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Chaberton Energy develops sustainable infrastructure and renewable projects, with a primary focus on distributed energy generation and community solar projects. 

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REASON ABAJUO
Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs

• 6+ years of energy sector legal experience

• Leads all legal business matters at Chaberton Energy

• Advised on over 100 MW of projects across various countries in sub-Saharan Africa

• Supported development and acquisition transactions resulting in successful implementation of over 30 MW of solar projects at Safari Energy

• LL.M. from Harvard Law School; LL.B. from Abia State University (Nigeria); admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Nigeria

GUSTAV ANDERSSON
Associate, Corporate

•  3+ years of investing experience

•  Leads financial due diligence and analysis of new organic investments

•  MS in Finance from Fordham University

MICHAEL BIGGINS
Director, Development

• 10+ years of energy sector experience, specializing in commercial contracts and title

• Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previous experience at East Resources, Shell, and Apex Energy

• Played key roles in various large-value A&D and JV projects

• M.S. from Geneva College; B.A. from Thiel College

LUCAS BROWN
Manager, Development

• 9+ years solar industry experience

• Supported the development and/or acquisition of successfully deployed solar energy projects totaling 150+ MW across residential, C&I and community solar categories

• Previous roles at Direct Energy Solar, Standard Solar and Gordian Energy Systems

• M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. and B.Mus. from Lawrence University

RYAN BOSWELL
Director, Development

• 10+ years of experience in renewable energy and energy performance

• Leads development activities in Maryland and Delaware at Chaberton

• Previous leadership experience within the Clinton Climate Initiative

• B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas

• Candidate 2022 — Master of Energy Regulation and Law — Vermont Law School

 

NATALIE CASTRO
Manager, Development

• 9 years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry 

• Leads development activities in Maryland at Chaberton Energy

• B.S in Business Analytics and MBA from University of Connecticut School of Business 

 

VASAVI DEVINENI
Engineer, Development

• 5 years of experience in electrical engineering and procurement

• Leads project development activities in New Mexico

• M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.

 

MICHAEL DONIGER
Chief Operations Officer

• 20 years of experience in engineering, development, and operations

• Leads technical and operational aspects of the business at Chaberton Energy

• Start-up to first-of-its-kind renewable solid fuel MLP, which grew to $1B+

• Led largest Amazon non-sort fulfillment center

• Previously nuclear submarine chief engineer for U.S. Navy

• MBA from Georgetown University; B.S. in Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy

SENAKE GAJAMERA
Chief Financial Officer

• 18 years of energy sector finance experience

• Leads partnership development and finance at Chaberton Energy

• Previously head of Investment Advisory for ENGIE (Latin America)

• Played an instrumental role in growing wind & solar footprint to 1.7 GW at Engie

• Closed transactions in the energy industry worth over $20 billion

• B.A. from Middlebury College; M.A. from Johns Hopkins University

 

JOHN GNESDA
Director, Development & Engineering

• 10+ years of electrical engineering design and leadership experience

• Lead engineer within Chaberton Energy

• Previously head of renewable energy practice and transportation practice within ARM Group and subsidiaries

• Professional Engineer in PA, MD, NY, NJ (and expanding)

• B.S. from University of Pittsburgh; M. Eng. from Iowa State University

ANGELICA JOHNSON
Manager, Business Operations

• 6+ years of experience in business and project management

• Leads daily business operations, company culture initiatives, and social media presence

• Serves as primary human resources point of contact

• Supports solar development activities, community outreach, and marketing endeavors

• MBA from the University of Tennessee: Knoxville; B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Virginia

ADAM KIGER
Photovoltaic Designer

• 6+ years electrical engineering and design experience within energy and automation

• Supports PV design and engineering at Chaberton

• B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics from WVU Tech

MICHAEL MCGEHEE
Manager, Development

• 20+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and nuclear power

• Leads land origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previously nuclear submarine officer for U.S. Navy, still serving as Navy Reservist

• Played key role in development of advanced tactical Submarine Officer Training curriculum

• MBA from the University of Connecticut; B.A. in Geology from University of California at Berkeley

JOHN MILLER
Director, Development

• 10+ years of experience in the solar energy industry, including residential, commercial, industrial, remote net metering, and community solar projects

• Leads origination activities with a focus on Power Purchase Agreement negotiation & execution

• Has led all facets of project development which directly resulted in the successful implementation of over 40MW of completed solar projects

• Previous leadership positions at ReneSola Power Holdings & Clean Energy Collective

• B.A in Political Science from The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Law, Politics, & Philosophy

INAYA MOLINA
Associate Manager, Community Engagement

• 3+ years of experience in engineering and project management using agile fundamentals

• Leads community outreach and supports solar development, marketing endeavors, and business development

• Experienced in data, AI, and sustainability policy review, risk management, and development 

• B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College in Arkansas

ALICIA NERAD
Manager, Development

• 8+ years solar industry experience

• 15+ years of legal experience in ROW/utility/infrastructure

• Managed 15,000 acres of land acquisitions in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland for over 1GW of solar farm projects containing multiple properties by identifying, initiating, planning, negotiating and executing land lease/purchase contracts, and tracking activities required to meet the project deliverables including zoning, building, encroachment, DOT, FAA and environmental permits as needed for construction sites.  

• Graduated CPCC with a 4.0, President of the Honor Society, an International Candidate of the Honor Society before continuing to Belmont Abby College.

KATE POTAPOVA
Manager, Development

• 2+ years of experience in engineering and project management

• Leads development activities in Virginia at Chaberton Energy

• Assisted in managing over $100M LEED Silver construction job in DC

• B.S. from Alcorn State University; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America

STEFANO RATTI
Chief Executive Officer

• 20 years of experience in the energy industry

• Leads greenfield development activities and the overall Chaberton Energy business

• Developed over ~$1 billion in renewable fuel and solar energy assets

• Previously hired and led greenfield development teams

• Held management positions at Enviva, Areva, and Boston Consulting Group

• B.S. and M.S. in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano

KEITH WALKER
Manager, Development

• 20 years of experience in software, systems and test engineering

• Leads project-based and land origination activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previous experience at Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Air Force, DHHS, FDA

• Played key role in several business process improvement projects, including aircraft testing and development, and optimization of government archives

• B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California; M.S. from University of Maryland

 

PHILIP (CHUCK) WATKINS
Director, Development

• 10+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and energy efficiency

• Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy

• Led many award-winning community solar projects and has special expertise in developing community solar for low-income customers, multi-family housing, government, and education institutions

• Previously developer at LCAST and Executive Director at Grid Alternatives

• B.S. from Auburn University

ALBERTY YEH
Assistant, Development

• 4+ years experience in the legal services industry

• Supports project origination and development activities through the Land Origination Team at Chaberton Energy

• B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution & Asia as a Regional Theme

KEITH YUHAS
Director, Accounting

• 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector

• Leads all accounting activities at Chaberton Energy

• Previously Vice President of Accounting and Finance at Standard Solar

• Assisted in developing over $500M of operational solar assets at Standard Solar

• B.S. in accounting from Clemson University

Reason Abajuo

Director, Legal & Corporate Affairs
  • 6+ years of energy sector legal experience
  • Leads all legal business matters at Chaberton Energy
  • Advised on over 100 MW of projects across various countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Supported development and acquisition transactions resulting in successful implementation of over 30 MW of solar projects at Safari Energy
  • LL.M. from Harvard Law School; LL.B. from Abia State University (Nigeria); admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in Nigeria

Gustav Andersson

Associate, Corporate
  •  3+ years of investing experience
  • Leads financial due diligence and analysis of new organic investments
  • MS in Finance from Fordham University

Mike Biggins

Manager, Development
  • 10+ years of energy sector experience, specializing in commercial contracts and title
  • Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previous experience at East Resources, Shell, and Apex Energy
  • Played key roles in various large-value A&D and JV projects
  • M.S. from Geneva College; B.A. from Thiel College

Lucas Brown

Manager, Development
  • 9+ years solar industry experience
  • Supported the development and/or acquisition of successfully deployed solar energy projects totaling 150+ MW across residential, C&I and community solar categories
  • Previous roles at Direct Energy Solar, Standard Solar and Gordian Energy Systems
  • M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, B.A. and B.Mus. from Lawrence University

Ryan Boswell

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of experience in renewable energy and energy performance
  • Leads development activities in Maryland and Delaware at Chaberton
  • Previous leadership experience within the Clinton Climate Initiative
  • B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas
  • Candidate 2022 — Master of Energy Regulation and Law — Vermont Law School

Natalie Castro

Manager, Development
  • 9 years of project management and operations experience in the solar industry
  • Leads development activities in Maryland at Chaberton Energy
  • B.S in Business Analytics and MBA from University of Connecticut School of Business 

Vasavi Devineni

Engineer, Development
  • 5 years of experience in electrical engineering and procurement
  • Leads project development activities in New Mexico
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO

Michael Doniger

Chief Operations Officer
  • 20 years of experience in engineering, development, and operations
  • Leads technical and operational aspects of the business at Chaberton Energy
  • Start-up to first-of-its-kind renewable solid fuel MLP, which grew to $1B+
  • Led largest Amazon non-sort fulfillment center
  • Previously nuclear submarine chief engineer for U.S. Navy
  • MBA from Georgetown University; B.S. in Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy

Senake Gajamera

Chief Financial Officer
  • 18 years of energy sector finance experience
  • Leads partnership development and finance at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously head of Investment Advisory for ENGIE (Latin America)
  • Played an instrumental role in growing wind & solar footprint to 1.7 GW at Engie
  • Closed transactions in the energy industry worth over $20 billion
  • B.A. from Middlebury College; M.A. from Johns Hopkins University

John Gnesda

Director, Development & Engineering
  • 10+ years of electrical engineering design and leadership experience
  • Lead engineer within Chaberton Energy
  • Previously head of renewable energy practice and transportation practice within ARM Group and subsidiaries
  • Professional Engineer in PA, MD, NY, NJ (and expanding)
  • B.S. from University of Pittsburgh; M. Eng. from Iowa State University

Angelica Johnson

Manager, Business Operations
  • 6+ years of experience in business and project management
  • Leads daily business operations, social media presence, company culture initiatives, and oversees HR policies
  • Supports solar development activities, community outreach, and marketing endeavors
  • MBA from the University of Tennessee: Knoxville; B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Virginia

Adam Kiger

Photovoltaic Designer
  • 6+ years electrical engineering and design experience within energy and automation
  • Supports PV design and engineering at Chaberton
  • B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics from WVU Tech

Mike McGehee

Manager, Development
  • 20+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and nuclear power
  • Leads land origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously nuclear submarine officer for U.S. Navy, still serving as Navy Reservist
  • Played key role in development of advanced tactical Submarine Officer Training curriculum
  • MBA from the University of Connecticut; B.A. in Geology from University of California at Berkeley

John Lennon Miller

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of experience in the solar energy industry, including residential, commercial, industrial, remote net metering, and community solar projects
  • Leads origination activities with a focus on Power Purchase Agreement negotiation & execution
  • Has led all facets of project development which directly resulted in the successful implementation of over 40MW of completed solar projects
  • Previous leadership positions at ReneSola Power Holdings & Clean Energy Collective
  • B.A in Political Science from The College of New Jersey with a concentration in Law, Politics, & Philosophy

Inaya Molina

Associate Manager, Community Engagement
  • 3+ years of experience in engineering and project management using agile fundamentals
  • Leads community outreach and supports solar development, marketing endeavors, and business development
  • Experienced in data, AI, and sustainability policy review, risk management, and development 
  • B.A. in Physics from Hendrix College in Arkansas

Alicia Nerad

Manager, Development
  • 8+ years solar industry experience
  • 15+ years of legal experience in ROW/utility/infrastructure
  • Managed 15,000 acres of land acquisitions in North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland for over 1GW of solar farm projects containing multiple properties by identifying, initiating, planning, negotiating and executing land lease/purchase contracts, and tracking activities required to meet the project deliverables including zoning, building, encroachment, DOT, FAA and environmental permits as needed for construction sites.  
  • Graduated CPCC with a 4.0, President of the Honor Society, an International Candidate of the Honor Society before continuing to Belmont Abby College.

Kate Potapova

Manager, Development
  • 2+ years of experience in engineering and project management
  • Leads development activities in Virginia at Chaberton Energy
  • Assisted in managing over $100M LEED Silver construction job in DC
  • B.S. from Alcorn State University; M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Catholic University of America

Stefano Ratti

Chief Executive Officer
  • 20 years of experience in the energy industry
  • Leads greenfield development activities and the overall Chaberton Energy business
  • Developed over ~$1 billion in renewable fuel and solar energy assets
  • Previously hired and led greenfield development teams
  • Held management positions at Enviva, Areva, and Boston Consulting Group
  • B.S. and M.S. in Energy Engineering from Politecnico di Milano

Keith Walker

Manager, Development
  • 20 years of experience in software, systems and test engineering
  • Leads project-based and land origination activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previous experience at Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Air Force, DHHS, FDA
  • Played key role in several business process improvement projects, including aircraft testing and development, and optimization of government archives
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of California; M.S. from University of Maryland

Philip (Chuck) Watkins

Director, Development
  • 10+ years of energy sector experience, including solar energy and energy efficiency
  • Leads project origination and development activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Led many award-winning community solar projects and has special expertise in developing community solar for low-income customers, multi-family housing, government, and education institutions
  • Previously developer at LCAST and Executive Director at Grid Alternatives
  • B.S. from Auburn University

Albert Yeh

Assistant, Administrative
  • 4+ years experience in the legal services industry
  • Supports business operations, project origination, and engineering teams at Chaberton Energy
  • B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution & Asia as a Regional Theme

Keith Yuhas

Director, Accounting
  • 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector
  • Leads all accounting activities at Chaberton Energy
  • Previously Vice President of Accounting and Finance at Standard Solar
  • Assisted in developing over $500M of operational solar assets at Standard Solar
  • B.S. in accounting from Clemson University

Experience You Can Trust

Our team boasts 125+ years of combined experience in the energy industry. We are professional, competent, and collaborative in our work.

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