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Investment platform Lafayette Square named John Moran and Christopher King as managing directors and co-heads of its community solar business. The two will lead a new renewable investments division focused on developing and acquiring community solar projects. Before joining Lafayette, Moran and King worked in the Renewables Power Group at Goldman Sachs, where they led the group’s community solar investment capabilities. Before Goldman Sachs, Moran was a project manager at Spower, and earlier held roles at Suntech and EDF Renewables. He holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame. Before his tenure at Goldman Sachs, King focused on corporate finance and project M&A at Cypress Creek Renewable and earlier was a strategy consultant with Deloitte in London. He holds a B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Nexamp named Chris Clark as chief development officer. Clark has been with Nexamp for more than a dozen years, most recently serving as senior VP of business development. In his new role, Clark will be responsible for Nexamp’s expansion into the utility-scale segment, the build-out of its energy storage business unit, and its portfolio of clean energy offerings to end-use customers. Prior to joining Nexamp, Clark held leadership roles with private and public entities in the clean energy space.

Adrienne Farrar Houël

The Connecticut Green Bank said that Adrienne Farrar Houël was named to its board of directors. She is the founder, president, and CEO of the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, a nonprofit community development corporation. Farrar Houël has designed, funded, and operated workforce development training programs and created three nonprofit, sustainability enterprises under its umbrella.

Ernst & Young said that Kiran Bhatraju, CEO and founder of Arcadia, was named an Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Mid-Atlantic Award finalist. Bhatraju founded Arcadia in 2014 to give energy customers a simple, easy, and affordable way to choose renewable energy. Arcadia manages 6 terawatt-hours of residential energy demand and is one of the largest managers of residential community solar subscribers in the U.S.

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Hyzon Motors named Parker Meeks as chief strategy officer to help drive the company’s global growth in hydrogen mobility. Meeks previously was the managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s Houston office and a founding member of McKinsey’s Capital Productivity practice. He has more than 15 years of experience supporting businesses in the energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors, including development of emerging energy technologies and supply networks. More recently, he was president of the infrastructure sector for TRC, a provider of engineering, consulting, and construction management services.

Francine Sullivan

EV charging company EVgo added four people to its leadership team: Francine Sullivan as chief legal officer and general counsel, Christopher O’Toole as VP of strategy, analytics and network planning, Ted Brooks as VP of investor relations, and Karren Fink as senior VP of human resources. Sullivan has spent the past 16 years in the clean energy sector, focusing on major transactions, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. An Australian native, she received her Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Finance) from the University of Melbourne and is admitted to the Bar in both California and New York. O’Toole joins EVgo from Comcast, where he was responsible for strategic network deployment for Comcast Business. He spent nearly a decade in business, finance, and corporate leadership roles at Level 3 Communications. He received a B.A. from Yale University and earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Brooks joins EVgo from CenterSquare Investment Management, where he was the sole portfolio manager and head of the global listed infrastructure group. Previously, he served as a director in the equity research groups at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for covering U.S. utilities. He received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and earned his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Fink has more than 20 years of experience as a human resources leader, most recently serving as managing director, global head of human resources at Colony Capital, a real estate investment firm. She has also held HR leadership roles at Westfield, LLC, Citigroup, and General Mills. She received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and earned her M.B.A. with a major in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University College of Business.

Laura Klein

Solar real estate investment fund SolaREIT announced two new hires and the expansion of its leadership team. Laura Klein will serve as the company’s CFO and COO and Jeff Gorman will serve as senior VP of business development. Klein has developed over 1 GW of utility scale solar energy projects and closed approximately $1 billion in financing for small to mid-sized projects over her more than 15 years in the industry. She founded Oriole Solar, a consultant to solar asset owners focused on origination, development and M&A in the southeast U.S., and a partner in KL Solar Development. She began her career in renewables at SunEdison in the project finance group, rising to managing director for project finance and later managing director for development for SunEdison’s distributed generation portfolio. Gorman brings more than two decades of experience in the energy and renewable energy industries. Prior to joining SolaREIT, he was a director on the business development team originating, acquiring, and financing commercial distributed generation and utility scale solar and solar + storage generation projects for AES. His first role in the solar industry was as a sales director at SunEdison.

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You will also develop strategies for establishing long-term partnerships with clients and for ensuring client satisfaction, develop working relationships with new industry partners such as e.g., testing labs or other advisory firms, participate in industry trade shows and seminars through participation and speaking engagements, oversee deal negotiations, contract development, due diligence, and other business development or alliance development projects, and coordinate with a dynamic team of quality assurance engineers, solar industry professionals, and commercial team members in North America, Asia, Europe and South America along with external partners to execute project engagements for clients in US.

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  • 5+ years of professional experience
  • Technical knowledge and at least one engineering degree is a plus
  • Knowledge of modules, inverters, racking and if possible other BOS components in the solar industry as well as battery storage
  • Project management experience in a consulting, market research or services-based business
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of other languages is a plus
  • Proficient with MS PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Knowledge of HubSpot, Salesforce or any other CRM software

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