Chief Executive Officer
Yuri Horwitz is the Chief Executive Officer at Sol Systems. He has led the company since its inception in 2008, focusing on its strategic development and managing the firm’s relationships with institutional and private capital clients. Mr. Horwitz has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields for the last decade and is a recognized subject matter expert on solar finance and SRECs. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has financed 410MW of solar assets.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Horwitz was an attorney at Alston & Bird, assisting clients with the development and financing of wind and solar facilities throughout the United States. He has also provided pro-bono assistance to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Surfrider Foundation. He serves on the Board of the regional SEIA chapter, and has presented at dozens of renewable energy finance conferences and guest lectured at Georgetown University, the University of Maryland, and Yale. He regularly consults with states and Public Utility Commissions on solar markets and has helped a number of states and regional transmission organizations implement their renewable portfolio standards. Mr. Horwitz was a 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named as a top business leader in the Washington area per the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards program in 2011. He is an active member of YPO.
Mr. Horwitz was elected to the Board of the Solar Energy Industries Association for a term running from January 2016 through December 2017.
Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a dual B.A. from the College of William and Mary.
George Ashton, co-founder of Sol Systems, has been a critical contributor to the vision and strategic development of Sol Systems. He has focused specifically on developing the SREC Services and Project Finance businesses. His strategic responsibilities include on-going ideation and process implementation with the goal of ensuring that Sol Systems is a transformative financial intermediary in the renewable energy finance space. His daily responsibilities include managing the SREC Portfolio team, as well as the Developer Advisory Services group, which originates and reviews solar project opportunities for investment.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Ashton spent more than a decade in the capital markets sector working with investments, securitization, trading, and financial analysis. In the last year of his previous position at Fannie Mae, he managed more than $20 billion in asset purchases and cultivated and developed business relationships with some of largest banks and investment firms in the country. In 2012, Mr. Ashton was appointed Treasurer of the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) by Governor O’Malley, and in 2014, he was named chair of the MCEC committee charged with studying the feasibility of a Green Bank in Maryland. In 2013, Mr. Ashton won Washington Business Journal's CFO of the Year Award. In 2014, Mr. Ashton was named a top business leader in the Washington area per the Washington Business Journal's 40 Under 40 awards program. His charitable activities include supporting the Washington Jesuit Academy, a middle school for promising disadvantaged male youths in Washington, DC, and the Community Ministries of Rockville.
Mr. Ashton has an MBA from the University of Maryland and a dual B.S. from the College of William and Mary.
Associate, Utility Origination
Anjali Bains works on the project finance team analyzing investment opportunities to match investor capital with commercial and utility scale solar projects.
Anjali started her career in solar as an analyst in SunEdison's Renewable Energy Leadership Development Program, a two-year rotation program for recent graduates. As part of the inaugural class she helped to define the mission and framework of the program. She spent her first year supporting the closing of a $100 million tax equity fund with the residential structured finance team, performing pricing and market analysis and due diligence for investors. After spending her second year as a global project manager for an enterprise asset management software platform in the downstream asset management team, she moved permanently into large scale utility development, where she led the early-stage development of three 100MW+ solar projects in Colorado and Arizona.
Anjali graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.S. in Earth & Environmental Engineering.
Director of Organizational Development and Culture
Liz Barentzen brings extensive experience overseeing human resources activities. As the Director of Organizational Development and Culture, she fosters alignment between Sol’s high-performance culture and strategy, while ensuring commitment to the growth and development of team members.
Previously Ms. Barentzen served as the Director of Workforce Relations at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation where she managed training and development, employee and labor relations, performance management and recognition, and the HR information technology system (HRIS). During her time at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, she advised executives on performance management and employee and labor relations issues. Additionally, she worked for Personnel Decisions International, managing human resources and operations in the New York office.
Ms. Barentzen is a certified executive coach and a graduate of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.A. in Psychology from New York University.
Deputy General Counsel
Leslie Barkemeyer is the Deputy General Counsel at Sol Systems, where she lends legal support to Sol Systems' solar project finance team during project negotiations, deal structuring, and transaction closings.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Barkemeyer served as an Assistant General Counsel for a component of the Department of Justice, where her practice focused on third-party financed renewable projects for federal agencies. Dedicated to the Renewable Energy Initiative, she led negotiations on behalf of the federal government and pioneered innovative federal contracting vehicles. In addition to her transactional practice, Ms. Barkemeyer is an experienced litigator having served as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York and a trial attorney at a boutique civil litigation firm in Chicago.
Ms. Barkemeyer received a B.A. in medieval history from Cornell University and a J.D. from Temple University, where she was a Public Interest Scholar and served on moot court and trial team. She currently serves as the Chair of the Renewables Committee of the Energy Bar Association and the Washington, D.C. Board of the Women’s Energy Network. Additionally, she sits on the national Board of Directors for the New Leaders Council.
Director, Corporate Communications
Jill Brandt oversees all corporate communications at Sol Systems as well as go-to-market strategies for the Customer Energy Services team.
Prior to Sol Systems, Ms. Brandt worked at NRG Energy for five years. Her most recent role was as Director of Business Development, running a national sales team focused on large C&I development for NRG's non-commodity products and services, that included onsite solar, offsite solar and wind, fuel cell, community solar, and combined heat and power. Before that, Ms. Brandt worked in marketing for NRG, overseeing the team responsible for all corporate communications (annual report, sustainability report, etc), the home services division for Reliant Energy, and overall brand management. She was initially hired at NRG as one of the original 15 employees for EVgo, the nation's first privately funded electric vehicle network. Prior to NRG, Ms. Brandt worked for a large marketing and advertising agency, managing clients that ranged from large auto makers to professional sports teams.
Ms. Brandt holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Brandt has received the 2015 Crystal Award for “Judges Favorite” from the American Marketing Association for NRG's Free Press Summer Festival sponsorship highlight, the "2014 Marketing Superstar" awarded by the Chief Marketing Officer at NRG, and a 2011 Lantern Award and 2011 Business Marketing Association for Best Business Event for the NRG EV Dallas-Fort Worth Launch Event. Jill has traveled to around 90 countries, hiked several tall mountains, and hopes to one day be able to karaoke a Busta Rhymes song.
Customer Accounts & Operations Specialist
Kate Brandus works at Sol Systems on the SREC operations team, where she is responsible for handling inquiries for Sol Systems' 4,000+ network of solar energy system owners and installers. In addition, she manages production monitoring for SREC minting with PJM-GATS and NEPOOL, as well as customer meter readings. Ms. Brandus also conducts policy research and interacts with the various public utilities commissions to guide customers through the path toward SREC certification.
Previously, Ms. Brandus interned for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Executive Office of the President in DC, where she provided customer service to all EOP components, including the White House and the Council on Environmental Quality.
Ms. Brandus graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Policy.
SREC Operations Manager
Bridget Callahan works at Sol Systems on the SREC operations team, where she manages accounts for Sol Systems' 4,000+ network of solar energy system owners. She also handles inquiries for Sol Systems' network of 250+ residential installers. In addition, she manages customer meter readings and production monitoring for SREC minting with PJM-GATS and NEPOOL. Ms. Callahan also conducts policy research and analysis, and interacts with the various public utilities commissions to guide customers through the path toward SREC certification.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Callahan worked with the State of Michigan, as well as with several environmental non-profit organizations, including Green America.
She holds a Bachelor in Arts in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, with a concentration in environmental policy.
Senior Director, Utility Origination
Howard Chang leads Sol System’s utility origination efforts out of the San Francisco office, focusing on project acquisitions and co-development. In this role, he deploys capital and develops small to mid-size utility-scale projects across the U.S.
Mr. Chang has over 10 years of finance and energy experience. Prior to Sol Systems, he worked at SunEdison in roles leading the C&I Channel Operations team, serving as Chief of Staff of the North America Region, and in Project Finance. He began his career at J.P. Morgan in a variety of roles, including the Corporate Structuring & Solutions Group where he focused on new product development. Mr. Chang has also worked in General Electric’s Energy Financial Services division and EnerNoc’s Utility Solutions team.
Mr. Chang holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with General Honors in Economics.
Senior Director, Trading
Jason Cimpl manages Sol Systems' SREC portfolio of 4,000+ solar assets, creates and analyzes the company’s SREC research models, forecasts SREC supply and demand, and calculates the SREC portfolio’s risk position and strategy. He also leads Sol Systems' SREC services group, which manages SREC portfolios for installers, developers, and investors who own their own SREC-producing solar assets, but may not have the expertise or resources to manage them on a daily basis.
Mr. Cimpl joined Sol Systems with over eight years of finance experience, and before Sol Systems, he served as lead analyst for Wyatt Investment Research, where he provided clients with equity research, portfolio analysis, and trading strategy. Additionally, he spent several years in an accounting and financial advisor capacity.
Mr. Cimpl graduated from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with a degree in Finance, Investment and Banking.
Director of Development Engineering
Mark Cooper oversees engineering operations and quality control for Sol Systems at all stages of the project development and execution. Additionally, Mr. Cooper assists with technical analysis of project opportunities, and provides technical solutions to allow early stage projects become shovel-ready assets.
Mr. Cooper joined Sol Systems after being a part of the SunEdison US C&I business unit for eight years, the first three as a project engineer and engineering manager in the northeast, and the final five as national director of engineering. During that period, his team lead the engineering for a business unit that installed over 700 net-metered and Feed in Tariff commercial installations across the US and its territories. Prior to entering the PV industry, Mr. Cooper worked for ten years as a mechanical engineer in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer products.
Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jessica Cowan is the operations associate in the Sol West office. She assists with special projects, provides office support, and liaises with the Washington, D.C. office.
Prior to Sol Systems, Ms. Cowan worked at SunEdison, where she served as Assistant Office and Document Administrator. While there, she assisted with the SOX tracker, invoicing, tracking agreements, creating commitments for Utility and DG vendors, and provided support for the North American legal team. Prior to SunEdison, Ms. Cowan worked at Clean Power Finance on the consumer acceptance team.
Ms. Cowan holds a B.A. in Cinema with a specialization in production from San Francisco State University, and made Dean’s List her senior year.
Analyst, Customer Energy Services
Austin deButts works as a member of the Customer Energy Services team, analyzing investment opportunities in the commercial and utility-scale solar space through financial modeling and due diligence. Mr. deButts assists the team in their growing efforts to bridge the gap between the company’s investment partners and solar developers seeking capital.
Prior to joining Sol Systems in June 2016, Mr. deButts worked as a policy analyst for NRG Solutions, a solar energy social-enterprise that works to provide rural communities in Cambodia with low-cost, sustainable solar energy.
Mr. deButts holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy of Princeton University with a certificate in Spanish Language and Culture.
Dan Diamond works in the engineering department, where he leads the delivery team on negotiating, executing, and managing the PV Project EPC contracts. The team ensures projects remain on budget and on schedule by mitigating the technical and commercial issues that arise.
Mr. Diamond has supported development and managed construction for commercial distributed generation and utility-solar projects since 2009. His most recent role was project manager at SunEdison, where he supervised a portfolio of distributed generation projects on the east coast. Additionally, he managed construction and operations for other various solar developers. Prior to his experience in the solar industry, he worked as the project manager for a retail shopping center development near Atlanta, GA. The four-year,120M project, required 2.1 Mcy of earth moving and 800,000 cy of rock blasting for the 800,000 sf shopping center over 100 acres.
Dan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, and a Masters in Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Georgia Tech. He also holds a professional engineering license.
Austin Ditz is a Project Manager on the Project Delivery Team.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Ditz was a Senior Analyst with The Cadmus Group, where he worked in the Energy Services Division. While at Cadmus, he worked with utility clients, managing independent evaluation, measurement, and verification efforts of ratepayer funded demand side management programs.
Mr. Ditz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University.
Chief Technology Officer
Michael Gibson oversees all aspects of Sol Systems’ IT efforts, from network infrastructure to application development to strategic planning. Mr. Gibson works tirelessly to ensure that Sol System’s technology continues to support the company’s rapid growth.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Gibson worked as a software engineer with Ariadne Genomics, LLC, where he built systems to help the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) improve their tools for data collection and research collaboration. Mr. Gibson also carries more than 6 years of experience as a software consultant, both with Falling Creek Design Group, a company which he helped found, and as an independent consultant.
Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with honors.
Senior Director, Investments
Andrew Gilligan leads Sol Systems' solar project acquisition efforts, working with long-term asset owners to secure and fund solar projects. Over the past three years, Mr. Gilligan has overseen closings for approximately $120 million of equity into solar projects in the commercial and industrial and small-scale utility space throughout the U.S.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Gilligan completed his education at Georgetown University, where he launched Georgetown Energy, a solar energy consulting group.
Mr. Gilligan holds a B.S. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, specializing in Energy studies, and also a certificate in Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Analyst, Asset Management
Joshua Goldman is an analyst as part of the asset management team, where he reports financial and technical data on operating tax equity funds.
Mr. Goldman first joined Sol Systems in May of 2016 as an intern for the asset management team. As an intern, he contributed to tracking performance data on past projects in both the tax equity and profit IMA funds.
Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Goldman worked for the University of Maryland Office of Executive Programs, where he tracked survey data for the university’s MBA programs.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Actuarial Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Senior Associate, Distributed Generation M&A
William Graves originates, models, and conducts due diligence on commercial and small utility-scale solar projects sited in the United States.
Since joining the team in 2012, he has originated 750MW of pipeline, leading to the deployment of over $70 million into solar projects. He currently manages 125 developer accounts across the United States.
Mr. Graves holds a Bachelor of Science from American University, where he studied Business Administration and International Relations, with a specialization in Global Environmental Policy. He graduated summa cum laude and with university honors. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Georgetown University.
Junior Project Engineer
Tom Griffin provides technical diligence support to Sol Systems’ Project Finance team, providing project specific assessments and reviews, engaging developers and EPCs, and performing system energy modeling. Mr. Griffin also helps the Project Management team track the progress of ongoing construction and ensure the delivery of turn-key systems, and the Asset Management team to monitor the performance of assets under management and coordinate with O&M providers to resolve related issues.
Mr. Griffin first joined Sol Systems in January of 2015 as an analyst intern, where he supported the SREC trading desk and software data collection and migration efforts for the asset management team.
As part of his undergraduate degree, Mr. Griffin led a five-week study of the air quality in student dorms on campus. This project was a product of an EPA grant to research effective ways to reduce energy consumption in on-campus housing around the country.
Mr. Griffin holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology with a concentration in Energy from James Madison University.
Andrew Grin conducts due diligence and supports financial close for solar projects as a part of Sol Systems Investments team.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Grin spent a year within SunEdison's Financial Leadership Development Program, where he led project initiative management for the Corporate Treasury department and performed project due diligence for the Capital Allocation group. Mr. Grin's also interned at Brightergy Solar, where he supported the sales and business development groups. Additionally, he worked at TradeWind Energy, where he evaluated the financial viability of potential new ventures.
Mr. Grin graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.M in Finance, specializing in Energy from Tulane University and is a Registered Investment Advisor.
Director, Customer Energy Services
Lauren Harris serves as a director on Sol Systems’ Customer Energy Services team. In this role, she focuses on creating and managing strategic channel partnerships to drive business directly with solar off-takers and system hosts.
Ms. Harris has over seven years’ experience in the solar industry. Prior to joining Sol Systems, she worked for SolarCity Corporation as a Senior Manager for Commercial Channel Accounts where she cultivated external business relationships that were responsible for the origination of over 100MW of solar projects. Over her six-year tenure at SolarCity, she was also a project development manager, where she successfully initiated, developed, executed and financed on a wide variety of project types across the United States. Ms. Harris strengths lie in long-term relationship building with partners and clients, and driving productive development cycles by implementing strategic lead generation practices and streamlining the customer acquisition and negotiation process.
Ms. Harris graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in environmental science.
Sam Hein works as part of Sol Systems’ Investments Team, where he handles credit policy, supports capital-raising activities, and assists with portfolio management.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Hein spent two years working in the national commercial real estate market, where he evaluated projects for a large developer and helped found a successful small-cap commercial real estate private equity fund.
In addition to his responsibilities at Sol Systems, Mr. Hein is an active communications writer and advisory board member for Golden Heart Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving housing and lifestyle opportunities for special needs adults.
Sam holds a B.S. in finance and a minor in economics from American University.
Portfolio Manager, Asset Management
Bartley Higgins is a Portfolio Manager with the Asset Management Department, where he manages efforts to monitor and respond to risks associated with Sol Systems’ portfolio of commercial assets, and to maximize returns for investors.
Bartley joins Sol Systems with a diverse background in energy, finance, and project management. He began his career as a loan officer and risk management professional working in under-served communities in New York City. Subsequently, he spent nearly four years at the World Bank implementing energy projects and technical assistance initiatives in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Most recently, he worked at the Department of Energy, where he helped manage a multi-billion dollar portfolio of loan guarantees to innovative renewable energy projects.
Bartley holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Economics from JHU SAIS and a B.A. in History from Reed College.
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Chip Hoagland is Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Sol Systems, partnering with the executive team to support the company’s growth, strategies, and development with a particular focus on all financial matters in collaboration with Sol Systems’ team leaders and the financial team, as well as outside capital providers.
Mr. Hoagland comes to Sol Systems with more than 25 years of corporate financial management, including 21 years at the AES Corporation, a global electric power and utility company where he was Vice President & Treasurer. During that time, he and his team supported the company’s rapid growth and raised more than $100 billion on behalf of the holding company and its various subsidiaries.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Hoagland served as Chief Financial Officer at Venture Global LNG, where he helped commercialize and finance a startup in the capital-intensive business of developing, building and operating an LNG liquefaction and export facility. He worked with owners to obtain the initial development equity of $200 million from large institutional investors and helped with the company’s startup processes.
Mr. Hoagland began his professional business career as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte’s Washington, DC office where he was an Audit Manager prior to joining AES in 1993. He earned a B.S. with Distinction in Finance from George Mason University.
Senior Analyst, Trading
Christian Hofer supports Sol Systems’ SREC team and portfolio trading through fundamental market research and policy analysis.
Mr. Hofer joined Sol Systems with over four years of direct transaction experience in the U.S. environmental commodities markets and was formerly the lead analyst at Skystream Markets, an institutional brokerage company focusing on RECs and SRECs. Additionally, he has held several roles in the capital markets ranging from trade operations to investment banking.
Mr. Hofer graduated magna cum laude with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Business in 2010 with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Environmental Economics & Policy.
Director, Utility Origination
Carl Jackson spearheads growth on the East Coast as Sol Systems’ Director, Utility Origination based in Philadelphia. He leads Sol Systems’ utility project origination efforts throughout the East Coast, serving as the bridge between the company’s investment teams and the developers and other sponsors seeking capital. His team regularly reviews and diligences commercial-scale distributed generation (DG), and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase, co-development and/or to structure project finance.
Mr. Jackson comes to Sol Systems with 5 years of solar project finance and development and 10 years of business development experience. Prior to joining Sol Systems, he facilitated commercial and utility scale project development for Safari Energy. Additionally, his experience includes institutional financial management and energy trading for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Mr. Jackson graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics/Supply Management and Finance from the Smeal College of Business.
Paul Jeschke is a Senior Accountant at Sol Systems, where he works with corporate accounting processes and procedures. Paul handles accounting’s full cycle of monthly activity and streamlines the workflow between departments.
Mr. Jeschke has over five years of corporate accounting experience, working within small and large firms. Prior to joining Sol Systems, he held senior level roles in the accounting department at Kastle Systems International and Clark Construction Group. LLC, where he was also Audit Lead for the group’s largest joint venture.
Mr. Jeschke holds Master of Science in Accounting from Stratford University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The College of William and Mary. He is currently preparing for his Certified Public Accountant examinations.
Associate, Structured Finance
Grace Kankindi works on the Structured Finance team, supporting tax equity and structured finance transactions. She performs due diligence, underwriting, financial modeling, document organization, and preparation of investment committee materials for prospective deals.
Previously, Ms. Kankindi worked at ICF International in Virginia, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Prevention against Climate Change of Quebec in Canada, and International Gorilla Conservation Program in Rwanda.
Ms. Kankindi graduated from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she received a master’s degree in Environmental Management. At Yale, she focused her studies on renewable energy finance, was a co-leader of the Africa Student Interest Group, and a Yale World Fellow Liaison for Pablo Bereciartua - Current Undersecretary of Water Resources of Argentina. She is a former student advisory board member for the Yale Young African Scholars Program, bringing together over 100 African high school students in Rwanda and Zimbabwe. Ms. Kankindi holds a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering with a specialization in Environment from the University of Manitoba in Canada. Additionally, she speaks French and English fluently.
Junior Renewables Analyst
Grant Klein supports Sol Systems' SREC team through market research and policy analysis.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Klein spent three years at the Community Power Network, a nonprofit promoting locally based renewable energy projects and policies. There he managed the Solar Co-op Program, a group purchasing effort that facilitated 1,200 residential solar installations across six states.
He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy and a minor in Sustainability. He was active in College Park Scholars and studied renewable energy abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Additionally, Mr. Klein volunteers his time at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute as the Associate Director of Data & Project Management.
Senior Salesforce Architect
Michelle Knoll serves at the Senior Salesforce Architect on the IT team. She leads the design and development of Sol Systems’ Salesforce implementation to support all aspects of the business.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Knoll worked as a Senior Salesforce Consultant with Buan Consulting, where she worked with a variety of clients to implement or better utilize Salesforce for their business needs. Ms. Knoll has more than 8 years of total IT experience, and has specialized in Salesforce for the past 4 years.
Ms. Knoll holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems, with a concentration in Management from the University of Delaware.
Senior Associate, Investments
Thomas Larson works with the Sol Systems Investments team to coordinate closing transactions for long term acquisitions of solar assets. To date, Mr. Larson has closed $116 million in solar assets across 53 MW on behalf of Sol Systems.
Prior to joining Sol Systems in 2013, Mr. Larson employed solar energy to address rural electrification, microfinance, and entrepreneurial capacity building in the developing world. His additional prior work experiences include interning at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, implementing a revolving loan fund for clean energy projects, and serving as President of Georgetown Energy, a non-profit dedicated to completing clean energy projects.
Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a major in International Political Economy and an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy.
Project Development Manager, Customer Energy Services
Taylor Leyden works on the customer energy services team matching investor capital with commercial and utility scale solar projects. She interacts with developer clients to originate deals and conduct due diligence.
Ms. Leyden comes to Sol Systems with several years of experience in the solar industry. Before joining Sol Systems, she served as the Business Development Associate at Solaire Generation, a commercial and industrial solar carport provider, where she helped the company expand from focusing on supply and installation to full EPC and development services. Ms. Leyden was responsible for growing and maintaining a 400MW project pipeline, managing customer accounts, project cost modeling, and RFP responses. Earlier in her career, Ms. Leyden served as an intern at SunPower in Madrid, researching the European market to develop commercial rooftop solutions. She also spent a summer as an intern at the Princeton Environmental Institute, researching and writing a report on regional and national energy policies to help the university weigh its options for reducing carbon emissions.
Ms. Leyden holds a B.A. from Princeton University.
Director, Asset Management
James Machulak is the Director of the Asset Management Department, where he oversees efforts to proactively manage risks associated with Sol Systems’ portfolio of commercial assets and to maximize returns for investors.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Machulak worked as a portfolio manager in the Loan Programs Office within the Department of Energy (“DOE”). There he was directly responsible for managing a multi-billion dollar portfolio of loan guarantees to innovative renewable energy projects. Mr. Machulak was responsible for managing several of the DOE’s highest risk transactions, a responsibility that required regular presentations and reporting to senior members of the Department. Mr. Machulak was also responsible for the division’s annual efforts to compare internal risk ratings with values provided by external ratings agencies.
Before his tenure at DOE, Mr. Machulak worked in the Asset Management Division at the US Export-Import Bank, where he provided financial analysis and portfolio reporting services. He also worked for Taylor-DeJongh where he provided financial analysis in support of several energy project finance transactions.
Mr. Machulak has earned a BSFS degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as well as a MBA from American International College and a M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Director, Customer Energy Services
Ben Margolis is a director on the Customer Energy Services team, where he focuses on managing strategic partnerships to deliver projects directly to solar energy off-takers and system hosts.
Prior to joining the CES team, Mr. Margolis co-led Sol Systems' project origination efforts, where he served as the intermediary between the company’s investment teams, and the developers and Sponsors seeking capital. Since joining in 2013, under his leadership, the origination team sourced over 1GW of project pipeline, leading to the deployment of over $100 million into solar assets.
With over ten years of experience, Ben has extensive knowledge on the distributed generation (DG) and utility-scale solar markets, and the ability to identify high-quality investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance. Prior to Sol Systems, he was a project engineer at SunEdison, responsible for managing commercial project development and construction for domestic and international projects. Additionally, Mr. Margolis founded and led Pentricity, a company that worked with publicly-owned utilities to implement residential energy efficiency solutions.
Mr. Margolis holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Kevin Mayer works on the engineering team providing technical due diligence to solar project acquisitions and investments, as well as supporting the project development team.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Mayer spent three years at Nextility, a commercial solar water heating and PV financing and development company, working in design, diligence, and asset management roles for over 200 commercial solar projects.
Mr. Mayer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Spanish from the University of Tulsa.
SREC Customer Operations Associate
Lauren works on the SREC operations team, where she is responsible for handling inquiries for Sol Systems' 4,000+ network of solar energy system owners and installers. She also manages production monitoring for SREC minting with PJM-GATS and NEPOOL, and customer meter readings. Additionally, Ms. Miller conducts policy research and interacts with the various public utilities commissions to guide customers through the path toward SREC certification.
With a background in environmental and energy policy, she has performed research and counsel on state and federal bills. Previously, she worked at the White House Council of Environmental Quality in the Office of Federal Sustainability, where she focused on the implementation of Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, by developing mechanisms to ease the procurement of renewable energy for federal agencies.
Ms. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Energy and the Environment.
Senior Director, Customer Energy Services
Colin Murchie leads Sol Systems’ development of offsite solar energy systems for corporate and institutional customers. Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002.
As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress. In addition, he served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating then-novel business models for what would become some of the nation’s first offsite solar energy projects, and pioneering integration of storage systems for capacity and ancillary services. He also managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than $20 million.
Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, he led work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30%. Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations, most notably more than 6 years of service on the Board of the Maryland-D.C.-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), and has been a fixture of the solar conference circuit for more than a decade.
Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Senior Associate, Distributed Generation M&A
Anna Noucas is a project finance professional at Sol Systems, where she works to source and acquire commercial and industrial-scale solar projects for investment. In this role, Ms. Noucas manages relationships with various developer and EPC partners.
Since 2011, she has cultivated relationships with over 300 developer and EPC firms, sourced over 750 projects, and successfully closed over 30MW through both project acquisition and debt financing. Ms. Noucas has presented at some of the industry’s largest conferences, including Solar Power International and Solar Power Northeast. Additionally, she is a reoccurring contributor to Sol Systems’ blog and monthly industry publication, Source.
In 2015, Ms. Noucas was elected to the NYSEIA Board of Directors. In addition to her seat on the Board, she also serves at the Co-Chair of NYSEIA’s Business Development Committee where she works to cultivate relationships with local New York solar companies interested in joining the organization and becoming more engaged in New York solar policy.
Before she joined Sol Systems, Ms. Noucas worked for U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) in Washington, D.C. During her time in the Senator’s office, Ms. Noucas worked directly with Senator Snowe’s Senior Advisor on Energy/Environmental Policy.
Associate, Asset Management
Charles O'Neill works on the asset management team, where he performs reporting on the past performance of the executed tax equity funds.
Prior to working at Sol Systems, Mr. O’Neil worked for a wholesale horticulture farm in Puerto Rico specializing in the export of tropical plants for large commercial growers.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University.
Accounting Manager, CPA
Rebecca Oren is a Senior Accountant at Sol Systems, where she is involved in all aspects of accounting, including both day-to-day activities as well as reporting and special projects. She is in charge of management of accounts payable and accounts receivable, billing, cash management, revenue recognition, etc., as well as preparation of daily, monthly, and quarterly reports. Ms. Oren assists the Controller with monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial closing and consolidation, and performs research activities on technical accounting guidance. In addition, she is helping to develop and monitor internal controls for accounting processes.
Before joining Sol Systems, Ms. Oren spent four years in public accounting, working in the audit department at CohnReznick, LLP where she performed audits of small and mid-sized companies, with a focus on solar energy developers, operators, and EPCs. Other clients of hers included commercial real estate owners as well as registered investment companies. Ms. Oren performed examinations and compiled reports for clients applying for Section 1603 Grants in Lieu of Tax Credits as well as those applying for Solar Investment Tax Credits.
Ms. Oren received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the American University Kogod School of Business in May 2011, where she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity.
Georgina Owino-Trice is Associate Counsel at Sol Systems, where she lends legal support to Sol Systems' solar project finance team during project negotiations, deal structuring, and transaction closings.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Owino-Trice was an Associate at Allen & Overy LLP. There her practice focused on representing lenders in the financing of energy and infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on utility-scale solar energy projects featuring innovative technologies. Prior to her tenure at Allen & Overy, Ms. Owino-Trice worked at an impact investment fund where she was responsible for drafting debt and equity agreements for fund investments.
Ms. Owino-Trice received her LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law, along with her J.D., from Georgetown University, where she served as Founder and President of the Law and International Development Society and was on the Alternative Dispute Resolution team. She received a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science and Economic Law from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Marketing and Community Coordinator
Will Patterson manages website content, office logistics and execution of marketing strategy for Sol Systems. Mr. Patterson supports the creation of Sol’s monthly Project Finance Journal in addition to tracking metrics used for lead generation.
Mr. Patterson first joined Sol in January of 2015, where he supported the marketing team in efforts to expand social media and develop website content. Prior to Sol, Mr. Patterson worked as a communications intern for the American Academy of Actuaries.
Mr. Patterson holds a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Edward Pendergast works on development and operational support for Sol Systems' web-based applications.
Mr Pendergast came to Sol Systems with 3 years of experience in web development. He previously worked with Amazon Web Services managing enhancements and operations for an internal web application used to support AWS hardware infrastructure. He has also worked on consulting projects handling backend and fronted web development largely in Ruby on Rails.
Mr. Pendergast has a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Director, Customer Energy Services
Saritha Peruri leads Sol Systems’ onsite project development team and engages directly with host clients to provide compelling solar solutions.
Ms. Peruri has over a decade of experience in the energy sector. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Global Energy Group in New York, followed by a Consultant role at Bain & Company in Chicago. She made the move to California to build the biopower business segment of Ceres, a biotech company that develops high-yielding energy crops. In this role, she interfaced with farmers, utility companies and government officials to help create a new market, as well as the incentives to support it.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Peruri shifted her focus from biopower to the fast-growing solar industry, where she spent several years focused on developing and financing commercial solar installations, including the first 1+MW installation at the Port of Los Angeles, for two LA-based solar companies.
Ms. Peruri holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.
Director, Policy & New Markets
Sara Rafalson has been with Sol Systems since 2011, and has worked for the firm in many different roles in business development, public affairs, and operations. Today, Ms. Rafalson oversees market strategy and is responsible for state-level policy advocacy. She also manages the firm's relationships with industry nonprofits and regional and national trade associations, including SEIA, MDV-SEIA, NECEC, NJSEC, ACORE, and REEBA. Ms. Rafalson is the author of the monthly SOURCE: The Sol Project Finance Journal, which has a distribution list of nearly 3,500 professionals in the solar industry and related fields.
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. She is co-chair of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Women’s EmPOWERment initiative, and was previously President of Women in Solar Energy (WISE).
Senayt Rahwa is Associate Counsel at Sol Systems, where she lends legal support to Sol Systems' solar project finance team during project negotiations, deal structuring, and transaction closings.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Rahwa was an Associate in the Tax Credit Finance and Syndication practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP, where her practice focused on representing major institutional investors in the financing of renewable projects qualifying for the Investment Tax Credit. Additionally, she spent much of her time also working with investors, lenders, and developers to structure and close deals qualifying for New Markets Tax Credits. Ms. Rahwa represented key players at every level of NMTC transactions bringing much needed capital into underserved communities including the development of charter schools, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, and mixed-use developments.
Ms. Rahwa received her J.D. from Georgetown University, where she served as President of the Black Law Students Association and was on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She received a B.S. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar.
Senior Accountant, CPA
Niki Reynolds is a Senior Accountant at Sol Systems, where she is involved in all aspects of accounting, including both day-to-day activities as well as reporting and special projects. She is in charge of management of accounts payable and accounts receivable, billing, cash management, revenue recognition, etc., as well as preparation of daily, monthly, and quarterly reports. Ms. Reynolds assists the Controller with monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial closing and consolidation, and performs research activities on technical accounting guidance. In addition, she is helping to develop and monitor internal controls for accounting processes.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Reynolds served as a Senior Auditor for Ernst and Young, where she performed audits of Fortune 500 companies. Her career experience also includes accounting consulting for mid-sized companies and internal control reviews for federal government agencies.
Ms. Reynolds received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. She also holds an active CPA license in Virginia and Maryland, and is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Additionally, she is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.
Eugene Rhee supports Sol Systems' Structured Finance and Asset Management teams as an engineering resource. His main responsibilities include technical due diligence of proposed projects, progress monitoring, issue resolution during the construction phase and system performance tracking of operational assets.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Rhee worked in the solar industry for over 10 years at SunEdison and BP Solar. His background is in the design, materials, manufacturing, certification, reliability, and performance of solar modules. Before transitioning to solar, Mr. Rhee started his career as a process engineer for Samsung Electronics in the semiconductor industry.
Eugene holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Director, Structured Finance
Jessica Robbins supports business development and execution of tax equity and other structured transactions at Sol Systems. She works to source, diligence, structure and close financing for commercial and small utility solar projects and residential portfolios, reviewing hundreds of megawatts of pipeline each year.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Robbins worked in the renewable energy sector with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton researching energy policy and markets, and with the Earth Policy Institute as a research assistant.
Ms. Robbins graduated magna cum laude with honors in her major from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and International Affairs concentrating in Energy and the Environment with a Certificate in International Development. While at Georgetown, Ms. Robbins served as the Secretary of Sustainability for the student government and oversaw the creation of a $250,000 green revolving loan fund. Outside of Sol Systems, she is a past fellow and active alumna of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. She serves on the steering committee of the DC/MD/VA chapter of the Nature Conservancy's Generation Conservation, an initiative to mobilize the next generation of conservation supporters. She also enjoys singing with the City Choir of Washington.
Director of Talent
Eva Rodriguez is the Director of Talent, leading Sol Systems’ human capital management and retention. Aspects of her role include: benefits administration, compensation and rewards, onboarding, and professional development.
Ms. Rodriguez has over 12 years of human resources experience. She developed her extensive skills building out the human resource department at Ad Media, a start-up based in Los Angeles, CA. As an executive coach consultant to various organizations, she has a firm understanding of institutionalizing procedures that spur growth, enhance corporate culture, and support the continued professional development of the staff.
Ms. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Business Spanish from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) and a LinkedIn Certified Professional Recruiter.
Senior Director, Customer Energy Services
Marc Rubcich serves as a senior director on Sol Systems’ Customer Energy Services team. In this role, he manages a service-driven department focused on delivering solar energy projects directly to host customers in the commercial and industrial space.
Mr. Rubcich has over nineteen years’ experience in the solar industry. Prior to joining Sol Systems, he worked for SunEdison as a Senior Director of Strategic Accounts. Since 2006, he has delivered over 375 projects to Fortune100 companies in the REIT, retail, pharmaceutical, and telecom industries. Marc focuses on a quality customer experience, allowing him to develop successful, long-term relationships and has earned a reputation as a “trusted adviser” to various commercial customers.
Prior to SunEdison, Mr. Rubcich worked for BP Solar, a subsidiary of British Petroleum (BP). Over his nine-year tenure at BP Solar, he was a manufacturing manager for the thin film plant and a project manager, where he delivered the projects for the first SunEdison fund.
Mr. Rubcich holds a bachelor's degree in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Senior Director, Marketing
Charity Sack oversees brand management, integrated marketing initiatives, and media relations.
Prior to joining Sol Systems in July 2014, Ms. Sack served as Director of Communications at the American Academy of Actuaries where she spearheaded strategic communications planning and branding initiatives to improve member value and stakeholder engagement.
Previously, she was the Director of Communications with Capital Impact Partners, a leading Community Development Financial Institution that provides financing and technical assistance to help make high-quality health care, housing, and education more accessible for communities in need. In her role, she oversaw strategic marketing communications planning, as well as the day-to-day outreach initiatives to investors, customers, partners, foundations, and media. She also led a corporate-wide rebranding, complete with new corporate values programs, visual identity, website and marketing collateral redesign, webinars, and social media campaign.
Ms. Sack also brings experience in emerging markets having lived and worked in Tallinn, Estonia for five years during its transition to a free market economy. While there, she provided marketing expertise to several Estonian companies, co-founded the American Chamber of Commerce, Estonia, and was a guest lecturer on marketing and media topics at three universities.
Ms. Sack earned her MBA in marketing and management from New York University, and her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University.
SREC Operations Associate
Avery works on the SREC operations team, where he is responsible for handling registrations and inquiries for Sol Systems’ network of 4,000+ solar energy system owners and installers. He also manages production monitoring, meter readings, and SREC minting with PJM-GATS and NEPOOL. Additionally, he collaborates with the IT team to optimize the registration process and overall customer experience.
Previously, Mr. Sellers worked at Smart Electric Power Alliance, formerly the Solar Electric Power Association, where he performed marketing analysis on target audiences and web design. Mr. Sellers graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science.
Analyst, Distributed Generation M&A
Stephanie Sienkowski works on the Project Finance team analyzing investment opportunities and matching investor capital with commercial and utility-scale solar projects.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Sienkowski worked in pricing and analysis for a national residential solar company. She built quantitative models to guide business development efforts and meet financial targets, and also created SREC offers for customers. Ms. Sienkowski has experience in developing small commercial solar PPA projects in New York, and has also researched Latin American solar policies to guide U.S. government export strategies. Prior to her time in the solar industry, Ms. Sienkowski managed contracts for a telecommunications client at a leading international consulting firm.
Ms. Sienkowski holds a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a B.A. in Economics and German from the University of Rochester, and a Certificate in Management Studies in Finance and Accounting from Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
Senior Director, Investment Analysis
Joe Song oversees technical diligence for Sol Systems' solar project investments, supporting the tax equity and project acquisitions financing products that Sol Systems provides to the North American solar market. He also manages the construction process, structuring the project management and owner’s agent roles that Sol Systems provides to ensure the investments are built to specification. Mr. Song also works with developers to optimize projects so that they achieve benchmarks for financing and supports efforts to introduce new capital to the solar market.
Mr. Song joined Sol Systems after spending the previous 4 years working as an independent consultant for solar financing companies, management consulting firms, and the Department of Energy. Previously, he spent six years working as Director of Design & Engineering for SunEdison, where he built an internal engineering team who supported the construction of over 150MW of solar projects. Mr. Song is also an advisor to SunFarmer, a non-profit solar financing company deploying solar for hospitals in Nepal.
Mr. Song holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Senior Associate, Trading
Eric Stam works on the Sol Systems’ SREC Team, developing portfolio strategy, managing trading operations, and enhancing business relationships with installers, developers, compliance buyers, and other counterparties. He contributes to the team’s analysis of SREC markets, looking for insight into price movement, supply and demand trends, and political and legislative changes.
Mr. Stam joined Sol Systems after working in sales and business development for Beltway Biodiesel, a D.C. based biodiesel producer, where he built relationships with feedstock suppliers and analyzed opportunities for new products and services. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst for a carbon offsetting project with the National Association for State Community Services Programs, where he helped build a platform to aggregate emissions reductions from residential energy efficiency work across the United States.
Mr. Stam graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dual degree in Economics and International Studies.
Analyst, Customer Energy Services
Dillon Stambler works on the project finance team, assisting in business development and project acquisition. Mr. Stambler connects the firm’s investor partners with developers seeking capital by structuring, modeling, and conducting due diligence on commercial and utility-scale solar projects in the United States.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he joined Sol Systems in July of 2015 and works in the San Francisco office.
Mr. Stambler graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business and a minor in Spanish.
James Stevens provides IT service support for Sol Systems’ staff, offices, and infrastructure.
Mr. Stevens joined Sol Systems with over 20 years’ experience in information technology service management and information security in the Life Sciences and Biomedical industries. Mr. Stevens has served in a variety of roles including Director of Information Technology managing and providing IT service management operations for multiple sites and Chief of Information Security & Compliance for a multinational enterprise.
Mr. Stevens holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Hood College. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Director, Technical Advisory
Rebecca Tilbrook is the Director of Technical Advisory at Sol Systems, leading the team's technical due diligence for solar project investments, and supporting the construction and asset management teams.
Ms. Tilbrook joins Sol Systems with over 11 years of professional experience in the solar industry. Her exposure to solar project spans multi-megawatt, utility-scale developments for utilities (5 - 250MW), remote island power stations, concentrated photovoltaics in gazette grids, and rooftop and building integrated photovoltaics.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Tilbrook was the Solar Services Team lead for engineering consulting firm AWS Truepower. Previously, she held positions with large utilities and local governments throughout Australia and Asia, including CLP Holdings (Hong Kong’s largest energy utility with operations in seven countries), Hydro Tasmania (Australia’s largest renewable energy company), and Northern Territory Power and Water (the leader in remote power supply in Australia).
Ms. Tilbrook holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Murdoch University (Australia), specializing in renewable energy.
Sintia Torres works on the engineering team, where she manages relationships with EPC partners and developers to ensure timely deliverables required to substantiate each project milestone during construction.
Ms. Torres was previously a project coordinator at International Paper and E&J Gallo Winery in Fresno, California. There, she coordinated equipment installations and testing. Her most recent role was PV residential designer for Solar City where she worked with several members including permit coordinators and installers.
Sintia holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fresno and is currently completing coursework for a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Portfolio Operations Associate
Natasha Verma works on the Sol Systems’ SREC Team, developing portfolio strategy and supporting trading operations.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Ms. Verma worked in the Capital Markets division of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). She managed and tracked the earnings made on OPIC’s floating and fixed-rate loans to international development projects and investment funds. Ms. Verma also has experience in carrying out economic development research on such topics as multilateral bank project funding, trade policy, and Latin American infrastructure projects in the energy, telecommunications, and transportation sectors.
Ms. Verma holds an MA in International Economics and Finance from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Business and Economics with a certificate in Spanish from the University of Portland.
Senior Associate, Investments
Jennifer Williams conducts due diligence and manages financial close for solar project acquisitions as part of the Sol Systems Investments team. In this role, she connects the company’s investor partners with developers seeking capital.
Ms. Williams’s experience in the solar industry dates back to 2008. Prior to joining Sol Systems, she worked at Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund, where she helped underwrite more than $57M in term debt for utility scale solar projects. In 2013, she created a referral program for pay-as-you-go solar customers as a Carolina Startup Fellow at Simpa Networks in Bangalore, India. Ms. Williams also interned at Mosaic, where she led a business development project to prioritize solar development opportunities with input from crowd investors. Prior to this, she led a region of solar subcontractors as a Project Manager at Sungevity.
Ms. Williams holds a Master of Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and an MBA at UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School, where she was a Falls Prize recipient and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and English from Middlebury College.
Michael is a highly experienced energy transactions attorney, and brings substantial knowledge and expertise in transactional, commercial, project development, and regulatory matters affecting the energy industry.
Prior to joining Sol Systems, Mr. Woods was a partner in the Energy and Corporate practice groups in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments, joint ventures, restructurings, and general corporate law and commercial matters in the energy industry. He represented a broad range of energy and energy-related companies in the electric power, oil and gas, and energy commodity industries, including independent power producers, electric and natural gas utilities and marketers, oil and natural gas companies, and other companies seeking to invest in the energy industry. Prior to his time with Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Woods served for over two years as an attorney at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the General Counsel.
Mr. Woods earned his J.D., with honors, in 2003 from Emory University School of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. He received a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida in 2000.
Director, Structured Finance
Gabe Wuebben manages tax structured projects for Sol Systems’ corporate and institutional clients. Mr. Wuebben supports origination and business development efforts while executing on tax structured equity transactions at Sol Systems.
Mr. Wuebben joined Sol Systems after developing the Project Finance platform at Blu Homes, a San Francisco-based prefab homebuilder, where he built a network of financing partnerships and developed innovative finance products and services. Before joining Blu Homes, he was a senior associate at Ernst & Young (EY), where he structured renewable and real estate project partnerships for efficient incentive monetization and helped build the firm’s New Markets Tax Credit practice.
Mr. Wuebben holds an MBA with a Finance concentration from Boston University, where he was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. He graduated from the University of Michigan.
Dan Yonkin leads tax structured investments for corporate and institutional clients with Sol Systems. Under his leadership, Sol Systems has managed tax equity transactions for over 100MW of solar projects totaling over $250 million.
Mr. Yonkin has co-authored articles on solar tax structured investments and securitization of solar assets for the Journal of Structured Finance and Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. He has also been an invited panelist for conferences such as Sunshine Backed Bonds 2014 and IPED’s Emerging Trends in Financing Tax Credit Projects Conference 2013.
Mr. Yonkin holds a M.S. in Sustainable Development specializing in energy policy and tradable permit markets from Utrecht University, where he studied as a Huygens Scholar. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College.
At Sol Systems, Olga Zelenova oversees all critical accounting functions including financial reporting, consolidation, taxes, budgeting, internal controls, accounting policies, and other general accounting functions. She is also responsible for the analysis of the financial data and accounting impact as it relates to strategic transactions and new contracts.
Before joining Sol Systems, Ms. Zelenova served as an Accounting Manager at Silver Ridge Power (formerly AES Solar) where she oversaw and coordinated financial and reporting function, tax accounting and consolidation process between local GAAPs, IFRS and the US GAAP for multiple international projects located in 9 countries with a fleet of over 300 solar plants. Prior to that, Ms. Zelenova spent 5 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Consumer Industrial Products and Services (CIPS) group where she was working with the US and global (IFRS) clients in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Zelenova has spent over ten years in the field of global finance, accounting, and auditing.
Ms. Zelenova received her MBA in 2012 from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, where she was the President of Professionals in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Affairs and a member of Georgetown Women in Business. She holds B.A. degree in International Business from Lakeland College, WI. In 2002 Ms. Zelenova received the “Best Potential” award among undergraduate students in Estonia from the government organization Estonian Human Resource Management Association PARE for her thesis, The employment of people with disabilities in Latvia.