New Hire Marks +30% Expansion for the D.C. – Based Solar Energy Finance and Investment Firm
Sol Systems announced that Michael Woods has joined the organization as General Counsel. In this role, Mr. Woods will lead Sol Systems’ legal efforts to achieve even greater efficiency in structuring complex financial transactions for commercial solar energy projects. Stephanie Smith who served as the firm’s General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer until now will focus completely on operations and strategic expansion as Sol Systems’ COO.
“Michael’s expertise is integral to the continued growth of our managed funds that we invest in the solar asset class,” said Yuri Horwitz, CEO of Sol Systems. “He 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. During this time, 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.
About Sol Systems
Sol Systems is a solar energy finance and investment firm. The company has facilitated financing for 171MW 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