Trey Jarrard is an accomplished entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in private equity, project finance, real estate development, online business and digital distribution and solar energy. He founded Renewvia Energy in 2008 to develop solar power systems in financeable favorable regions across the United States. Under his leadership, the company expanded internationally in 2013 to develop utility-scale solar in Uruguay and then, hybrid and standalone solar photovoltaic and battery-powered microgrids in the Marianas Islands in 2016, Kenya in 2018 and Nigeria in 2019. Today, Renewvia operates under an expanded mission not only to add value to its U.S. clients, but also to improve the quality of life for people in power challenged areas globally while providing above market returns for investors. Creating subsidiaries in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, Renewvia is particularly focused on sub-Saharan Africa, where the access to energy challenge is the greatest and where Renewvia's Rural Microgrid Development and Operation Model has the greatest potential to generate sustainable impact and return on investment.
Before joining Renewvia, Trey was Partner (2001-2007) in The Convex Group, a private equity firm where he participated in raising over $150 million in equity and acquisition and disposition of four digital distribution technology companies. As Director of Strategic Relations at WebMD (2000-2001), he identified and participated in financing for the leading online consumer healthcare website from its inception to the $5 billion acquisition by Healtheon. Previously, he worked as a Sales Engineer (1994-200) at Guidant Corporation, part of Boston Scientific and Abbott Labs. Trey received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from The University of Georgia in 1993.
Eric Domescik brings nearly two decades of entrepreneurial experience in sales, finance and project management to Renewvia’s Leadership Team. Joining as President in 2012, Eric’s leadership helped quadruple Renewvia’s revenue and expanded the company’s reach by developing and implementing new business opportunities across the United States, along with the Pacific Islands, South America and sub-Saharan Africa. These projects range from equipping large industrial farms with up to 60 MW of renewable energy to constructing 2.5 MW distributed rooftop solar arrays for industrial facilities and 50-100 kW systems for small commercial buildings and agriculture companies, along with hybrid and standalone solar microgrids of varying size in remote, hard-to-reach communities. Eric has qualified for the NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification and actively manages a global team of installation professionals that execute projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Prior to Renewvia, Eric was Managing Partner at Blue Sky Energy Partners, LLC, a start-up focused on expanding solar in north Georgia and Tennessee, and Vice President of Business Development for Hannah Solar, a full-service U.S. solar company providing engineering, products, installation and service of solar arrays. Additional experience includes providing financial and real estate planning for Northwestern Mutual (2003-2009), working in sales for SafeDepositBox.com, an early web-based digital and paper document storage platform for U.S. banks (2001-2002) and developing feeding programs for the U.S. pork industry at Omega Nutrition, LLC (1998-2000). Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of William & Mary in 1992 and Master of Science in Veterinary Microbiology from The University of Georgia in 1998.
Praveen Jha has over two decades of global experience in business strategy and development, program management, financial planning and growth, along with 12 years of hands-on experience in developing commercial, utility-scale and off-grid solar PV projects. Associated with Renewvia for nearly a decade in an advisory capacity, Praveen joined as Director of Project Development in May 2017 and began serving as Vice President of Global Business Development in January 2019. In this role, Praveen’s data-driven approach and project finance expertise helps drive Renewvia’s growth strategy across several geographies. Through his proprietary solar PV and storage design, analysis and estimating tool, he crafts individually tailored solutions for all of Renewvia’s U.S. and global energy projects.
Prior to joining Renewvia’s Atlanta team, Praveen spent over a decade working in solar and engineering industries in California as an independent consultant, providing solar PV and financial modeling to help clients expand their business. This includes designing financing and engineering solutions to advance Endelos Energy Inc.’s Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building solutions in California and developing unique renewable energy solutions for businesses, residences and community developments for Panel The Planet. In addition, he served as Chief of Operations for AquaHelio Management, Inc. (2013-2016), where he led solar and water infrastructure development worth $2 billion; as Financial Analyst for Morrow-Meadows Corporation (2009-2012), a full-service electrical contracting company serving clients across the West and Southwest United States; and as Project Finance Manager for EI Solutions (2007-2008), providing financial and energy analysis for large commercial rooftop solar systems. Previously, Praveen worked in India, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota as Project Manager for Infosys Technologies Ltd. (1998-2006), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Praveen holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management (2008) and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (1998).
Henley Odom has over a dozen years of sales, project development and relationship management experience. Henley joined Renewvia in 2015 as Director of Business Development. In this role, he works with clients across a wide range of industries to design and implement tailored commercial and community solar power systems in the U.S. and international markets. Prior to Renewvia, Henley was Key Account Manager for The Coca-Cola Company, where he oversaw multiple healthcare and university accounts and was responsible for generating several multimillion dollar contracts. He also has five years of experience in the financial services sector as Regional Sales Director for ValuTeachers, working with educators across the Southeast on retirement planning. Henley holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Georgia and has completed international finance and economics programs abroad.
Ashley Chang is global public affairs expert with experience driving integrated campaigns for public, private and nonprofit sectors. Joining Renewvia in August 2018, Ashley leads media and stakeholder relations, along with managing the social media accounts and overall messaging. In addition to rolling out a series of international and U.S. announcements over the last year, she helps manage outreach around Renewvia’s ongoing capital raise to scale affordable and reliable power to sub-Saharan African communities that are either unserved by conventional utilities, or ineligible for grid extension.
As Executive Director and Head of Strategic Communications for Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase (2017-2018), she led the rollout of the firm’s landmark sustainability announcement. Previously, Ashley spearheaded the business community outreach strategy for the Jon Ossoff Campaign for the Georgia Congressional District 6 special election (2017), served as Director of Public Engagement at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (2015-2017) during the Obama administration and held policy, project management and research positions at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (2012-2015), Vital Voices Global Partnership (2012) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (2009-2012). Before moving to Washington, D.C., she was a public relations specialist at Jackson Spalding (2007-2008) in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley received a Master of Science in Global Politics from the London School of Economics (2008), Master of Arts in U.S. History from The George Washington University (2006) and Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History from Stanford University (2003).
With 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Tom brings a wide breadth of experience to Renewvia. After graduating from UGA with a degree in creative direction, Tom started his career in fashion advertising in New York in the 90’s. He then went on to receive an ancillary degree in commercial production from UCLA in the early 2000s before returning to Atlanta where he started his own ad agency. Over the past 15 years Tom’s agency has been at the forefront of brand development and marketing for companies of all sizes over many industries from real estate, music and entertainment, to pharma and healthcare, fashion and luxury, and beyond. More recently, Tom turned his creative talents to the realm of real estate development, and now he combines branding expertise with real estate production experience to help Renewvia grow in footprint as well as vision.
Mitchell Butler joined Renewvia Energy in August 2017 as Technical Services Manager, where he was responsible for project management, operations and maintenance, performance monitoring, along with the design and engineering of U.S. commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems. Promoted to Director of U.S. Operations in 2018, Mitch continues to design and engineer commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems for Renewvia’s clients, in addition to overseeing the development, performance monitoring and the operation and maintenance of all U.S. solar projects, ranging from 10 kW - 1.25 MW in size. Alongside his domestic portfolio, Mitch collaborates closely with Renewvia’s Africa team on the design and engineering of the growing pipeline of rural microgrid projects.
Prior to Renewvia, Mitch spent over three years at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, a highly-regarded applied research and development organization that uses science and engineering expertise to solve some of the toughest problems facing government and industry across the U.S. and around the globe. Here, he worked first as an Engineering Student Assistant and then as Technician (2013-2017) on the development of radar testing systems for U.S. military aircraft. Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017, Mitch is also a certified Engineer in Training from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and has a NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate™ credential.
After almost a decade of illiquid debt trading, Fernando was responsible for the opening of the Buenos Aires office of an English boutique investment bank as well as IXE Securities, a Latin American debt trading desk. Fernando acquired Thesis Recupero Mexico, an asset recovery company in Mexico, with more than 10,000 credits of owned portfolio. Fernando recently completed multiple commercial and residential real estate developments in Argentina, Uruguay and Ecuador. Fernando has a Latin American solar development pipeline of over $250mm with investment grade credit off-takers.
As Director of Special Projects since 2016, Amy Carabajal identifies growth opportunities within the Renewvia’s existing client base and business sectors and serves as the company’s executive liaison for external consultants and U.S. government partners. Amy was instrumental in securing and then managing the grant requirements for both of Renewvia’s projects for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). Through Power Africa, USTDA partnered with Renewvia on two projects: (1) assess and develop eight microgrid facilities totaling 1.5 MW of peak installed capacity in remote regions across Kenya; (2) assess 25 new microgrid sites in Nigeria totaling 5 MW of power. As a result of Amy’s efforts, USTDA received completed feasibility studies for both countries (Nigeria in 2018 and Kenya in 2019) and continues to communicate progress per the grant agreement to USTDA as work is underway to construct and then manage all eight microgrid facilities in Kenya.
In 2011, Amy invented a consumer kids product, Squatchi®, and took it from concept to market in less than a year. She continues to oversee manufacturing, distribution and marketing of the product, exponentially growing sales year over year since inception. As a licensed Member and of the Atlanta Board of Realtors and National Board of Realtors, she also works as a real estate agent for Dorsey Alston, assisting clients with her extensive background in sales and marketing, finance, managing rental property and building a profitable product company. Previously, Amy managed multiple components of marketing, promotions and analysis for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company (1996-1998) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1998-2002), where she covered a national territory and led PWC initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies. Amy received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Georgia in 1996.
Brian Simiyu joined Renewvia in October 2017 to help pilot, prove and scale up the development of rooftop and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic off-grid and/or hybrid microgrids in Kenya. A skilled electrical engineer with extensive experience in procurement, design and supervision of electrical power engineering projects from concept to commissioning, he conducts feasibility studies, prepares technical and commercial proposals for solar facilities and ensures compliance with all solar statutory requirements. In addition, Brian analyzes total energy demand and supply patterns of existing plants and handles technical queries from Renewvia’s growing base of customers in remote communities. He also advises on the design, general arrangement layouts and other electrical engineering requirements for Renewvia’s pipeline projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to Renewvia, Brian was Project Director with the Power Division of Bitlink Company Limited (2013-2017), an Electrical and ICT company based in Nairobi, where he oversaw the design, construction and commissioning of standalone and grid-tied solar power systems, backup water pumps and water heaters and conventional and solar street lights. During this time, Brian also constructed and commissioned low voltage power distribution networks, along with 11 KV and 33 KV power transmission lines and metering systems, as a Labor and Transport Contractor for Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC). Brian is a T3-certified technician by the Energy Regulatory Commission, a graduate engineer registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (2012).
Gordon brings over five years of experience managing solar energy projects to Renewvia’s leadership team. He has great expertise in project management, customer management, and livelihood projects related to solar energy. Prior to joining Renewvia, he worked in Kenya as a Project Leader for SteamaCo implementing Vulcan Inc.-funded rural electrification projects. Previous experience also include his role as a Field Officer for Access Energy, a non-profit organisation that focuses on empowering communities with renewable energy. Gordon recently completed an MBA (Project Management) from Kenyatta University and a B.Ed. (with IT) degree from Maseno University in Kenya.
Tobais is a trained and certified Solar Technician/Installer by the Energy Regulatory Commission in Kenya. He is an integral part of the Renewvia team in Africa and is responsible for managing the solar installations and complying with all local electrical codes and permitting.
Since 2017, Christopher Ebiware has spearheaded Renewvia’s activities in West Africa. In order to expand energy access to more last-mile consumers, he has performed dozens of technical assessments and power audits in hard-to-reach, rural communities, including conducting the USTDA feasibility study for 25 new microgrid sites across Nigeria totaling 5 MW of power. Chris has also run a series of community forums over the last few years, which not only advances Renewvia’s deep commitment to community engagement but has also resulted in a pipeline of 27 permitted or semi-permitted sites in Nigeria, with plans to expand microgrid development across region. In addition, he serves as the company’s government liaison, ensuring that all regulations are being met and all necessary permits and paperwork are properly secured.
Prior to Renewvia, Chris worked at Cornerstone Insurance Plc (2016-2017), starting as Financial Planner before rising to the position of Unit Manager, where he was responsible for marketing insurance policies, recruiting staff, office management and increasing the company’s customer base. As a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the Post Amnesty Oil and Gas Foundation, or PAOGIF (2013-2015), he helped over 700 former Niger Delta militants transition to peacetime activities by focusing on economic development and civic involvement. Chris started his professional career as Logistic Officer with Pinx Consult Nigeria Ltd (2008-2013), an architectural and construction firm. In this role, he was in charge of transporting building material nationally to the company’s active sites, interfacing between the workers and the host communities, site supervision and inspecting and reconciling site financials. Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the prestigious Rivers State University of Science and Technology in (2004) and is fluent in English, Yoruba and Ijaw.
Douglas Cox oversees the engineering and implementation of all of Renewvia’s African projects, which includes two pilot projects commissioned in Lake Victoria, Kenya in 2018, four microgrid facilities in northern Kenya – including one refugee settlement – and two in the Nigeria Delta coming online in fall 2019 and an active pipeline of 36 sites to develop new microgrid projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Focused on finding new ways to make energy access more affordable and useful for off-grid customers, Douglas is the architect of Renewvia’s proprietary payment processing platform, which creates a simple and affordable pre-payment method to procure power. Through Renewvia’s PAYGO platform, he manages all technology related to the customer experience, including a suite of automated SMS notifications, while collecting revenue and valuable data. Under Douglas’ leadership, the two pilot sites on Ndeda and Ringiti islands are currently serving hundreds of households and local businesses, and one year into the project, Renewvia is supplying an additional 300 new meters to meet growing customer demand.
Prior to joining Renewvia in 2017, Douglas was an Engineering Fellow with SunFarmer, serving as the lead engineer for solar water pump product development in Kathmandu, Nepal. Over the course of five months, he designed and built a solar water pump prototype for smallholder vegetable farmers and worked on all aspects of solar energy designs for local school and hospital projects. As Engineering Manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s EcoCAR3 (2014-2016), Douglas led a team of 50 to convert a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid sports car for an EcoCAR3 competition and designed powertrain and energy storage packaging with very tight space constraints. Previously, he was Team Lead for the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Solar Racing initiative (2012-2014), where he led a team of 70 students that designed and built a solar-powered race car, supervising the engineering, fabrication, fundraising and management of the project. Douglas received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from the Georgia Institute of Technology.