Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chad is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy. He is a developer, project manager and environmental engineer with over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of environmental engineering, professional project management and renewable energy project development. He maintains expertise in the development of alternative energy and the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1992 and earned a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1998. Chad is a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont’s renewable energy trade organization and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Natural Resources Council, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. Mr. Farrell is also a member of the Vermont Climate Economy Action Team.
Chief Development Officer
Derek is the Chief Development Officer for Encore Renewable Energy and has more than a decade of renewable energy development experience. Prior to joining Encore in 2012 to lead the Company’s development activities, Derek was responsible for the end-to-end development and construction of over 400MW worth of large scale wind energy projects in the West while with NaturEner; a global renewable energy development firm. Derek began his clean energy development career with Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, the leading wind energy provider in Central America. Derek received his MBA from the Jenkins School of Management at North Carolina State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Appalachian State University.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Blake serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Encore Renewable Energy, where he spearheads all of the Company’s project and corporate finance activities. In addition, Blake leads the Company’s corporate development and M&A activities and oversees a number of general management functions. Prior to joining Encore, Blake co-founded Turning Earth, a leading clean energy company within the organics recycling and waste-to-energy sector. Earlier in his career, Blake worked for 15 years for leading global investment banks as a capital markets and corporate finance banker to high-growth companies in the U.S., Asia and Latin America. Blake began his career at Morgan Stanley where he held a succession of positions, including leadership roles in the firm’s Investment Banking Division in New York, Hong Kong and India.
Blake is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, a community-based charter middle school governed by the New York State of Education Department which was founded to provide interdisciplinary education to adolescents of all abilities and backgrounds, with a focus on environmental sustainability. In addition, Blake is a member of the Advisory Board of 118 Capital, a New York-based impact investing organization catalyzing economic, social and environmental impact in the Americas. Blake received his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he graduated as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and earned his BA in Economics from Bucknell University. He later co-founded the Bucknell Finance Network. Blake regularly guest lectures on topics including clean energy, financing green technologies, and corporate development, at academic institutions including Bucknell, Columbia, Yale, UVM and Villanova.
Phillip serves as Encore’s General Counsel. He joined the Company as Corporate Counsel in January of 2014 after completing a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree at Vermont Law School, where he had previously earned his JD. While at Vermont Law, and shortly thereafter, Phillip gained experience dealing with environmental and business issues while working for an environmental law firm in New Zealand, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development in Montpelier, VT, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in Washington, D.C. This experience and education has provided Phillip with a strong understanding of legal analysis, environmental law and policy, and how the public and private sectors interact in regards to project development and implementation. Phillip also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from North Carolina State University.
Director of Project Development and Construction
Chad Nichols is Encore Renewable Energy’s Director of Project Development and Construction. Chad has a decade of sustainable operations management and commercial construction experience in Vermont and across the Midwest. He is an experienced manager of complex renewable energy development projects including site and asset management, risk reduction, and schedule acceleration. Prior to joining Encore, Chad was the Sustainability and Asset Manager for Vermont Energy Investment Corp. where he managed all physical assets, carbon impact measurement as well as a solar subsidiary, Sun Shares. Before relocating to Vermont in 2008, Chad was a project and site manager for large commercial construction projects in Minneapolis, Chicago and across Ohio. Chad serves on the CarShare Vermont Board of Directors and is a Climate Leader with The Climate Reality Project, a LEED AP, and a FAA Certified sUAS Drone Pilot. Chad has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.
Director of Business Development
Jesse is the Director of Business Development for Encore Renewable Energy. Jesse has worked in the renewable energy industry for 17 years, most recently as a Regional Sales Manager for SunEdison where he focused on origination and early development of solar projects throughout various markets in the Northeastern US. Prior to that role, Jesse helped grow AWS Truepower’s consulting services business, working predominantly with wind and solar developers as clients. Before joining AWS Truepower, Jesse was responsible for the development of on-site and community-scale wind energy projects at Johnson Controls. There he developed projects at federal sites financed by energy savings performance contracts. Jesse began his career at Northern Power Systems as a mechanical engineer and product manager, where he helped lead the commercialization of a medium-scale wind turbine for distributed applications. Jesse has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont.