Drew Price, Hexagon Energy
Drew Price is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hexagon Energy, an independent renewable energy development firm based in Charlottesville, Virginia. As Managing Director, Drew is engaged in all facets of the business, including program and policy analysis, site selection and acquisition, project design, energy modeling, interconnection, permitting, off-take agreements, and project financing. Drew has been at the ground level of the solar industry in Virginia and Maryland with over 370 MW of solar projects under development in the region, ranging from community solar to utility scale. Through his work developing projects, Drew has built relationships with utilities, cooperatives, counties, towns, and other industry organizations and forged collaborative partnerships that benefit all stakeholders. As MDV-SEIA Board Member, Drew will leverage this knowledge and experience to advance the Mid-Atlantic solar industry.
Founding and growing a Virginia small business, Drew has worked closely with MDV-SEIA and other Mid-Atlantic organizations on important policy initiatives and stakeholder engagement. Drew is a member of the six person negotiating team representing MDV-SEIA and the solar industry in discussions with the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and Southside Virginia counties. Drew also serves on the Virginia Solar Workforce Development Initiative Leadership Council, funding and promoting solar job training for local workers. Additionally, Drew serves on the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Renewable Energy Alliance (CvilleREA), representing 9 companies with over 400 employees and 3,214 MW of installed renewable energy.
Drew believes that the success of the solar industry in our region largely depends on building successful, collaborative relationships with the local communities. As a result, he spends most of his time working directly with towns and counties (12 and counting) on solar ordinances, zoning, permitting, design, and operational issues. Drew regularly attends and presents at local town halls, planning commissions, and Board of Supervisors meetings. This work enables him to understand and incorporate the needs and concerns of localities and their residents in policy solutions.
Prior to starting Hexagon, Drew spent 11 years developing energy and climate programs for the world’s major economies. Drew led the creation of environmental commodity trading markets for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the United Nations (UN), the World Bank, California, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He also served as a senior advisor to clients, providing guidance on emerging topics such as market oversight, security, system integration, and program development. This experience instilled the importance and challenge of aligning policy goals and program implementation through stakeholder engagement, thoughtful design, and carefully considered deployment.
Drew lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three kids. He has deep roots in the region, having lived in Virginia for 23 years with extended family that are multi-generational Marylanders. Drew has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.