People on the Move: Inovis Energy, Schneider Electric, Heliogen, and more

June 29 13:12 2021

Job moves in solar, storage, cleantech, utilities, and energy transition finance.

Inovis Energy named Joe Van Oflen as business development manager. He will develop new opportunities in the EV charging, energy efficiency, and renewable energy markets and serve as a company representative to regional utility power providers. His past experience includes operations, sales, and project management for several high-growth technology startups.

Palmetto said it is launching the Palmetto Startup Lab and promoting Jason Hamilton to chief startup officer to lead the venture. Jason was formerly GM of the company’s aftermarket division, and his team is credited with launching Palmetto Protect, a system-agnostic solar monitoring program.

Francis Energy, a developer of direct current fast charger, named Alisa Perkins as its CFO. Perkins has 20 years of experience as a senior financial executive in the energy industry with finance and accounting experience. Perkins most recently served as the CFO of American Cementing. Prior to that, she spent 18 years at SemGroup Corp., an energy infrastructure company.

Schneider Electric named three executives to its North America leadership team: Abha Dogra as chief information officer; Abby Gabriel as chief marketing officer; and Virginia “Ginny” Johnson as general counsel. Dogra joined Schneider Electric two years ago as chief product officer for digital products. She earlier was division VP of global production development at PTC, CTO and VP of engineering at Akamai Technologies, CTO of global technology and enterprise architecture at Iron Mountain, and head of architecture and technology at ADP. Gabriel has been with the company for over 10 years, most recently in the role of VP, strategic marketing, digital energy and secure power. She formerly was with APC by Schneider Electric. Johnson recently joined Schneider with responsibility for leading a legal department of 45 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America, and providing legal oversight across all areas of the business. She most recently was SVP and associate general counsel at Global Atlantic Financial Group.

EY said that Doug Robinson, CEO of LGCY Power is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of The Year 2021 Award in the Utah Region. A native of Logan, Utah, Robinson leads LGCY Power, one of the largest privately held solar companies in the United States.

Renewable energy technology company Heliogen named seven people to its leadership team. Tom Doyle, co-head of the development group, has more than 25 years of senior-level experience growing and managing P&L and has an understanding of concentrated solar power, photovoltaics, and other renewable energy technologies. Andy Lambert, SVP of production and supply chain, brings engineering leadership and product manufacturing experience to Heliogen, where he will lead development of the company’s production system and supply chain operations. Christie Obiaya, CFO, has experience in large-scale, complex energy projects. Most recently, she served as CFO and head of strategy for the energy business unit at Bechtel. Rashaun Williams, co-head of the development group, has a background as an investment banker and venture capitalist. He is currently a general partner in the MVP All-Star Fund. Thomas Patrick, chief of staff, will serve as strategic advisor and counsel to the CEO and collaborate with the leadership team on business strategies. He built his leadership career at multiple global financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, where he served as CEO of the USA Corp. and the Americas region and co-head of the Corporate & Investment Bank in the Americas. Debbie Chen, general counsel, served as general counsel at Idealab, and was with the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP. Tanya Peterson, VP of human resources, previously served as head of human resources at global equity firm Los Angeles Capital Management.

The Solar Energy Industries Association is adding Origis EnergyEDP Renewables, and Carbon Solutions Group to its board as the organization expands to include energy storage and advocates for federal policies that strengthen clean energy infrastructure and create jobs. Origis Energy provides solar and energy storage to utility, commercial and industrial, and public sector clients.  EDP Renewables North America LLC and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate solar energy, onshore and offshore wind energy, and battery storage projects throughout North America. Carbon Solutions Group owns and operates distributed generation solar and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Sponsored: Senior Director of Solar Development, Arlington, Virginia

The Senior Director of Solar and Storage Development will provide project and portfolio level support ensuring energy storage and solar development assets obtain the necessary approvals by leading project/portfolio level entitlement and permitting efforts in defined markets, and coordinating and making recommendations to engineering to overcome environmental, permit or interconnection constraints.

You will also negotiate and execute key project contracts including site lease and easement agreements, interconnection agreements, PILOT agreements, etc., monitor and evaluate clean energy trends and policies in order to communicate recommendations on strategic development to leadership, evaluate technical and economic feasibility of proposed projects at various stages of development, including self-developed and project acquisition portfolios and make recommendations to leadership regarding project viability from RFP responses to late stage development.

Additionally you will establish and foster key relationships with local permitting authorities, utilities, community members and other, third-party solar developers, manage third-party contracts with technical, environmental, and interconnection consultants in support of project development efforts, work with engineering resources to create proposed site layouts and designs, participate with engineering in scope development, project specifications, and component selection to ensure best-in-class solar system design packages and manage team of 2-5 project developers, providing risk identification and mitigation guidance and oversight.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in environmental sciences, engineering or equivalent degree
  • 7-10 years of experience permitting energy storage and utility scale, ground-mounted solar arrays
  • Strong project management skills to manage multiple projects at one time, meet short deadlines
  • Experience consulting various GIS databases to identify site restrictions, terrain, flood plains, easements, etc.
  • Experience evaluating and mitigating real estate risks, such as securing lease agreements, obtaining required easements, clearing title policy restrictions (SNDAs, etc.)
  • Familiarity with energy storage and solar technologies and related electrical equipment including vendors, products, technical specifications, utility and commercial standards, and applicable codes
  • Ability to travel 25-30 percent of the time.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S.


About Schneider Electric

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