Despite the challenging conditions, team members took a few opportunities to discuss the Maryland SREC market with solar energy system owners they spotted along the race course.

Despite the challenging conditions, team members took a few opportunities to discuss the Maryland SREC market with solar energy system owners they spotted along the race course.

Sol Systems Tops 360 Teams to Win 200 Mile Relay Race

On September 12-13, nine members of the Sol Systems team ran a 200 mile relay race stretching from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC. Winding through hills and valleys, day and night, the team steadily made its way to the finish line, beating over 360 teams to take the first place title. With a final time of 25 hours and 35 minutes, the Sol Systems team finished a full hour faster than the second placed finishers.

The Ragnar Relay consists of 36 individual legs (3 per runner) ranging from 2 miles to 11.1 miles in length with varying difficulties in terrain. The logistics of the race involve two vans of six runners alternating every six legs, trading off at major exchange points at which runners can relax, meet other teams, and attempt to sleep.

The race started for the Sol Systems team (named the Fighting Gibsons after the company’s Chief Technical Officer, Mike Gibson) at 12:30 pm on Friday and continued until just after 2 pm on the following day. By the end of the race, most teammates had only slept for one or two hours.

As the final runner raced down the stretch, all 12 team members came together and crossed the finish line in unison. The team drew together in the face of the relay’s challenges, ultimately coming out stronger. See you next year, Ragnar DC.

Team Roster
Runner 1 – Bridget Callahan – SREC Operations Analyst

Van 1 and Van 2 posing after the race.

Van 1 and Van 2 posing after the race.

Runner 2 – Jason Cimpl – SREC Portfolio Manager
Runner 3 – Tommy Larson – Analyst, Project Finance
Runner 4 – Eric Stam – Renewables Trader
Runner 5 – Anna Noucas – Senior Associate, Project Finance
Runner 6 – Matt Chou – Director, Project Finance
Runner 7 – Andrew Gilligan – Director, Investments
Runner 8 – William Graves – Senior Associate, Project Finance
Runner 9 – Eric Scheier – Analyst, Portfolio Management
Runner 10 – Austen Sybert – Accenture, former Sol Systems Intern
Runner 11 – Lee Lingenfelter, DC Water
Runner 12 – Kevin Mayer, Nextility

Interested in participating in the 2015 Ragnar Relay with the Sol Systems team? We are currently hiring for several positions. View our careers page and submit your application to jobs@solsystemscompany.com today.

About Sol Systems
Sol Systems is a solar energy finance and investment firm. The company has facilitated financing for 165MW and over $600 million of distributed generation solar projects on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations, insurance companies, utilities, banks, family offices, and individuals. It has over $300 million in assets under management as of September 2014. Sol Systems provides secure, sustainable investment opportunities to investor clients, and sophisticated project financing solutions to developers. The company’s tailored financial services range from tax structured investments and project acquisition, to debt financing and SREC portfolio management. For more information, please visit www.solsystemscompany.com.