Ralph Meima is VP of Project Development at Encore Renewable Energy. His career spans 10 years in solar energy development plus earlier work in international IT marketing, systems consulting and software development. He also devoted part of his career to […]
A year after the passage of the historic Inflation Reduction Act, the solar industry is growing faster than ever, and we plan to stay on the cutting edge. This September we’re sending eight of our team members to Las Vegas […]
Zoe joined the Encore team as Public Affairs Associate this May and supports the Policy and Communications team. She brings diverse experience in communications and research and a steadfast commitment to a decarbonized future. At Encore, she’ll run social media […]
Encore is participating in the Empowering Diverse Climate Talent (EDICT) internship for a third summer. We’re excited to welcome Savannah Doty, this year’s summer intern, who will be assisting the Business Development team. The EDICT Summer Internship Program is designed […]
Encore Renewable Energy, a leader in community and utility-scale renewable energy origination, development and construction, announced today that it has secured a significant equity investment from SUSI Partners, a global sustainable infrastructure investment firm based in Switzerland, through its flagship Energy Transition Fund (SETF). The investment will complete the company’s shift from project developer and EPC to independent power producer (IPP) by scaling the business and further strengthening its asset base.
Taegen Kopfler has been at Encore since June 2022, working as an Associate on the Project Development team. She helps the Development team prepare prime permit applications, coordinate communication with project constituents, and manage the workflow of the development process. Taegen is also active on Encore’s JDEI team, focused on building external partnerships with groups aligned in our climate justice goals.
The Encore team hit the road this winter to share our ongoing work co-locating solar with agriculture at RE+ NE and the Solar Farm Summit. It’s great to be back in person and our team looks forward to connecting at events this spring and summer.
Chad Farrell served as a lead facilitator in discussions with other mission-driven CEOs affiliated with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) with Vermont’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tempore Phillip Baruth. The discussions were part of VBSR’s 2023 Climate Action Day and were focused around new legislation intended to strengthen Vermont’s renewable energy standard (RES).
In February, the students from Burlington City & Lake (BCL) Semester program at Burlington High School had a residency at Hula Lakeside to meet with businesses focused on climate justice. Kelsey Applegate and Taegen Kopfler, alongside Abi Gruvman from 350.org, sat down with the students and their teachers to talk about their work and hear the student’s perspectives on climate justice.
Encore Renewable Energy, a leading full-service community-scale renewable energy development company, announced today that Blake Sturcke is now CEO, joining Encore’s Founder and CEO, Chad Farrell, to jointly lead the company’s expansion and accelerated deployment of solar and energy storage projects. Blake has been with Encore since 2015. In addition to having served in several leadership positions in the clean energy industry, Blake has a wealth of experience in corporate and project finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions gained over a 15-year career as an investment banking executive prior to joining the clean energy workforce.
Kelsey Applegate is a Project Manager who joined our team in May. As part of the Development team, Kelsey permits and coordinates solar and energy storage project surveys, manages interconnection processes with utilities and conducts fatal flaw assessments. She also represents Encore’s efforts with B Corps, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and serves on Encore and NYSEIA’s JDEI committees.
Contaminated properties like brownfields and landfills present an untapped opportunity for sustainable energy development on undervalued land near population centers. Transforming these often underutilized properties from brownfields to brightfields by deploying solar and energy storage comes with additional technical challenges and costs. This roundtable discussion will feature industry experts and a discussion of the unique challenges of clean energy development on contaminated lands including designing, engineering, constructing and financing, as well as, the new incentives offered in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Chad Farrell, Amber Lessard, and Lauren Glickman discussed how Encore is changing the narrative around solar and agriculture (energy PLUS food!) with agrivoltaics projects and strong community engagement as they address local concerns about solar in agricultural areas.
Encore Renewable Energy project and team featured on Patagonia Workwear Instagram account An old auto salvage yard in Morrisville, Vermont is now generating clean, carbon-free solar power, the above video is a director’s cut for Patagonia Workwear, produced by Jesse […]
Encore served as lead terrawatt sponsor for the annual Renewable Energy Vermont conference, REV2022 and participated in a a number of different panels and other speaking engagements. Encore Founder and CFO Chad Farrell served as conference co-chair and kicked off […]
Encore Founder and CEO Chad Farrell was invited to participate in a discussion among recognized energy leaders at the annual Board of Directors/Executive Committee for leading national environmental engineering firm VHB on October 26 in New York City. The overall […]
On October 6th, Kelsey Applegate and Taegen Kopfler represented Encore Renewable Energy as exhibitors at the Women Can Do annual conference organized by Vermont Works for Women. The Women Can Do conference is a career exploration event for high school girls and gender expansive youth, held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, VT. Encore had a table in the Indoor Action Expo, where they met with students and ran through a short solar design activity.
Encore Renewable Energy was selected to showcase our agrivoltaics work as part of the Poster Reception at the RE+ Conference in Anaheim. Lauren Glickman, VP of Marketing and Amber Lessard, Director of Construction & Asset Management collaborated on a poster that illustrates the many opportunities presented by dual-land use solar, including pollinator friendly ground cover and solar grazing.
Erthos, Inc., an energy technology company focused on breakthrough advances for utility-scale solar and creator of Earth Mount Solar™ PV, today announced 14 megawatts of projects under contract and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a single 107 MWdc project. These commitments span agreements with five of the top US and global utility-scale solar developers and signal the next phase in the march to deploy Earth Mount Solar PV technology at utility scale. The portfolio of projects highlights the numerous benefits Erthos offers developers – including lowest first cost, highest energy density, highest wind rating, and lowest visual disturbance.
Bucknell University and Encore Renewable Energy of Burlington, VT, hosted a public dedication of their 1.76 peak megawatt solar array today. The event celebrated the new array, which will supply up to 7% of the University’s electricity and will move Bucknell a step closer to achieving its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
Encore Founder and CEO Chad Farrell was invited to offer a presentation at the national RE+ 2022 conference in Anaheim regarding the exciting and rapidly evolving practice of agrivoltaics, the co-location of solar energy generation and crop production. Chad’s presentation […]
With the industry poised for accelerated growth, we’re excited to be sending a number of members of our team to RE+ in Anaheim later this month. We’re looking forward to celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, reconnecting in person to catch up on developing solar and energy storage on brownfields, agrivoltaics, and other emerging technologies.
Ryan McKeown is our Project Analyst Intern for summer 2022. He’s studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont. This is Ryan’s second internship with Encore Renewable Energy. He’s from Verona, New Jersey.
This is a pivotal moment for the clean energy transition and our efforts to combat the climate crisis. It is no exaggeration to say this is the most transformational investment America has ever made in our climate future. Now that the Inflation Reduction Act has passed the House of Representatives, a signature from President Biden will unlock billions of dollars of investment opportunity to accelerate the deployment of solar and storage technologies, along with other climate positive technologies.
Amber Lessard, Encore’s Director of Asset Management and Construction, spoke with NBC5 recently about the importance of organizations like Vermont Works for Women and her involvement in their Trailblazer program.
Summer Rucker is our Clean Energy Intern for Summer 2022 She’s from Amherst, Virginia and recently graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. She is also a 2022 CELI EDICT Intern.
Louisa Stevens is supporting our work as a Geospatial and Market Analyst Intern. She’s from Concord, MA and studying Environmental Studies and Biology at Middlebury College. She’s supporting Business Development and Marketing teams this summer. We are proud to support the workforce of the future with paid internship opportunities across our team providing real world experience in the clean energy economy.
Encore Founder and CEO Chad Farrell participated in a panel session at Burlington Electric Department for high school students attending the Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains. Participating in a Q&A style discussion with other climate-focused professionals from the fields of government, utility management, non-profit advocacy and finance, Chad provided background on his entrepreneurial journey and answered questions regarding the challenges and opportunities associated with deployment of the scale of clean energy resources required to address the climate crisis.
Encore Renewable Energy, a leading community scale solar and energy storage developer, has been named a 2022 Best for the World™ B Corp™ in recognition of its exceptional positive impact on its workers. Best for the World is a distinction granted to Certified B Corporations (B Corps) whose verified B Impact Scores in the five impact areas evaluated in the B Impact Assessment — community, customers, environment, governance, and workers — rank in the top 5% of all B Corps in their corresponding size group.
Chris is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer for Encore Renewable Energy, where he leads the Company’s project finance and corporate investment activities. Chris has over a decade of experience as a sustainable finance professional working to catalyze investment and innovation in the transition to a broadly prosperous, low-carbon economy. The common thread in his career has been the pursuit of solutions to critical global challenges – climate change mitigation, energy system decarbonization, urban regeneration, and ecological sustainability.