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 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.
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 […]
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 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 CEO Chad Farrell provided a guest lecture including an overview of both Encore and the solar industry and a discussion of future trends in the clean energy economy for the recently created Renewable Energy Track of the University of Vermont Sustainable Innovation MBA program (SIMBA).
Lauren recently joined Encore as our VP of Marketing. She has over a decade of experience in clean energy and climate change advocacy, and a successful track record for implementing winning social media and online strategies. She was awarded a Platinum Cleanie Award in 2019 as a Rising Star for the clean energy industry, as well as a spot on the #Solar100, a ranking of the most influential leaders in the solar industry.
Caity Hines, Project Manager – Development, recently visited Bucknell University to provide a guest lecture to a class of electrical engineering students about the university’s new solar array. During their visit, Caity gave the students a firsthand look at our work to develop, finance and construct a 1.76 MWp solar array located on the University’s campus in Lewisburg, PA.
Encore is proud to announce that we have achieved bronze level in SEIA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice certification program. SEIA’s DEIJ Certification program features over 30 modules of content and tangible actions for our company to As part of our on-going commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice at our company, we’re looking forward to continuing to work through the next modules in the certification process.
Encore Renewable Energy President, Blake Sturcke, was recently featured on the Entrepreneurs for Impact podcast (formerly My Climate Torch) hosted by Chris Wedding. It’s an important conversation not just about the critical work our team is doing but also offers an insightful and inspiring way to think about, incorporate and take care of our mental health every day.
Chad Farrell was invited by Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor, Molly Gray, to participate in her regular Seat at the Table panel discussion. The Seat at the Table series is a regular discussion in which the Office of the Lieutenant Governor invites community, business, and non-profit leaders, as well as legislators and administration officials to the State House (virtually) to discuss topical issues facing the state and its communities.
We are thankful for the amazing groups and organizations tackling many of the challenges we are currently facing.
A third of charitable gifts are made in December and 12% of donations are made in the last three days of the year.
We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few of the amazing non profits that we’ve supported this year as you consider your own year end giving this holiday season.
Last December, we highlighted Amber as one of our newest team members and over the last 12 months, she has continued to drive innovative and exciting initiatives for the company with several noteworthy accomplishments.
Recently she received her Vermont state electrical journey worker S-type license after completing four years of night classes and a successful apprenticeship program. This summer she achieved her NABCEP PV Installation Certification.
Owen is Encore’s newest team member. He joins the business development team as a Geospatial and Market Analysis intern for the fall. He is currently a senior at the University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Community Entrepreneurship
Join us and our partners at VHB at ACEC of Vermont’s 6th Annual Environmental Protection Technical Workshop. Encore’s Kate Desrochers will join VHB’s Tim Upton and Lydia Lee to discuss the transformation of former junkyard fields that once contained solid waste, salvaged materials, tires, drums, tanks, and contaminated soil into a 2.1-megawatt (MW) community solar array known as Salvage Yard Solar.
Land-lease brownfield development has been part of Encore’s bread and butter since its founding in 2007. Our CEO Chad Farrell recently connected with Andrew Burnes at New Project Media to discuss his background in assessing and organizing cleanups of hazardous waste sites in the Northeast before launching Encore Renewable Energy and our ongoing efforts to turn brownfields to brightfields.
Encore team members Chad Farrell, Blake Sturcke and Caity Hines traveled to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for a groundbreaking ceremony on October 28, 2021 to celebrate the initiation of construction for a 1.6MW on-campus solar array that will serve as the initial piece of Bucknell’s long term decarbonization plan.
Phillip was recently a panelist at the VLS Energy and Law Symposium where a trio of energy professionals addressed the impact of the Biden-Harris Administration’s plans for green infrastructure investment and clean energy policy leadership. Panelists also discussed federal vs local […]
Cameron is Encore’s newest team member. He joins Encore’s growing Business Development team this month full-time as a Business Development Associate.
Vermont Works for Women’s Trailblazers is a training program to support the entry and success of women and gender non-conforming individuals in careers in construction and the trades. Participants in the program have the opportunity to obtain or increase skills and certifications for jobs that are in high demand.
Lilly Kuhn is Encore’s Solar and Energy Storage Analysis Intern. She is supporting our work by constructing models of potential solar and energy storage systems, using GIS to evaluate project viability, and researching new markets.
Rob Greer joined the Encore team in May 2021 as the Director of Clean Energy Solutions. Prior to joining Encore, Rob worked as a residential solar sales leader in both the Massachusetts and Arizona markets.
Encore’s CEO Chad Farrell participated in a June 9, 2021 exclusive focus group session to assist the solar industry’s strategic, long-term planning in imagining what is possible for the future of solar in America as we navigate a new political environment and post-pandemic economy.
If the weather where you are is anything like the weather that we have been experiencing here in Vermont, summer is definitely heating up. Last week we had record high temperatures for the region, and Burlington was the hottest city […]
Ryan McKeown has been at Encore since last fall as the company’s Geospatial and Market Analysis intern. He is currently in his junior year at the University of Vermont pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. […]
Encore’s Chad Farrell was invited to be a panelist for a session at then 2021 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s annual conference. The discussion centered around how VBSR businesses can bring their companies to the next level of environmental and social regeneration and covered the significant advancements in clean energy technology and the control systems tying everything together.
We are also now officially at the close of the Biden Administration’s first 100 days in office. In his first 100 days, President Biden has taken a bold proactive approach to address the climate crisis
Habib joined Encore in early 2021, as a Financial Analyst in the Business Development area. In this position, he will lead the company’s financial modeling with respect to project finance and business development activities. Prior to Encore, Habib worked in […]
Encore’s Chad Farrell was invited to serve as a panelist for a webinar on April 14, 2021 entitled “Your Vermont Climate Council: Economic Impacts, Stories, & Solutions.”
Vermont Works for Women helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. On April 5-9th we participated in the Woman Can Do Virtual Expo to highlight the opportunity for […]