Tech’s Startup Launch program. With this experience she learned the ins-and-outs of starting a small business, which has proven to be extremely valuable as she navigates the world of solar canopy and R&D projects with Quest Renewables.
Darby defines the “life” in “work-life balance” as an opportunity to race sailboats throughout the southeast, climb rocks, or enjoy moments with friends and family.