Community Energy grows with six new senior hires and exceeds two gigawatts of solar projects developed
Company expands to capitalize on growing demand for solar and storage projects in the United States
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, July 08, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Community Energy today announced the hiring of six new senior team members to accelerate the growth of its solar development and storage business: Chris Caswell, Director, Structured Finance; Walter Crenshaw, lead developer; Kevin Delaney, Senior Counsel; Ola Olaniyi, Creative Director; Michael Warwick, Counsel; and Michael Wolset, vice president of people and culture. The news immediately follows Community Energy’s announcement last month that Judy McElroy, national leader in energy storage and CEO of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants, has joined its board of directors.
Community Energy recently marked the milestone of two gigawatt (AC) solar projects developed and funded since entering the solar development industry in 2010. While leading the development of large-scale solar power in the United States to the in eastern California, Community Energy completed its first gigawatt of evolution in a decade. The company added a second gigawatt in less than two years. In line with this rapid growth and its track record of success, Community Energy is building its team to capitalize on the growing demand for solar power and battery storage projects nationwide.
Chris Caswell joined Community Energy as Director of Structured Finance and leads the financial analysis of solar energy development and energy storage projects, supporting the structuring of business transactions, project finance, and energy storage transactions. mergers and acquisitions with third party investors. Prior to joining Community Energy, Chris was Director of Finance and Capital Markets at Invenergy and managed project finance for several of Invenergy’s thermal and wind assets in construction and operations. Prior to Invenergy, Chris worked in asset management and business development at NRG Energy, and began his career as an energy analyst at Tangent Energy.
Walter Crenshaw joined Community Energy as Director of Development responsible for developing new solar and storage project opportunities in Virginia and the Southeast. Walter has been in the energy industry for over 15 years and most recently managed the business affairs for the Dominion Cove Point LNG pipeline, liquefaction and export facility. Previously, he was Director of Dominion Energy, Inc.’s Unregulated Generation Business Development Group, responsible for the creation and shutdown of 1 GW of new unregulated solar additions to Dominion’s fleet.
Kevin Delaney has joined the Community Energy legal team as senior legal counsel responsible for project development, asset disposition, finance and general corporate matters. Prior to Community Energy, Kevin worked for 12 years in the Corporate & Business Transactions group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, representing developers, equity investors and energy companies on all aspects of real estate matters related to power generation projects. renewable and conventional energy.
Ola Olaniyi, Director of Origination at Community Energy, leads M&A and project finance transactions for large-scale solar and distributed generation. Prior to Community Energy, Ola was Managing Director of Asset Acquisition at Safari Energy to oversee the strategic development of the company. Ola has two decades of professional experience in financial services, including leading solar acquisition and investment teams at SunEdison, as well as previous investment banking and private equity experience at JP Morgan. , UBS and Temasek Holdings.
Michael Warwick joined Community Energy as legal counsel and supports a wide variety of corporate legal needs including corporate issues, project development and project disposition, with a particular focus on real estate matters. . Prior to joining Community Energy, Michael practiced law at Troutman Pepper, where his practice focused on real estate and corporate affairs, with a particular focus on energy projects. During his career, Michael has been involved in the development, sale, purchase or financing of over 2 GW of renewable energy projects.
Michael Wolset joined Community Energy as Vice President of People and Culture and is responsible for leading a remarkable candidate and employee lifecycle experience including talent acquisition, total rewards, performance management, talent development, diversity and inclusion. Prior to joining Community Energy, Michael led the Talent function at Billtrust growing from 130 to 600 employees, while moving from a private company to a public company through the PSPC process.
“We are delighted to have Judy, Chris, Walter, Kevin, Ola, Michael and Mike join our family,” said Brent Beerley, President and CEO of Community Energy. “Our people come first and this recent wave of recruiting shows that we are committed to creating a top-notch team culture and laser focused on accelerating the transition to a carbon-free network. “
About community energy
Community Energy has been a pioneer in renewable energy production for 22 years, developing and financing 2.7 GW of renewable energy projects across the United States, including 2 GW of solar, and carrying out the first solar and wind projects. on a large scale in 12 states. Community Energy is a pure developer with a team of over 55 people that anticipates, creates and develops competitive advantageous solar and storage projects across the country. Community Energy has a large and diverse portfolio of projects in support of its mission to accelerate the transition to a 24/7 carbon-free grid. Community Energy has offices near Philadelphia, PA and in Boulder, CO. For more information, please visit www.communityenergyinc.com.
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