Board of Directors

NYSEIA is led by a board of 13 directors, representing many facets of the solar industry, and from locations across the state. Directors serve a three-year term. Elections are held each fall. 

  • NYSEIA Secretary

    Kathryn Chelminski


    Kathryn Chelminski is the Senior Manager, New Market Development – Solar PV at Ameresco, where she is responsible for Ameresco’s market development efforts into new territories. In this role, she stays actively involved in policy and regulatory proceedings and advocates proactively for policy changes to promote solar development in key markets. Prior to her work at Ameresco, Kathryn held doctoral research fellowships focused on energy policy at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center and the University of Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group. Kathryn holds a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, for which her research focused the financial and regulatory barriers to renewable energy development in developing countries.

  • Elizabeth Curran

    BlueWave Solar

    Liz Curran is Director of Policy at BlueWave Solar. BlueWave is a pioneering solar developer and leading community solar service provider, providing community solar access to thousands of customers. Prior to joining BlueWave, Liz led state programs to expand access to clean energy for residents of disadvantaged communities at the California Public Utilities Commission. She holds a BA in International Studies from Colby College and an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

  • Jim Falsetti

    BQ Energy

    Jim is a Director at BQ Energy, the leading company in renewable energy project development at industrial brownfields and landfills, where he is responsible for project development. In addition to managing the over 40MW of NYS solar projects in construction and advanced development, he is the owner and operator of several large landfill-based solar projects. He has been actively engaged in NYSEIA initiatives, including the Interconnection Policy Working Group. Jim has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, has served on the board of international companies, and holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo. In addition to his work with BQ Energy, he is an instructor on energy matters, especially on new technologies.

  • LISSA Liaison to the NYSEIA Board

    Bill Feldmann

    Empire Clean Energy Supply

    Bill Feldmann has been a leader in the renewable energy field for 10 years. He has consulted on small-residential to multi-megawatt PV projects. In 2005, Feldmann along with Terrence Reilly founded Empire Clean Energy Supply (ECES), a local distributor of renewable energy equipment. They started offering photovoltaic equipment and have since added solar thermal and geothermal equipment. Feldmann has received recognition for his work from: Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Farmingdale University, New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and others. Bill has demonstrated his commitment to a clean energy future by being an active member of leading renewable energy associations. He serves as a board member of New York Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a founding member of the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance, and a founding member of the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization.

  • Sean Garren

    Vote Solar

    Sean is the Northeast Regional Manager for Vote Solar. Vote Solar is an advocacy group focused on fighting climate change and fostering economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream. He has worked in several states, including New York, and federally in clean energy and economic development policy and politics. He was previously the Legislative Director for Fair Share, an economic fairness advocacy group, and the Clean Energy Advocate for Environment America, a grassroots environmental advocacy group. Sean has a degree in Government from Dartmouth College.

  • NYSEIA President

    Dan Hendrick

    Clearway Energy Group

    Dan Hendrick is Head of External Affairs for Clearway Energy. Clearway is one of the largest clean energy companies in the United States, with an operating footprint that includes 1.1 GW of utility solar and over 300 MW of distributed and community solar. Dan oversees Clearway’s municipal and state government affairs on the East Coast. A resident of Queens, NY, Dan is also an author and filmmaker specializing in environmental issues.

  • T.R. Ludwig

    Brooklyn SolarWorks

    T.R. is the CEO and Co Founder of Brooklyn SolarWorks and Brooklyn Solar Canopy Company. He has helped build a unique urban solar company focused on flat roof installations in NYC. Prior to Brooklyn SolarWorks T.R. was the Senior Regional Sales Manager for Sunrun and helped build Sunruns direct to consumer presence in the Northeast. T.R. Began is solar career by co founding AD Energy, a residential solar financing company. T.R. holds. BS in Geology and Environmental Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and MBA in E-business from Maastricht School of Management.

  • NYSEIA Treasurer

    Daniel Montante

    Montante Solar

    Daniel Montante is President and co-founder of Montante Solar. A 9-year veteran of the renewable energy industry, Mr. Montante has overseen the company’s rapid growth, solidifying its position as a key player in the New York solar market. He is responsible for overseeing company operations and providing a clear strategic direction. Mr. Montante has assembled a top tier team of engineering, construction and finance professionals that have built some of the most noteworthy solar projects in New York. His strong managerial and financial modeling skills have played a large role in the company’s success. Prior to founding Montante Solar, Mr. Montante worked at DuPont for ten years in a number of finance and business development roles. In the latter part of his tenure at DuPont, Mr. Montante was based in Shanghai as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions - Greater China. In this capacity, he managed all acquisition and divestiture activities, which entailed acquisition search, joint venture restructuring, due diligence, term sheet negotiation and deal execution. It was during this time that Mr. Montante served as a Core Team Member for DuPont’s thin film solar module venture based in Hong Kong. Mr. Montante holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Skidmore College and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association and is on the Board of Directors for the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.

  • Jessica Reinhardt


    Jessica has worked on policy issues across the country for almost 15 years. She currently serves as Director of Policy for Sunrun where she manages advocacy efforts to advance the deployment of residential solar, energy storage, and grid services in New York and the Southwest. She previously served as Energy Counsel in the New York Assembly, and spent several years as Government Relations Manager for Con Edison. During that time, Superstorm Sandy devastated NY forcing policymakers to reexamine the way electricity is generated and delivered. This led to her tenure as SolarCity’s Deputy Director of Policy where she worked on issues impacting the residential and commercial sectors in the Northeast.

  • NYSEIA Vice President

    David Schieren

    EmPower Solar

    David co-founded EmPower in 2003 to make solar the dominant energy source in New York and beyond, and is dedicated to accelerating activities to achieve this goal. As CEO, David is responsible for leading and managing the company along with the management committee. David’s day to day includes commercial business development, battery system sales, community solar projects and managing the SunPower Master Dealer partnership. As an advocate, David conducts outreach to build support for clean energy amongst political, community, business and religious leaders, and the public at large. David has testified before the United States Congress Science Committee about the DOE Solar Decathlon and solar energy, and has been involved with numerous TV, print, internet, radio and documentary interviews. David is a current board member of Vision Long Island. He has a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received the Faculty Award for outstanding achievement, and co-led the 2005 Solar Decathlon solar-hydrogen zero energy home project. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, where he received the Freeman Saltus Award in Economics. David was a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Installer. David started his career as an Institutional Equity Advisor at Merrill Lynch where he sold Japanese equities to large US based investors.

  • Jesse Stowell

    Encore Renewable Energy

    Jesse Stowell is Vice President of Business Development at Encore Renewable Energy. He leads site origination and early-stage development of commercial and industrial-scale solar projects. Jesse has worked in renewable energy for 18 years. Previous roles include Regional Sales Manager at SunEdison, focusing on the northeastern US, and Business Development Manager at Albany, NY–based AWS Truepower, where his clients were predominantly wind and solar developers. Before joining AWS Truepower, Jesse was responsible for the development of on-site and community-scale energy projects at Johnson Controls. There he developed projects at federal sites financed by energy-savings performance contracts. He began his career at Northern Power Systems as a mechanical engineer and product manager, where he helped lead the commercialization of a medium-scale wind turbine for distributed applications. Jesse has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont.

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