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.
Team Member Highlight: Meet Kelsey Applegate
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.
Webinar: Brownfields to Brightfields and the Inflation Reduction Act
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.
Webinar Replay: ASGA Call #61: Planning for an Agrivoltaics Future with Encore Renewable Energy
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.
A second act powered by the sun
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 Renewable Energy has a strong presence at REV2022 Conference
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 Invited to Participate in Renewable Energy Panel of Experts
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 […]
Encore supports Women Can Do! Expo with interactive solar design activity
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.
Featured poster talk at RE+ on Encore’s agrivoltaics work
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 signs 14 MW project portfolio and MOU for major deployment
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 celebrates 1.76 MW solar array
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 talks Agrivoltaics at RE+ in Anaheim
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 […]
Connect with Encore at RE+ in Anahiem
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.
Meet our Summer Interns: Ryan McKeown
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.
Statement from Blake Sturcke, President of Encore Renewable Energy, on the Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act
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 talks about the importance of mentorship and representation on NBC5
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.
Meet Our Summer Interns: Summer Rucker
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.
Meet Our Summer Interns: Louisa Stevens
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 CEO speaks on climate-focused careers to high school students attending Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains
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 recognized as a 2022 Best For The World™ for exceptional impact on its workers
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.
Team Member Highlight: Meet Chris Clement
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.
Encore participates in the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference
Encore CEO, Chad Farrell recently spoke on a panel at the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference. The conference was convened and hosted by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security, and the objective of the conference was to provide a forum for Vermonters seeking to engage with each other, their communities, and the state at large through meaningful and interdisciplinary discussions and problem-solving as it relates to the future resilience of the State.
New solar array transforms Hardwick gravel pit into pollinator-friendly renewable energy resource
Hardwick Electric Department and Encore Renewable Energy celebrated a new 1.65 MWac solar array located at a former Hardwick gravel pit with a ribbon cutting with Representative Chip Troiano, Senator Jane Kitchel, and Chair of the Hardwick Electric Department Board of Commissioners Lynne Gedanken.
Encore VP of Development, Jake Clark speaks with Vermont Senate Committee on Agriculture on solar agricultural opportunity
Last month, Jake Clark, Encore’s VP of Development, testified before the Vermont Senate Committee on Agriculture as a part of an effort to advance a statutory change to categorize solar as an allowed use in agricultural wetland areas, sometimes referred […]
Encore Renewable Energy secures $20 million senior loan to advance innovative clean energy solutions
Encore Renewable Energy, a leading innovator in community-scale clean energy, announced today it has closed on a $20 million senior loan provided by Lacuna Sustainable Investments and Javelin Capital. Lacuna and Javelin are both solution-based providers of strategic capital to renewable energy clients and add substantial expertise in support of Encore’s long-term objectives.
Team Member Highlight: Bill Barnes
Bill recently joined the Encore team as Director of Clean Energy Solutions. He’s spent the last two years developing the U.S. market for high-capacity, long-duration energy storage projects. He has over 30 years experience in the energy industry and has […]
Encore CEO Chad Farrell speaks at EUCI event focused on agrivoltaics
Encore CEO Chad Farrell participated in a panel session at the first ever EUCI professional development event focused on agrivoltaics, or the collocation of energy generation resources and agricultural land uses. Chad provided case studies focused on the benefits of […]
Encore Renewable Energy expands project development team to support accelerated solar and storage development pipeline
Encore Renewable Energy, a leading full-service community-scale renewable energy development company, announced new leadership of their project development team. Ralph Meima joins the company as VP of Project Development, joining Jake Clark who is now VP of Project Development. Together, they will support the development of over 80 MW of solar and energy storage assets over the next year as Encore expands its geographic reach outside of the Northeast.
Looking to put solar on your Connecticut brownfield?
Encore Renewable Energy is excited to provide Connecticut brownfield owners and municipalities a new opportunity to participate in the clean energy future. By leasing land for new solar farms, landowners can collect guaranteed rent for the next 25+ years, while also helping to address climate change by enabling cleaner energy deployment.
Town of Derry, New Hampshire moves forward with new solar array on town landfill
The Derry, New Hampshire Town Council has finalized the contracts for a new 2.2 MW solar array to be developed by Encore Renewable Energy that will be one of the largest solar arrays in the state. Encore will finance, design, construct, install, operate, and maintain the 2.2 MW ground mounted solar project, designated Derry Solar LLC, located on a closed and capped municipal solid waste landfill owned by the Town of Derry.