The Sol Systems team is smart, driven, and dedicated to our mission of promoting growth in the solar industry, an industry that we believe is critical to a sustainable future. At Sol Systems, our number one asset is our team, and we are proud to employ some of the brightest talent in the renewable energy industry. We recently had a chance to catch up with Sol Systems’ Matt Chou, Senior Associate, and ask him a few questions between his hard work on project finance models and developer advisory calls. Here is what he had to say.
You’ve exclusively worked in energy, how’d that happen?
I stumbled upon energy when I was an analyst at Macquire. I gained a lot of experience working with electric and natural gas utilities, and it turned out to be really interesting time to be in the sector. Even though it was by accident, I actually enjoyed my work and being interested in sustainability and climate change lent well to pursing opportunities in renewable energy. Plus the fact that I thought the renewable space was exciting and evolving very quickly – both attributes I wanted to find in an industry and my career so renewables have fit well.
What attracted you to work at Sol Systems?
As I talked to the people in the company through interviews with Yuri and George I got a really good sense for the type of people at Sol – good, passionate people with innovative ideas for what finance in the solar world should look like. The people were encouraging. Additionally, the commercial project finance side of the firm was just a year old when I joined, so I was interest in coming in at an early stage on that. I was attracted to the investment bank for solar model that we are heading toward and figured I could lend my traditional investment banking experience to help shape Sol’s financial advisory services to solar developers and investors.
Where do you see the project financing business headed in the next 12-18 months?
Over the next 12-18 months, we will continue to strengthen our reputation as an established thought leader in solar project finance with a deep and broad understanding of the solar market place.
What do you like to do out of work?
I like to run so I’m training for my first marathon.
About Sol Systems
Sol Systems is a boutique financial services firm that offers investor clients direct access to the renewable energy asset class and provides developers with sophisticated project financing solutions. Founded in 2008, Sol Systems focuses on meeting the most critical needs of the industry, including SREC monetization, capital placement, tax equity, and New Market Tax Credits. To date, the company has facilitated financing for thousands of projects and hundreds of millions in investment on behalf of Fortune 100 companies, private equity, family offices and individuals. For more information, please visit www.solsystemscompany.com.