Making Solar Do More®

our-mission

Our Mission

To bring communities across the country low-cost, renewable energy, economic development, jobs, carbon solutions, and partnerships they can count on for the life of their solar projects.

Our Core Values

  1. We believe communities deserve reliable, cost-effective CHOICES for their source of power.
  2. We believe solar energy projects—when developed responsibly—create enduring, long-term value and deliver a meaningful legacy to their communities.
  3. We believe our employees can make a difference in the communities we serve.
  4. We believe in the power of collaborative partnerships.
  5. We believe we are only successful when our partners are successful.
  6. We require honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  7. We listen, learn, and respond.
  8. We do what we say we will do.
  9. We believe in square corners.
  10. We choose the right path over the easier path to get the job done.

Silicon Ranch is more than a solar energy company

We Are Neighbors

We seek to bring value to each community where we do business. We work to understand—and create solutions that embody—the values that our neighbors hold dear. We understand that our responsibilities do not end at our fence-lines.

We Are Stewards

We recognize the trust that communities place in us to care for their land and to protect their natural resources. We make significant investments to care for the land, water, wildlife, and communities with which we are entrusted. We are long-term partners. When we develop a project, we embrace our responsibility to make things better than we found them.

We Are Pioneers

Silicon Ranch pioneered the utility-scale solar market in our home region in the Southeast, and we continue to expand this pioneering legacy in our commitment to make solar do more. We’re not afraid to do things differently. Learning and innovating on behalf of–and with–our communities, customers, and partners is how we move the industry forward.

Our Solutions

Meet Our Team

Whether in our Nashville headquarters or in the field at one of our facilities, the entire Silicon Ranch team is committed to high-quality, community-focused work that benefits the communities where we locate each of our projects.

Leadership

Reagan Farr

President & Chief Executive Officer

Matt Beasley

Chief Commercial Officer

Boris Schubert

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Johnson

General Counsel

Michael Payne, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Nick de Vries

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Katz

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development

Laura Zapata

President & CEO, Clearloop

Todd Aquino

Executive Vice President, Energy Delivery

Kati Cook

Senior Vice President, Controller

Gaurab Hazarika

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Initiatives

John Thompson

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Luke Wilkinson

Senior Vice President, Project Development

Ben Oberman
Ben Oberman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Customer Solutions

Jen Randolph

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Steve Wozniak

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Matt Brown

Regional Vice President, LPC

Bill Castrop

Vice President, Project Delivery

Meram El Ramahi

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Morgan Day

Vice President, Projects

David Harper

Vice President, Project Finance

Amanda Nichols

Senior Legal Counsel

Dylan Sontag

Vice President, Asset Operations and Performance

Lynsey Tibbs

Vice President, Asset Management

Board of Directors*

Philip Bredesen

Founding Chairman

Matt Beasley

Chief Commercial Officer

Reagan Farr

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jerry Hanrahan
Jerry Hanrahan

Senior Advisor to John Hancock Infrastructure Fund

Pradeep Killamsetty

Managing Director, Power & Infrastructure Investment Group at John Hancock Financial Services

Matt Kisber

Chairman of the Board

Jeff Mouland

Managing Director and Head of Global Infrastructure Investments

Byron W. Smith

Managing Director, Mountain Group Partners

*Note: Reagan Farr and Matt Beasley of the Management Team are also on the Company’s Board of Directors

Company Timeline

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2011

Begin operations with two employees

2012

Commission first utility-scale solar farm in Tennessee history, Chattanooga Volkswagen (9.6MW)

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2013

Commission first utility-scale solar farm in Georgia history, Social Circle, at the time the largest project east of the Mississippi River (39MW)

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2014

Commission first utility-scale solar farm in Mississippi history, Okolona (3MW)

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2015

  • Commission first utility-scale solar farm in Arkansas history, Aerojet Rocketdyne (17MW)
  • Pioneer deployment of US-made First Solar solar panel technology in the southeastern US
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2016

Rank in Top 3 in the solar industry for funding after two equity raises in 2016

2018

  • Commission first utility-scale solar farm in Alabama history, Cumberland (20MW)
  • Cross 500MW of operating project solar power generating capacity and 1GW of contracted projects

2020

  • Named 2020’s “Most Forward-Thinking” company by Solar Power World
  • Receive Savory Institute first ever certification of solar land as ‘regenerative’
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2021

  • Acquire Clearloop, which helps businesses of all sizes reclaim their carbon footprint with a direct investment in building new solar projects while helping to bring renewable energy and economic development to underserved communities
  • Cross 3GW of solar power generating capacity of operating, under construction, and contracted projects
  • Receive first-ever approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission Siting Board to construct a utility-scale solar farm, Turkey Creek (50MW)
  • Launch first of its kind program to train and employ agrivoltaic technicians to implement both regenerative land management and solar maintenance
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2022

  • Commission a company-record 650+MW of new solar power generating capacity and cross 5GW of contracted projects
  • Acquire first-ever solar company owned flock of sheep to restore grassland ecosystems
  • Announce industry-leading partnership with SOLARCYCLE to re-use or recycle end-of-life solar modules from Silicon Ranch projects and provide first modules to SOLARCYCLE for processing
  • Sign contracts with Nextracker and First Solar, emphasizing commitments to support US manufacturing and promote lower-carbon production processes
  • Secure in excess of $1 billion in new equity capital to execute disciplined business plan
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2023

  • Produce more than 2.5 GW of solar generating capacity across 160+ projects in 15 states coast to coast
  • Recognized as 2023’s #1 Top Solar Developer by Solar Power World
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Interested in a career at Silicon Ranch?

We're always searching for motivated, passionate, and talented professionals to help us fulfill our mission across North America.

Reagan Farr

President & Chief Executive Officer

As Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Ranch, Reagan is responsible for ongoing operations and execution of the company’s strategic growth plan. Under his leadership, Silicon Ranch has grown from an idea to become one of the largest independent power producers in the United States, while successfully commissioning every project the company has contracted since it began operations in 2011. From developing the initial ambitious plan for Silicon Ranch to growing a company that has earned a global reputation as one of the premier solar energy providers in the industry, Reagan has been instrumental to the company’s growth. Reagan also serves on Silicon Ranch’s Board of Directors.

Reagan grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1993 and from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1998 with a law degree. He worked for both KPMG and Ernst & Young in the area of state and local taxes from 1998 until 2003, when he joined the Bredesen administration as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue. He became Commissioner of Revenue in 2006, and when Bredesen left office in 2011 joined with him and Matt Kisber in forming Silicon Ranch.

John Thompson

Senior Vice President, Business Development

As Senior Vice President of Business Development, John works with customers and stakeholders to originate utility-scale solar and battery energy storage system projects designed to help customers reach their renewable energy goals, enhance grid resiliency, and promote community economic development. John began his career as a controls and automation engineer, working nine years with multiple Fortune 500 companies to develop various manufacturing control systems, including building energy management controls and reporting systems. John then entered the electric utility industry, working another nine years for TVA in various energy related capacities, from energy management and power quality engineering to renewable energy program interconnection and metering support. John joined the Silicon Ranch family in 2020 as Sr. Project Manager, overseeing the construction and delivery phases of utility scale solar projects, before finally joining the Business Development team. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Energy Business from the University of Tulsa. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Renewable Energy Professional, a Project Management Professional, and an Air Force veteran.   

Bill Castrop

Vice President, Project Delivery

Bill Castrop brings more than 17 years of experience in the energy industry to Silicon Ranch’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction team and has worked on a wide range of energy infrastructure projects across the United States and globally.

Meram El Ramahi

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Meram El Ramahi leads our marketing, communications, and branding strategies and initiatives for our portfolio of brands, including Clearloop® and Regenerative Energy®, driving brand awareness and promoting growth with a focus on strategic planning and leadership, brand management and positioning, public relations, corporate communications, and customer relations. With 20 years of experience leading marketing strategy and executing multi-faceted marketing campaigns in the energy sector for public, private, and federal agencies, Meram’s expertise and work supports Silicon Ranch’s mission to Making Solar Do More® and maximizing the economic impact of solar development for communities across our country. Meram earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a specialization in Integrated Marketing Communications, from the American University in Cairo.  

David Harper

Vice President, Project Finance

David manages the Project Finance team at Silicon Ranch.  His team engages with capital markets to identify debt and tax equity partners and works closely with the origination, development, construction, legal, and engineering teams to ensure successful financings of Silicon Ranch’s portfolio of solar projects.  

Dylan Sontag

Vice President, Asset Operations and Performance

As Vice President of Asset Operations and Performance Engineering, Dylan manages the day-to-day operations of Silicon Ranch’s fleet of solar facilities.  He created the Operations and Maintenance Team at Silicon Ranch in 2016 and has worked to establish Silicon Ranch as the industry leader in performance engineering analytics and fleet management practices. Dylan also oversees the feedback loop between Operations and Project Delivery, ensuring that we’re continuously improving our new projects being built each year by applying lessons learned on our existing fleet, creating tools, and updating processes.  Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Dylan graduated Cum Laude from Clemson University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics.  He then focused his studies via a Masters from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Energy and Sustainability. 

Lynsey Tibbs

Vice President, Asset Management 

As VP of Asset Management, Lynsey manages the Maintenance, Asset Management and Compliance functions.  Her team is focused on optimizing the production of Silicon Ranch’s 160+ site fleet. In addition, Lynsey manages our internal operations compliance function with a team focused on making sure our fleet is in compliance with both regional and national compliance policies including NERC requirements.  Prior to coming to Silicon Ranch, Lynsey spent 15 years at Southern Company. 

Ben Oberman

Ben Oberman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Customer Solutions

As Silicon Ranch’s SVP of Strategic Partnerships & Customer Solutions, Ben Oberman leads the cultivation and strengthening of relationships with key accounts, focusing principally on the C&I segment as well as large co-op buying groups, to foster customer led off-take opportunities. Ben also manages the Market Strategy team which influences investment into new and existing markets to support internal development efforts as well as the Policy & Government Affairs team. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Ben worked with the Georgia co-ops for nearly 15 years, most recently leading Origination & Member Relations at Green Power EMC.

Ali Kairys

Vice President, Project Development

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma’s Energy Management program, Ali started her career working in the Oil and Gas industry as a Surface Landman negotiating and permitting infrastructure in Northern Colorado. After negotiating multiple deals across the table from Silicon Ranch, she joined the team in 2016 as its first Project Development Manager. In her tenure with Silicon Ranch, she has developed nearly 1GW of projects in Silicon Ranch’s operating fleet that span from coast-to-coast. As Vice President, she is responsible for overseeing the siting, development, and permitting of projects in all States and Providences in NERC’s Western Interconnection region, the Tennessee Valley Authority region, and Connecticut. Her decade of diverse energy experience and expertise in stakeholder engagement has made her a leader in many Local and State-level energy policy discussions across the Country. 

Sara Perry

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations 

Prior to joining SRC as SVP, Investor Relations, Sara was Director of Communications for Alpine Summit Energy Partners.  Before relocating to Nashville in 2015, Sara ran investor communications for the Private Funds Group at Prologis in New York, with approximately $30 billion AUM invested in industrial real estate across the globe. Her previous roles were at financial firms (including Sabretooth Capital Management, Macquarie Capital and Banc of America Securities) across investor communications, fundraising, research and analytics. Sara is a board member of The Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville and The Jefferson Trust at UVA.  She graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA and from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. 

Jerry Hanrahan

Jerry Hanrahan

Senior Advisor to John Hancock Infrastructure Fund

Jerry Hanrahan joined the John Hancock Infrastructure Team in 2001 and was the Team Leader from 2011 until 2016. Under Jerry’s leadership, the Infrastructure Team’s portfolio grew from $17 billion of debt and equity investments to $24 billion. He is currently a Senior Advisor to John Hancock Infrastructure Fund.

Mr. Hanrahan has worked in the financing of the power industry since 1990, as an investor, as a finance officer and as a financial advisor to power companies.

Prior to joining John Hancock in 2001, Mr. Hanrahan worked for four years in the Boston and London offices of power company InterGen, where he coordinated all financing activities on power projects in Turkey, Colombia, and Egypt. Prior to InterGen, Mr. Hanrahan spent nine years in the structured finance and financial advisory divisions of Bank of Tokyo Capital Corporation in Boston. Mr. Hanrahan holds an MBA from Babson College and received his BS from Northeastern University.

Ryan Edwards

Director, Project Finance at Silicon Ranch

“You see the results at the end of the day, that a veteran that came to a company is able to really grow within that role and accrue more responsibility offload from their manager, help train other folks on their team – that pure leadership piece that is extremely valuable for military folks because they had to do it the whole time with their fellow officers or their fellow enlisted.

And that’s where you really get that synergy just by entrusting veterans to really come onto a team and embrace the culture, but also offer some unique perspective. They may not have the years of experience, but the solar industry is constantly evolving, right? So, years of experience could potentially lead you down a rabbit hole in a different direction from where the actual path of solar is going to be in the next five years. You bring in some unique perspectives, somebody that’s not afraid to speak up, but is tactful about it, then you really can have some good discussion on direction down the road…

I think that adaptability kind of lends itself to adversity. Veterans tend to see challenges as something they need to overcome, not as something that shuns them away from getting to the desired solution. I’m not saying that this is unique to the military, but I would say that the majority of folks in the military will definitely look at a challenge and say, this is something that we as a team shall overcome.”

Byron W. Smith

Managing Director, Mountain Group Partners

Byron is a Managing Director of Mountain Group Partners, an investment firm dedicated to investing in and actively guiding transformational businesses in the Life Sciences and Technology sectors. Founded in 2002, Mountain Group Partners principals have invested in more than 30 seed and early stage companies in these sectors. Within technology, Mountain Group Partners’ investments focus on Business Services and Consumer & Healthcare, targeting those ideas with quantifiable development risk and a rapid path to market.

Byron has also taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and been an active angel and venture capital investor.

Jeff Mouland

Managing Director and Head of Global Infrastructure Investments

Jeff leads the TDAM Infrastructure Team and is responsible for investment strategy, asset sourcing and execution, and oversight of acquired assets. He was previously part of the Infrastructure Investments Team at Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments, with multi-sector responsibility for global deal sourcing and execution and developing emerging markets investment strategy for equity investing and project financing within the infrastructure and energy sector. Jeff received his B.Eng in Civil Engineering from Memorial University and an MBA in Finance from McGill University.

Matt Kisber

Chairman of the Board

Matt is a co-founder of Silicon Ranch and served as CEO of the company until becoming Chairman in July 2019. As Chairman, Matt works closely with the company’s executive leadership to set and implement its ambitious growth strategy. Under his leadership, Silicon Ranch has from an idea to become one of the top solar companies in America, with a reputation as a pioneering, innovative, and principled industry leader. Matt brings a unique background to Silicon Ranch having been a business owner and having served eight years as Tennessee Commissioner of Economic Development. He has also worked with industry leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe to bring investments and jobs to Tennessee. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Matt served 10 terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Pradeep Killamsetty

Managing Director, Power & Infrastructure Investment Group at John Hancock Financial Services

Mr. Killamsetty is a Managing Director in Manulife’s infrastructure investment group. He joined John Hancock / Manulife in 2012 and is responsible for origination, execution and asset management of investments in various infrastructure sectors. Over the last ten years with John Hancock, Pradeep has led investments in infrastructure equity and public/ private/ project finance debt of over $5 billion. Pradeep has worked in the infrastructure sector since 2006, as an investor, developer, and a financial advisor. After graduating from business school in 2006, he joined Credit Suisse’s power & utilities investment banking group. At Credit Suisse, he was involved in M&A advisory and financing assignments for various power sector clients. Prior to joining John Hancock, he was at Competitive Power Ventures where he helped develop and finance about 1,000MW of renewable energy and gas fired power projects. Pradeep holds an MBA from University of North Carolina and an M.S in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama.

Philip Bredesen

Founding Chairman

Philip Bredesen served as Tennessee’s Governor from 2003 until 2011 and Mayor of Nashville from 1991 until 1999. He is known for his bipartisan approach to problem-solving and his careful fiscal management. Among those who have served in senior elected positions, Governor Bredesen has a unique depth of healthcare experience in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to entering public service, Bredesen worked in the healthcare industry. Between research trips to the public library, he drafted a business plan at his kitchen table that led to the creation of HealthAmerica Corp. in 1980, a Nashville-based healthcare management company. The company eventually grew to more than 6,000 employees and was traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The company was sold in 1986. Additionally, Gov. Bredesen is considered a serial entrepreneur, having helped start and mentor several successful companies, many of which subsequently became publicly traded on various stock exchanges.

Laura Zapata

President & CEO, Clearloop

Laura Zapata is the CEO and co-founder of Clearloop, a Nashville-based startup that helps companies of all sizes—from established companies like Intuit to innovative startups like Rivian—cut their carbon footprint and expand access to clean energy in the United States. Zapata made a career in crisis communications and reputation management having worked in Congress, political campaigns, and Uber. She’s now helping companies reach their net-zero and other climate goals with tangible climate action that ensures that the environmental, health, and economic benefits of new solar projects reach American communities getting left behind. Zapata is a strong believer that solar can do more if we’re intentional about the communities where we invest and is eager to tap into the economic power of more companies as they seek to tackle their carbon footprint and strive for an equitable clean energy transition. Zapata immigrated from Colombia, was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Steve Wozniak

Senior Vice President, Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Steve’s primary responsibility is to oversee Silicon Ranches PV Power Plant Engineering and Commissioning teams.  Steve has over 33 years in engineering, management, and construction for the Solar and Power industries.  Experience includes all phases of EPC from development through construction and start up.  His leadership roles have encompassed development, multi-disciplined engineering, estimating, procurement, permitting, EHS, project management and construction.  He has 13+ years of design and field experience installing and maintaining over 9 GW of large-scale utility solar power plants, both domestically and internationally.  Steve was also involved in several working groups for solar power such as SEIA and the NEC to help drive the direction of utility scale solar. 

Jen Randolph

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Jen is responsible for leading our HR function. People are our biggest asset at Silicon Ranch and the people strategies she is creating is helping grow and sustain our team. Jen joined Silicon Ranch with 22 years of HR experience in various industries, most recently in manufacturing with Bridgestone.

Amanda Nichols

Senior Legal Counsel

Amanda counsels Silicon Ranch’s business development, finance, and executive teams, where she supports the negotiation and management of significant transactions and execution of Silicon Ranch’s strategic plans. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Amanda practiced in a large regional law firm advising clients in M&A, corporate finance, and project finance transactions across an array of industries.

Morgan Day

Vice President, Projects

As Vice President of Projects, Morgan is responsible to oversee and execute the day-to-day operations of the LPC (Local Power Companies) and Clearloop portfolio of projects. Responsibilities include planning for projects, estimating, deploying and managing resources including labor, equipment, and subcontractors, and confirming proper close out of projects including ensuring the projects are achieving maximum resource efficiency and effectiveness. Morgan has more than 27 years’ experience with a proven track record of safe, high-quality project execution on time and under budget. His experience spans the power industry from gas turbines to coal fired boiler units and has been primarily focused in renewable energy and solar projects since 2017.

Kati Cook, CPA

Senior Vice President, Controller

Matt Brown

Regional Vice President, LPC 

Matt serves as Regional Vice President, LPC for Silicon Ranch and has been with the company for nearly 9 years. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Matt worked in various management capacities at TVA both in renewable energy program management and economic development. Matt and his team are responsible for developing community and utility solutions for distributed and utility scale solar projects across multiple geographies in the Southeast, developing win-win-win solutions for all partners.

Luke Wilkinson

Senior Vice President, Project Development

Luke manages the Project Development team at Silicon Ranch. His team is responsible for identifying greenfield assets, negotiating land agreements, community and economic development, permitting, and de-risking assets prior to handing off the projects to the engineering and construction teams. Luke ensures his team keeps projects on schedule and budget through the development lifecycle.

Nick de Vries

Chief Technology Officer

As Silicon Ranch’s Chief Technology Officer, Nick is charged with identifying and leveraging emerging technologies that enable Silicon Ranch to support the US domestic supply chain and demonstrate the sequestration of carbon. Nick has more than 20 years of diverse renewable energy, semiconductor, and military experience that inform his current work, including executive positions at SolarCity, Phoenix Solar, and Applied Materials. Nick’s renewable energy industry expertise spans module and cell manufacturing, photovoltaic project design and operation, auxiliary grid services, as well as the prediction and demonstration of the energy harvest of novel PV technologies. He has also worked on manufacturing amorphous silicon modules, and on process machine control of cell splitting and cascading cell bonding processes with heterojunction crystalline cells. Silicon Ranch owns projects that Nick himself designed nearly a decade ago, including the first transmission interconnected PV plant in the Southeast. Nick holds patents in both PV module manufacturing and design. While at Applied Materials, he advanced the use of statistical process control to enhance the reliability of production equipment. He has led the commissioning of process equipment at Intel semiconductor factories in both the U.S. and Europe, and entire solar cell factories in India, Germany, Spain, and China. Nick served his country on active duty as an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, with tours in Kuwait and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Nick is currently leading Silicon Ranch’s efforts to develop Cattle Tracker, working with the DOE, leading universities, and regenerative ranchers; Cattle Tracker is Silicon Ranch’s Integrated PV System Design and Management Platform for the co-optimization of cattle-grazing and PV solar generation while measuring the impacts of these efforts on the surrounding ecosystem dynamics and soil health.

Paul Russell

Senior Vice President, Project Delivery

Paul Russell oversees the procurement department at Silicon Ranch Corporation, a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon and battery storage solutions. During his nearly six years at Silicon Ranch, Paul has worn many hats and been instrumental in Silicon Ranch’s growth during this period. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Paul worked as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company and an international law firm in Houston, Texas. Before attending law school, Paul taught high school special education in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America.

John Marcarelli

Regional Vice President, WECC/SPP

John leads the business development and origination efforts for Silicon Ranch and leads the expansion of utility-scale power plants, storage, and value-added energy services into new geographies. The origination team works electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities, and commercial clients to achieve their economic and sustainability goals through cost-effective energy solutions. John has worked in the renewable energy industry for over two decades, covering all aspects of the value chain, from small-scale, off-grid power systems to heading up US origination for a global distribution company. John joined Silicon Ranch in 2015 following several years with the global engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm that built Silicon Ranch’s early projects.

Gaurab Hazarika

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Initiatives

As Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Initiatives, Gaurab drives our integrated value proposition and processes across various groups, such as project development, energy delivery, Clearloop®, and Regenerative Energy®. This includes implementing tools to track project portfolio development and construction, collaborating with key stakeholders, and contributing to enterprise resource planning. Additionally, Gaurab’s focus extends to strategic initiatives involving market analysis, identifying partnerships, and leading deals to enhance SRC’s market position and project acquisitions, especially in the areas of carbon and regenerative land management solutions.

 

Todd Aquino

Executive Vice President, Energy Delivery

As Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery, Todd’s primary responsibility is to oversees silicon Ranches Utility Planning, Interconnection, Substation Engineering and Development Engineering teams. Todd has provided quality leadership and electrical designs for electric utility, industrial and other clients for over 31 years. His leadership role encompasses directing groups of multi-disciplined engineers and designers in support of engineering and construction projects. His design work includes electrical renewable integration, energy storage, substation physical layout, equipment selection, bus design, grounding design, panel wiring, and control house design. He has field experience installing and maintaining large scale battery, inverters, and flywheel systems for industrial clients.

Andrew Katz

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development

Andrew works directly with the Executive Team to lead the development and implementation of the Company’s corporate strategic plan thereby enhancing the analysis of and response to market conditions, and ensuring proactive monitoring and identification of sources of capital to meet outstanding and planned commitments. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Andrew served as a VP in Morgan Stanley’s Global Power & Utilities practice within the Investment Banking Division where he played a lead role in Silicon Ranch’s 2020 equity raise. Andrew earned a BA in Economics from Rollins College in 2009 and an MBA from The Yale School of Management in 2016.

Richard Johnson

General Counsel

Richard is responsible for managing all legal functions for Silicon Ranch Corporation and its solar energy projects, including corporate governance matters, regulatory matters, financing and development transactions, construction and procurement, acquisitions, and project management affairs. Before joining Silicon Ranch, Richard was an attorney in the corporate transactional group at Venable LLP in Washington, DC, where he represented clients in connection with M&A and financing transactions as well as general corporate governance matters.

Boris Schubert

Chief Operating Officer

Boris Schubert has been driving the energy transition for more than 20 years with a focus on global renewable power deployment. As Silicon Ranch’s Chief Operating Officer and the President of SR EPC, LLC, a fully‐licensed general contracting subsidiary of Silicon Ranch, Boris applies Silicon Ranch’s integrated closed-loop model to the entire solar and storage project portfolio across the complete lifecycle: Development, Delivery, and Operations. He enables Silicon Ranch’s rapid growth by expanding its project inventory into new markets and use cases across the U.S, and by enhancing overall performance of its power plant portfolio. 

Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, as GM of Renewable Power Development at Shell, Boris was leading an effort to provide cleaner energy solutions to customers across the globe. Previously, Boris served as the CEO of Q.Cells US, heading up the company’s full spectrum of PV Modules, Development, EPC, and O&M services.

Michael Payne, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Michael is responsible for managing all aspects of Silicon Ranch Corporation’s finance and accounting functions. Michael oversees the company’s internal and external financial reporting, regulatory and reporting compliance, and accounting operations. Michael brings over 20 years of financial reporting and accounting experience in a wide variety of industries for both public and private companies. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Michael worked on the corporate finance team of Asurion and previously worked for Ernst & Young in Nashville and Brussels, Belgium.

Matt Beasley

Chief Commercial Officer

As Chief Commercial Officer, Matt manages the interface between Silicon Ranch and external stakeholders, including customers, local communities, and the broader industry, with additional focus on business development and corporate strategy. Matt is also a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Since Matt joined the team in early 2015, Silicon Ranch has grown from an early-stage startup to become one of the largest and fastest-growing independent power producers in the country.

Matt brings more than twenty years of global communications expertise, business development leadership, and entrepreneurial experience to the company’s executive leadership team. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch in 2015, Matt held assignments in New York, Tokyo, and London to develop and implement marketing strategies for large multinational clients. He later led business development efforts across a range of strategic initiatives for one of the country’s premier infrastructure firms. From late 2015 to early 2019, Matt served as President of the Tennessee state chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (TenneSEIA).

Matt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Erin Hanratty

Erin Hanratty

Project Manager II at Silicon Ranch

“Ryan, you mentioned the entrusting to other people – it was kind of wired within all of us while we were in the military. You had to learn how to trust the people you’re with, because you were working so closely on teams and with teams. At the end of the day, teamwork was the hallmark of success. So that’s just instilled in us to – not to automatically just trust everyone, but to learn how to cultivate that trust. Because at the end of the day, that’s what’s going to make an organization successful and what you really need for any sort of team to be successful. Especially, like we said, in this high-pace, changing environment…

I think it’s extremely important to be pulling in vets, not just at Silicon Ranch, but to the whole energy industry, because the soft skills and the adaptability are really key to the person doing well in that kind of volatile, robust industry. Those skill sets will help grow the industry through these volatile and robust times.

It’s been really refreshing also to see at Silicon Ranch that we’re not just pulling in from one branch. There hasn’t been one cliche or cookie-cutter pathway of the same community from the military where we’re recruiting from. It’s all across the board. We have several Navy, we have a bunch of Army, we have some Air Force. So that’s also a key thing to remember in the recruitment of vets – it’s such a wide spectrum of experiences that can be capitalized on, and can contribute from different branches and communities in the military. So that’s been really cool to see here at Silicon Ranch as well.”