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.
Kathryn Chelminski is the Director of Policy and Strategy at Ameresco. Ameresco is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe with extensive experience in developing solar and energy storage projects. Kathryn holds a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and has nearly a decade of experience in energy and environmental policy spanning industry, academia, and international organizations.
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.
NY State Solar
Reid Garton is President and CEO of NY State Solar. NYSS is a vertically integrated residential solar developer with over 100 employees managing sales, consultation, design, permitting, installation, & service for residential projects in New York. Since its founding in 2015, NYSS has developed thousands of residential systems in New York.
Reid joined the solar industry in 2016 and works in both the residential and utility scale spaces. Between his extensive experience with the residential space and co-development of several utility scale projects underway in PJM, he is well versed in many different challenges facing the industry today.
William Graves is Director of Origination at BrightNight Power.
Since 2012, he has originated and reviewed over 1 GW of pipeline, leading to the deployment of over $100 million into solar projects. He currently focuses on developing solar projects in Illinois and the Mid-Atlantic.
Mr. Graves holds a Bachelor of Science from American University, where he studied Business Administration and International Relations, with a specialization in Global Environmental Policy. He graduated summa cum laude and with university honors. He recently completed his MBA at Georgetown University.
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.
Fayeann (Faye) Lawrence is a solar energy project management expert and entrepreneur. In the solar arena, she is the CEO of Sologistics, which is the MWBE-certified expediting firm she founded to address and provide guidance on the permitting, design, interconnection and policy challenges faced by installers and developers in NY State. She is also active in advancing renewable energy and sustainability policies internationally, particularly in the warmer climates in which she is most comfortable, including her native Trinidad & Tobago and its neighboring isle of Grenada, where she resides for part of the year.
Faye has a reputation for professional excellence in her business dealings and balances her pragmatic problem-solving with an ability to meaningfully connect with people from all walks of life. She deliberately fosters and encourages a culture in her companies that prioritizes work-life balance and as such, the staff of Sologistics, as well as her other ventures, have been working remotely and flexibly as a rule years before it was adopted worldwide. Faye finds this work-life balance herself through a combination of travel, collecting premium tequilas and participating in Brazil-style Carnivals around the globe.
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.
Daniel Montante is President and co-founder of Montante Solar. A nine-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.
Christopher J. Rauscher
Chris is Senior Director of Market Development & Policy for Sunrun, where he leads new business policy and regulatory work. He focuses on market entry and development of Sunrun’s EV and electrification business as well as storage, virtual power plants, and wholesale markets.
Prior to joining Sunrun, Chris was an energy policy advisor in the United States Senate where he worked on a diverse issue set, with a particular focus on Distributed Energy Resources. Chris has been on various political campaigns and involved in a number of startup businesses. Although he has a law degree, so far he has successfully avoided practicing.
Chris serves on various industry association boards including NYSEIA and E2Tech, and is the founding board president of the Puerto Rico Solar and Energy Storage Association.
Peter is an associate with Foley Hoag. Peter concentrates his practice in energy law, with a focus on renewable generation, energy storage and sustainable development. Peter has a deep understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with project development, regularly advising clients in the energy sector at every stage of a project's lifecycle, from initial conception to successful litigation. His practice includes drafting and negotiating project agreements for solar, wind, and energy storage projects, including power purchase and other offtake agreements, community solar management and subscription agreements, and energy storage service agreements. He also conducts regulatory and interconnection due diligence in relation to solar, wind, and energy storage project sales and acquisitions, including analysis of relevant wholesale and retail market tariffs. He advocates in state and federal court, and has drafted multiple petitions, comments, and advocacy letters to public utility commissions and public authorities on renewable energy and transmission policy matters.
Stephan Roundtree, Jr.
Stephan Roundtree, Jr. is the Northeast Director for Vote Solar, where he works to promote ambitious and socially just solar policy in New England and New York. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Stephan worked as an advocate and community lawyer with WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, NYC. There, he fought for more inclusive solar and energy efficiency policies in Albany and at City Hall. Stephan also co-designed a first-in-the-nation solarize campaign for a dense urban community in Northern Manhattan, and negotiated construction and local hiring contracts for the project based on community values and input.
Originally from the Town of Dunstable, Massachusetts, Stephan holds a B.A. in History from Boston College, a J.D. from Northeastern School of Law, and a Master's in Environmental Policy from Vermont Law School. In his spare time Stephan enjoys sailing, skiing, and social distancing on his bike, though his passion for energy justice is equaled only by his love of birdwatching and Boston sports.
NYSEIA Vice President
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 U.S.-based investors.