MD DC VA Solar Energy Industries Association

2017 Board Election

MDV-SEIA’s Board has ten (10) seats open in the 2017 election. The members of MDV-SEIA are voting on who they want to represent them on our leadership team.

Timeline

  • April 3-14 – Solicit Board Member Candidates
  • April 17 – Announcement of Candidates
  • April 18-28 – Voting is Open
  • May 8 – New Board members are announced
  • Mid-June – *tentative* Additional Board Meeting for New Members, Final Meeting for Old Members (if applicable)

Important Facts about Board Membership

  • There is no additional fee for Board Membership (you must be a MDV-SEIA dues-paying member in good standing to be on the Board of Directors)
  • Board Members are not paid, this is a volunteer leadership position
  • Board Members are responsible not only for the stewardship of the organization, but also perform fundraising in order to help meet organizational goals
  • Each Board Member serves a 2-year term
  • More information about Board Member responsibilities is available in this packet

Meet the Candidates


    Colin Meehan

    Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs, First Solar

    I’ve been working on solar policy issues for most of my professional life. I began my career helping to design SREC markets and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative at ICF International in Virginia. Later I worked for an environmental non-profit in Texas to pass pro-rooftop solar legislation and pro-solar policies in Texas. As part of that work I have served on Austin, Texas’ Local Solar Advisory Committee, and the Technical Advisory Committee for ERCOT, representing solar companies in the Texas market.

    Over the past three years I’ve been thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the largest U.S. based solar module manufacturer, First Solar, to develop solar policies throughout the Eastern U.S. In this role I’ve focused on collaborating with companies across all segments of the industry from residential rooftop to utility scale solar. I strongly believe that as an industry we will succeed when we work together, and my work within MDV-SEIA on issues in both Virginia and Maryland reflects that belief. Maryland and Virginia are at important inflection points, with opportunities to create policies that help grow the solar industry at all levels. As an industry I believe we can succeed and grow in the MDV-SEIA footprint by working strategically and collaboratively.

    My grounding in wholesale power markets and renewable energy policy and my work negotiating with stakeholders inside and outside of the industry to create new opportunities in Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York among others will be an asset to the MDV-SEIA Board. As the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar PV modules and a leading solar project developer, First Solar can bring important perspective to the Board and to policymakers in the region. I think my collaborative attitude and willingness to roll up my sleeves on issues to help move the industry forward will be a great fit for the MDV-SEIA Board and I hope I can count on your vote.

        Scott Thomasson

        Program Director of New Markets, Vote Solar

        Current Board Member

        Scott Thomasson is the Program Director of New Markets for Vote Solar. Scott focuses on opening solar markets in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. He also manages Vote Solar’s national work on community solar and other new and innovative solar policy models. He brings over a decade of energy policy and legal experience to the role.

        In 2013, he was lead counsel for a Georgia solar developer in its successful campaign to encourage the Georgia Public Service Commission to authorize over 500 MW of new solar projects. During his years in the United States Senate, Scott served as legislative counsel to the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) and as professional staff for the Senate Appropriations Committee. A native of Atlanta, he now resides in Washington, D.C.

            Rick Peters

            President, Solar Energy Services, Inc. (SES)

            Current Board Member

            Rick Peters is the president of Solar Energy Services, Inc. (SES) where he manages administration, sales and marketing for the company.

            Rick holds a mechanical engineering degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. Prior to entering the solar industry, Rick’s 9-year executive leadership position in Sales and Marketing of an information technology services company was instrumental in growing the firm of 14 employees to more than 100.

            His previous positions build a broad base of experience that includes: civilian engineering project manager in submarine silencing for the US Navy; and various manufacturing management positions for a Fortune 500 packaging manufacturer. Rick is active in regional solar policy initiatives and he has served as former President and current member of the board of directors of the Maryland/DC/Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA) since 2010. Rick invests time in education and market development for various solar technologies. Rick’s lifelong support for environmental concerns coupled with his extensive business experience has positioned him well for advancing SES while pursuing his passion.

            I am asking for your support as a candidate to represent you on the board of directors for MDV-SEIA. I’ve been a member of MDV-SEIA since entering the solar industry in 2008. I’ve been an active board member since 2010, serving as board president for three of those years; helping to navigate the organization through some turbulent times. In my MDV-SEIA role, I’ve participated in many legislative campaigns, primarily in Maryland, but also Virginia and DC.

            Through my business experience, I primarily bring a distributed generation perspective to the board but I have, and will continue to advocate for a balanced solar market in our region, for the good of the entire solar industry. In my belief that balance should take into consideration broad costs/benefits including energy economics, jobs, societal benefits and other values that are applied to our industry’s various energy services.

            If re-elected as a board member I pledge to continue to represent the membership honestly and fairly.

                Sara Rafalson

                Director of Policy and New Markets, Sol Systems

                Current Board Member

                Sara Rafalson is Director of Policy & New Markets, where she is responsible for state-level policy advocacy and market strategy. She is also the author of the firm’s monthly publication on market intelligence and development trends, The Sol SOURCE. Prior to leading Sol’s policy efforts, Ms. Rafalson oversaw Sol Systems’ SREC operations team and channel partnerships, developing an expertise in renewable portfolio standards in the process.

                Ms. Rafalson is the currently Vice President of MDV-SEIA. Before joining MDV-SEIA’s Board of Directors, she had volunteered with the organization since 2011. In addition to taking an active role in RPS discussions and land use issues, Ms. Rafalson volunteers on the conference committee, is on the search team for MDV-SEIA’s new Executive Director, and has established a reputation for representing all market segments in her policy positions.

                Prior to Sol Systems, Ms. Rafalson worked for three years as a sustainability program manager at the University of North Carolina’s Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling. She was also a Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior during the summer of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2009, Ms. Rafalson spent a summer advocating for national climate and energy policy in Anchorage, Alaska at the Alaska Center for the Environment. She is also fluent in conversational Spanish after living in South America for six months.

                Ms. Rafalson holds a BA in International Studies, Sustainability, and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest distinction and was captain of the water polo team.

                Ms. Rafalson is a tireless advocate for diversity in the solar industry and co-chairs the national Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Women’s EmPOWERment Initiative. She was previously President of Women in Solar Energy (WISE).

                    Theo De Wolff

                    Principal, Virginia Solar

                    Since the early-nineties Mr. de Wolff has been one of the pioneers of the U.S. renewable energy industry through various successful ventures, resulting in more than 2500 MW of operating renewable energy projects throughout US providing electricity on annual basis to 600,000 households and representing a capital investment in excess of Billion.

                    Mr. de Wolff is the co-founder and Principal of Virginia Solar LLC (www.vasolarllc.com), the leading developer of utility-scale solar projects in Virginia. Scott Solar, Virginia Solar’s first project (17 MWAC) in Powhatan County, started commercial operations in December, 2016 and is currently owned by Dominion Virginia Power. In 2017 five Virginia Solar projects with a combined nameplate capacity of 97 MWAC will be built including:

                    • UVA Hollyfield: solar facility in King William County which was commercialized through a partnership of the University of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power.
                    • Four projects in Buckingham, New Kent, Powhatan and Sussex Counties which were commercialized through an innovative commercial and financing structure involving Amazon Web Services, Dominion Energy, Inc. and Virginia Solar.

                    In 2014 Mr. de Wolff co-founded Adger Solar LLC (www.adgersolar.com), a solar development company focused on Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Under Mr. de Wolff leadership Adger Solar has emerged as the leading developer of utility-scale solar projects in South Carolina and is currently building two projects with a combined nameplate capacity of 81 MWAC in South Carolina.

                    In 1998 Mr. de Wolff co-founded Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation (“AREC”). Mr. de Wolff was the CEO of AREC and under his leadership AREC initiated, developed and built 11 wind projects with a combined nameplate capacity of 646 MW in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In early 2005 Mr. de Wolff (and his business partner) sold AREC to Scottish Power, a European electrical utility company. Mr. de Wolff was also involved in the founding and leadership of other wind energy ventures that successfully developed more than 1500 MW of operating wind projects in Illinois, Iowa and Texas. During his tenure at these wind companies Mr. de Wolff also spearheaded and structured innovative off-take and financing arrangements with Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Facebook, Google and IKEA.

                    In 2002 and 2014 the American Wind Energy !ssociation recognized Mr. de Wolff’s accomplishments in the wind industry by providing him with the “Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award” for that specific calendar year

                        Zach Starsia

                        Manager, Corporate Origination, Coronal Energy

                        Zach Starsia has a history in solar, starting his career as an analyst with a Mid-Atlantic developer of on-site and utility scale projects and moving up to manage offsite utility scale solar projects for Coronal Energy’s corporate clients. Since his internship with HelioSage Energy—a Charlottesville start-up acquired by Coronal Energy in 2015—Starsia has been exposed to all facets of the business as the company develops, constructs, owns and operates both rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar PV projects all across the United States. Zach has been an active member of MDV-SEIA since 2013 and assisted with policy advocacy work for the past 4 years. With the Greenfield development team headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia Zach lends strategic support on legislative and regulatory policies that drive growth in the Maryland and Virginia solar energy markets. On the MDV-SEIA board, Zach will continue to advocate for renewable and solar-specific policy frameworks that help all segments of the solar industry grow in the Mid-Atlantic area.

                            Robin Dutta

                            Market Development and Policy, SunPower

                            Robin Dutta joined SunPower in 2015 and currently leads the company’s East Coast state policy initiatives, as well as assists in Federal affairs. His work at the state level has spanned RPS issues, net metering fights, and community solar. Robin supports the interests of SunPower’s residential and commercial dealers, as well as the company’s commercial and utility-scale direct development. Additionally, because he has worked up and down the East Coast, Robin has first-person experience in the hot button policy issues facing the solar industry – from land siting restrictions to the New York REV regulatory proceeding and next generation solar incentive structures. Robin has not forgotten where he started in the industry, working on solar water heating policy.

                            While serving on the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors the last two years, Robin has done more than just supporting the solar policy work of MDV-SEIA. He has served on the Conference Committee, assisting in conference planning, and in the hiring committees when there have been staff vacancies. He is currently serving on the hiring committee for the association’s next executive director.

                            Previously, Robin worked at the DC-based company, Nextility. Before his solar work, Robin worked in the political arena, mostly on local electoral campaigns. He earned his MA in Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2012. Robin currently serves on the boards of the Solar Research Institute and the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association.

                                Nicole Sitaraman

                                Senior Manager of Public Policy, Sunrun Inc.

                                Nicole W. Sitaraman is a Senior Manager of Public Policy at Sunrun, Inc. In this role, Nicole manages Sunrun’s engagement in legislative and regulatory policy initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region. Prior to joining Sunrun, Nicole served as an Assistant People’s Counsel in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia (DC OPC). She was the People’s Counsel’s advisor on renewable energy policy issues and team leader of DC OPC’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainability division. Nicole represented District of Columbia ratepayers before the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, Council of the District of Columbia, PJM Interconnection, as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

                                Nicole was DC OPC’s liaison to the Consumer Advocates of the PJM States, Inc. (CAPS) and played a key role in enhancing the engagement of consumer advocates in the PJM stakeholder process. She provided substantial input on several clean energy bills passed by the DC Council including the Community Renewables Energy Amendment Act of 2013, Renewable Portfolio Standard Amendment Act of 2014, Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014 and the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016. She was the principal coordinator of DC OPC’s first ever city-wide consumer education symposium – Horizons 2015: Uniting Energy, Technology and Consumers, as well as Chair of the Distributed Energy Resources Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA).

                                Nicole has been a featured speaker on solar energy policy on several occasions, including but not limited to the following engagements:

                                 American Association of Blacks in Energy: Annual Conference, “Energy, Equity and Environmental Justice,” March 2017

                                 MDV-SEIA: Solar Focus 2016, “Solar Development in Urban Areas,” November 2016

                                 National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA): Annual Meeting, “Electric Vehicle Integration,” November 2016

                                 2016 Green The Church Summit – Baltimore, “Energy Equity and Shifting to Cleaner Power,” October 2016

                                 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC): Annual Meeting, “All Under One Roof – Solar Policy Alternatives,” November 2015

                                Prior to working in renewable energy advocacy, Nicole was a senior attorney in a nationallyrecognized civil and employee rights law firm where she represented numerous workers in race discrimination, sexual harassment, environmental and nuclear whistleblower retaliation cases. Nicole is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Women in Government Relations (WGR) and the Sierra Club. She is also a former board member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Sierra Club. Nicole earned a B.A. in English from Yale University (2000) and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law (2004). Nicole and her husband are the proud owners of a 3.1 kw solar panel system on their home in Ward 4 in Washington, D.C.

                                    Nicole Steele

                                    Executive Director, GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic

                                    Nicole Steele is the Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a non-profit solar installer and job trainer working exclusively in underserved communities. She is a leading voice for low-income solar and energy efficiency in the Mid-Atlantic including DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Nicole directs the Mid-Atlantic office for GRID Alternatives and works with policymakers at the local and state levels to help develop and implement inclusive solar policies. GRID focuses on access issues across the entire project development process including outreach and education, affordable financing, and workforce development. GRID seeks to impact owners, renters, and building managers by installing single-family, multi-family, and community solar systems. Nicole has been on the MDV-SEIA Board of Directors since 2015, where she helped launch the first Job Fair hosted at MDV-SEIA’s Solar Focus partnered with GRID Alternatives. The first year was a smashing success with 300 job-seekers connecting with nearly 25 employers. Looking forward to an even more successful year two!

                                    Prior to joining GRID Alternatives, she was the Director of Policy and State Relations at the Alliance to Save Energy managing high profile initiatives such as the Alliance’s Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy. Nicole was also the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program for Loudoun County, Virginia. While in that position she designed, commissioned and implemented twelve separate energy-related projects ranging from capital improvements to feasibility studies to education and outreach programs. Prior to moving into that role, Nicole was a legislative and long-range land use planner for Loudoun. Ms. Steele also has a background in advocacy, policy development, affordable housing, urban planning, energy efficiency, and green building.

                                        John Finnerty

                                        Director of Project Development, Standard Solar

                                        John Finnerty is director of project development with Standard Solar. Mr. Finnerty is focused on guiding organizations to develop, implement and achieve innovative renewable-energy projects.  At Standard Solar, Mr. Finnerty advances business development, job growth and mentoring goals with a focus on growing local-generation markets in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and Delaware.

                                        Mr. Finnerty organizes expert engineering, construction, finance and operations teams to deliver innovative, market-leading solar and emerging storage projects for clients. Central to his success is applying current public-policy benefits while advocating for policies that sustain market growth.

                                        Mr. Finnerty is a member of the Delaware Tech Energy Advisory Board and is active with industry organizations. Mr. Finnerty’s previous work in the renewable-energy sector included bringing advanced regenerating electric propulsion systems for sailboats to international markets. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal.

                                            Michael Volpe

                                            Vice President, Open Road Renewables

                                            Mike Volpe is the Vice President of Open Road Renewables and has been very active in supporting MDV-SEIA’s efforts in MD and VA since 2013.  Mike is a renewable energy industry expert with nearly a decade of experience spanning origination, project development, and finance. Mike most recently served as the PJM Director for SunEdison’s Distributed Generation business where he originated and managed the successful completion of 18 projects.  Many of these projects were located in Maryland where Mike worked with Maryland-focused partners such as Standard Solar, BITH Energy, and OneEnergy Renewables.

                                            During this time, Mike led the financing of the first off-site Aggregate Net Energy Metering project (Nixon Farm) paving the way for the Community Solar Pilot Program and worked with notable Maryland-based off-takers such as: Montgomery County Public Schools, Johns Hopkins University, Cecil County Board of Education, Town of Elkton, Pocomoke City, City of Salisbury, Chimes International, and Columbia Association.  Mike also played a role coordinating SunEd’s Maryland policy efforts both from the regulatory and legislative side.  These efforts included participating in MD PSC working groups and leading a group of 20 SunEd colleagues in Annapolis for the 2016 RPS expansion legislation.

                                            Mike holds a unique experience set with an intimate knowledge of both the DG and utility-scale markets.  Further, Mike has a significant amount of project finance experience and has led the financing efforts on both DG and utility-scale projects in Maryland.  His diverse experience set makes him a strong candidate for the MDV-SEIA board consideration.  Mike’s current company, Open Road Renewables, is active in both Maryland and Virginia and Mike is committed to policy outcomes that advance the deployment of more DG and utility-scale solar in these markets.

                                                Stan Allison

                                                CFO, Holocene Energy

                                                Mr. Allison has over thirty-five years experience as an investment banker with international institutions, focused on arranging capital in negotiated transactions.  He raised .4 billion under a wide variety of financial arrangements, representing 140 transactions. He is effective at originating, structuring, negotiating and executing complex transactions and has developed strong relationships with many institutional investors. Mr. Allison holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.

                                                    Francis Hodsoll

                                                    CEO, SolUnesco

                                                    I co-founded SolUnesco, a Virginia-based solar developer (business partner Jon Hillis). We are actively developing ten projects. I also founded E&E Frontiers, an energy management consulting company (clients include: ICF, LMI, Nextera, Sol Systems, Standard Solar, U.S. AID, the U.S. Military, and the University of Delaware).

                                                    I have had the opportunity to serve on the MDV-SEIA Board for three terms and currently serve as Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. I lead MDV-SEIA Virginia policy efforts and as a founding member, I participate in the Virginia policy discussions between MDV-SEIA, the electric utilities, and other stakeholders – colloquially known as the Rubin Group. As a leader and contributor to many of the DC, DE, MD and VA policies and programs promoting clean energy I provide deep-rooted historical context and draw on institutional knowledge and relationships.

                                                    I am running for election to the Board to:

                                                    • Foster collaboration between the solar industry segments based on a shared vision even when we disagree on issues
                                                    • Harness the passion within our industry while approaching policy development and advocacy with discipline and rigor
                                                    • Grow MDV-SEIA’s reputation as the voice for solar in the region
                                                    • Effectively deploy resources to compete with opponents who will be better funded
                                                    • Create opportunities to grow all solar segments and consistently demonstrate the economic benefits
                                                    • Partner effectively with our natural allies and engage broad-based support

                                                    My background includes

                                                    • Numerous C-Suite positions in both the private and public sectors: CEO solar developer, President energy consultancy, CFO power plant developer, SVP for power plant operations and asset management, Deputy Director of the federal regulator for offshore energy and a McKinsey energy & finance consultant.
                                                    • Clean energy volunteer advisor: Chair of the Energy Workgroup for Governor McAuliffe’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission; member of Governor McAuliffe’s Energy Committee; and President and founding Board member, Virginia Advanced Energy Industries Coalition.
                                                    • Education: MBA from the MIT’s Sloan School of Management and BA in Economics from Colby College.

                                                        James K. Martin

                                                        President, Martin Energy LLC

                                                        Mr. Martin has been involved with all aspects of the solar industry, from the boardroom to the C suite to development on the ground. Mr. Martin has led acquisitions, strategic business plans, profit and loss, tax equity, project finance, development and construction of projects in the utility, commercial, and residential sectors.

                                                        • Consultant-Publically traded client Mr. Martin is responsible for site development efforts in Virginia for large (>20 MW) utility scale solar projects. Identifies property, negotiates with landowners, leads transmission analysis and filings, leads permitting, negotiates with utilities, and advises on policy at the VA SCC, DEQ, and General Assembly. Mr. Martin is also providing executive coaching to three high performers on the development team
                                                        • Consultant-Privately held client Mr. Martin is advisor to the CEO and Chief Development Officer of a rapidly growing solar developer and constructor of utility scale solar projects. Mr. Martin is participating with the CEO on addition of senior personnel, organizational restructuring and negotiation strategy for acquisitions and EPC contracts. Mr. Martin is responsible for the successful acquisition of utility scale solar projects in the southeast
                                                        • Consultant-Private Equity client for SunEdison bankruptcy Mr. Martin performed due diligence on solar assets in North America and China. Reviewed all contracts, advised client on risk profiles, construction budgets, and schedules, provided financial proformance analysis, and recommended bidding/negotiation strategy
                                                        • CEO of PV Capital Ventures (PVCV). PVCV developed, financed, constructed and operates 6 projects totaling 1.9 MW. PVCV created a proprietary standard power purchase agreement to simplify the financing of the projects. All projects were completed on time and under budget for its clients. The projects were bundled and tax equity sold to a private equity family office
                                                        • CEO of Islandwide Solar (IWS). IWS has revenues of ~ million/year and EBITDA of ~ million per year in the residential solar business. IWS is a marketer and installer of residential systems through cash sales and leases. IWS is an exclusive dealer for Sunrun and Mr. Martin renegotiated the Sunrun contract to give IWS better terms. Mr. Martin was brought in by the majority owner to improve cash flow, implement processes to improve project management and construction, and reorganize the business to improve efficiency and earning
                                                        • CEO of SunWize Home. SunWize Home is an extension of the IWS solar brand to the continental US. SunWize Home operates in AZ and CA and Mr. Martin created a dealer network to lower costs and improve pricing from Sunrun
                                                        • CEO of SunWize Financial. Mr. Martin created a sister company to offer a loan product to lower FICO score customers to complement the Sunrun lease. Mr. Martin created an alliance with a low credit consumer loan originator and servicer and successfully navigated the extremely tight regulatory environment to create an approved loan down to 600 credit score. Mr. Martin worked with the loan origination company to create an iPad app that the sales team uses with customers to determine loan qualification in the customer’s home at the point of sale
                                                        • Secretary of Board-SunWize Technologies. Mr. Martin advised the senior management team of the company in a successful management buyout of SunWize Technologies from Mitsui and was named to the Board of Directors. After acquisition, Mr. Martin was named to the office of CEO and led the breakup of the company, disposition of non-performing assets, and spin-off of higher risk business operations so that the remaining company could focus on core business of development and construction
                                                        • Advisor to CEO of Sol-Wind, LLC. Mr. Martin advised the CEO of first of a kind MLP structure for renewable energy projects. Mr. Martin wrote and edited Securities and Exchange Commission S-1 filings, crafted portions of road show IPO presentations, and led Q&A prep sessions for the CEO and management team
                                                        • Developer-ITOK Solar, LLC. Mr. Martin led development efforts for SunWize Technologies on the 50 MW ITOK project in Pichincha, Ecuador. Negotiated partnership and EPC agreements, negotiated property options, and performed site development in Ecuador

                                                        Regulatory Experience: Mr. Martin was the senior officer responsible for the preparation of testimony and analysis, litigation, and settlement of rate cases in four states and at the Federal level. Mr. Martin led the litigation at the VA SCC of the first electric base rate case in Virginia in over a decade for Dominion Virginia Power, which was settled with all parties after lengthy and complex testimony. Mr. Martin also sponsored and approved all fuel and rider testimony in Virginia, as well as filing Integrated Resource Plans. Mr. Martin led all electric rate cases in North Carolina, gas distribution cases in West Virginia for Hope Gas, gas distribution cases in Ohio for East Ohio Gas and transmission cases at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Dominion Transmission.

                                                            Michael Borkowski

                                                            Community Power Group, LLC

                                                            Michael Borkowski has more than twenty years of diversified financial and operational experience. Mr. Borkowski began his career in various entrepreneurial and consulting roles before moving to Ernst & Young LLPs (“E&Y”) Merger and Acquisition group. During his time at E&Y, Mr. Borkowski consulted on over 150 private equity and strategic investments with an emphasis on technology, energy and healthcare. In 2010, Mr. Borkowski started MDB Equity, LLC, a closely held company whose primary objective was to consult on and invest in renewable energy and other sustainability related projects. In 2010, Mr. Borkowski also started a renewable energy development and consulting business which today is called the Community Power Group, LLC (“CPG”). CPG is currently engaged on projects in nine states: Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC, and Wyoming. Mr. Borkowski has participated in the development or financing of over billion worth of projects and serves on the Board of Bethesda Green.

                                                                Genus Heidary

                                                                Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

                                                                As a litigator and regulatory attorney working in the Washington D.C. office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, I have an opportunity to work with clean technology companies on an array of issues. I am interested in continuing to grow the strong solar capacity within our region, and I hope to offer my legal skills, policy background, and fundraising experience to help facilitate the goals of MDV-SEIA’s membership.

                                                                Genus is an experienced litigator and regulatory attorney, helping energy, technology, and consumer finance industry clients, among others, resolve their most pressing issues. Devoting most of her time to environmental and white collar law, Genus frequently navigates internal investigations and civil and criminal enforcement matters, including those implicating fraud and abuse, consumer finance, the Clean Air Act, clean technologies and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

                                                                As a member of Katten’s Consumer Finance practice, Genus also concentrates on class action and multi-district legislation. She focuses her practice on defending clients against state and federal class actions, with particular emphasis on consumer protection and consumer finance laws.

                                                                With significant life sciences experience, Genus works with Katten’s Food Outbreak and Product Recall team. Prior to entering the field of law, Genus worked in the public health policy arena in numerous capacities at both the local and federal levels, including serving under the San Mateo County Director of Health Services and as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis.

                                                                Genus holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a juris doctorate from Pepperdine University

                                                                Genus hosts presentations (live and via webinar) to MDV-SEIA membership on a number of topics including Solar Energy and Consumer Financial Protections, Corporate Governance, and PACE Loans and Consumer Protections.

                                                                 

                                                                    Frances Yuhas

                                                                    Director of Business Development, TurningPoint Energy

                                                                    As Director of Business Development for TurningPoint Energy, Ms. Yuhas performs all aspects of solar project origination including site identification, energy off-take agreement negotiation and other due diligence activities to ensure project implementation success. She works closely with engineering, project finance, real estate for land acquisition, operations and the legal team to ensure project feasibility and that project economics align. Immediately prior to her role at TurningPoint Energy, Frances worked at WaterSmart Software to exercise her passion to learn more about water demand efficiency supported by data analytics, customer engagement and behavioral science. Prior to that, she worked at SunEdison for 10 years where she originated over 100 MW of commercial, municipal and utility scale solar projects in the United States. Prior to that, she worked in the public transportation industry. Frances holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University (part of the University System of Maryland) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore

                                                                        Brian J. Villari

                                                                        CIC, CLCS, CAWC, Risk Advisor, Consolidated Insurance Center, Inc.

                                                                        Brian is a Risk Advisor with a decade of combined carrier/broker experience. He specializes in working with organizations in two main areas: risk engagement and insurance placement. This is achieved through a specific proactive process designed to prevent, mitigate, avoid, transfer and/or properly assume those risks that may keep you from reaching your goals. Brian works diligently so that when the unforeseen claim does happen you get a check in the right amount.

                                                                        Prior to coming on board with Consolidated, Brian worked for Philadelphia Insurance Companies. With this unique background Brian brings value and perspective to clients typically unknown by other brokers. He understands what an insurance carrier is looking for, how to navigate the channels, and how to properly tell the client’s story to achieve the best results.

                                                                        Brian has been the partnered insurance broker of MDV-SEIA for two years now. He has successfully helped members with cost reductions, coverage enhancements and the ability for them to take back control of their insurance results.

                                                                            Brian O’Hara

                                                                            Senior Vice President for Strategy and Government Affairs, Strata Solar

                                                                            As SVP for Strategy and Government Affairs at Strata Solar, I lead all of Strata’s policy and regulatory efforts, frequently collaborating with other companies on shared policy goals. Strata Solar is a solar developer and EPC that works in both the utility-scale and the commercial rooftop markets, so we care deeply about both rooftop and ground-mounted market issues.  We are especially interested in Virginia as we are building over 100 MW in the state in 2017.

                                                                            I have been deeply involved in policy and regulatory efforts in several Southeastern states, including VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL.  I would like to bring that experience to bear to create more market opportunities in MDV-SEIA’s territory.  I also founded and led the Southeastern Wind Coalition, so I have direct experience in clean energy non-profit advocacy, governance, member engagement, etc. that I believe would be useful to MDV-SEIA.

                                                                            Previously, I worked in real estate development and the offshore oil & gas industry in West Africa.  I grew up in Springfield, VA, have a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as a MS in engineering and MBA from Stanford University.

                                                                            I appreciate your consideration to serve on the board of MDV SEIA.

                                                                                Adam Thompson

                                                                                Vice President of Development and Operations, Urban Grid

                                                                                Adam is Vice President of Development & Operations for Urban Grid. Adam joined Urban Grid in 2012, and since then has performed in a variety of roles, including sales and marketing, project management, project development, public policy and strategy, asset management and operations. In his current role, he is responsible for origination, development and fulfillment of solar project opportunities across Urban Grid’s active markets. Adam interacts daily with industry partners, landowners, municipal planning administrations, utility interconnection departments and PPA clients to ensure the successful development and completion of solar projects.

                                                                                Adam’s responsibilities include both Utility Scale and DG project development. His track record includes successful completion of DG solar projects for municipal governments, educational institutions, non-profits and corporations across MDV-SEIA’s territory. At the same time, he has played a key role in Urban Grid’s Utility Scale development efforts, helping to build a large pipeline of MD and VA Utility Scale projects in just under 2 years. This experience has provided Adam with a unique perspective and understanding of both DG and Utility Scale solar development in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington DC.

                                                                                Prior to joining Urban Grid, Adam focused on environmental and renewable energy policy, completing a master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a focus on Renewables Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University.