Employee Spotlight: Jason Cimpl, Director of Trading

22 Jul 2015

“Our team is changing the way solar is financed, and the industry is small enough where the ripples we make are felt by everyone in the water.”

“Our team is changing the way solar is financed, and the industry is small enough where the ripples we make are felt by everyone in the water.”

Over the past seven years, Sol Systems has grown from two college friends with a bright idea to an industry leader in solar project finance with offices in San Francisco, D.C., and Philadelphia and nearly 50 full-time employees. We’ve brought some of the industry’s most talented professionals along for the ride, and we want you to get to know them. Meet Jason Cimpl, Sol Systems’ Director of Trading. Jason got his MBA at the University of Wisconsin and hasn’t looked back since.

What got you interested in the solar industry?

Before I came to Sol Systems, I was doing equity research here in D.C. I was naturally a good trader, and solar appealed to me because it’s a relatively new market with only a few players. Plus, I’m a big a believer in renewables.

Now that I’ve been in the industry for a few years, I really feel like I’m on the ground floor of something special. In solar, you can have a noticeable impact on a technology that’s not only beneficial to society, but one that’s going to scale tremendously.

What do you like most about working at Sol Systems?

Figuring out ways that solar renewable energy credits – or SRECs – can finance solar projects has been fun and challenging. It’s required building a team to better understand the SREC markets, and Sol Systems gives us the ability to take smart risks. SRECs are exciting because they’re more than just a tradable commodity – they are a true incentive. Successful traders make a capital gain on the trade and finance a solar project. Equities, debt, or other commodities don’t have the same social impact, which has made learning the SREC market so exciting.

Beyond that, Sol Systems gives you the freedom to take professional risks as a person, no matter what gender or age you are. Regardless of what level of experience you have, Sol Systems says, “Hey, we’re going to treat you as equal if you have a good idea. We’re going to allow you to grow and we’re going to take your idea seriously.” You can’t really find that type of culture anywhere else. Our team is changing the way solar is financed, and the industry is small enough where the ripples we make are felt by everyone in the water.

What’s one thing about the solar industry you’d like to see change?

When I think of all of the incentive packages that exist for conventional fuel sources, I don’t see why solar shouldn’t be given similar support. Solar is a proven technology that has widely accepted economic and social benefits. As proof, many big businesses advocate for the use of and investment in solar.

What do you like to do when you’re not trading SRECs?

Anything that’s outdoors, really. Sol Systems is a pretty athletic office, so there’s always something active to do with the team. I think my ideal outdoor activity would be biking 40 miles in one direction and then taking an Uber home.

Sol Systems is currently seeking an asset manager and fall interns. To learn more about solar energy careers with Sol Systems, please visit our careers page.


Sol Systems is a solar energy finance and investment firm. The company has facilitated financing for 262MW of distributed generation solar projects on behalf of Fortune 100 corporations, insurance companies, utilities, banks, family offices, and individuals. 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.solsystems.com.

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Jeffrey Popkin

Jeffrey Popkin