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 transacted in excess of $1.5 billion of project financing with regional and global financial institutions, 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.
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 brings nearly 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.
Peter Candelaria, PE
Peter is responsible for the day-to-day technical operations of Silicon Ranch Corporation and is leading efforts to develop innovative power marketing strategies and comprehensive energy solutions for our diverse set of customers across the U.S. Peter brings 20-years of experience in the design/build and energy industry. His background includes EPC and asset management experience in conventional and renewable power projects, EHV transmission projects along with power procurement. As a professional engineer and general contractor, Peter brings tremendous operational depth to the Silicon Ranch team.
Michael Payne, CPA
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 16 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.
Richard is responsible for managing multiple aspects of the legal function for Silicon Ranch Corporation and its solar energy projects, including corporate governance matters, financing and development transactions, acquisitions, and project management. 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.
Jim brings more than 40 years of technology and energy executive leadership to Silicon Ranch. For the past 20 years, he held two separate leadership roles at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). At NRECA, Jim built a national business development team and energized a key accounts program involving hundreds of utility professionals across 47 states. Jim also held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Touchstone Energy where he coalesced more than 750 electric co-ops into a unified national brand. Under his leadership, Touchstone Energy soared to the highest customer satisfaction score of any electric utility network in the country. At Silicon Ranch, Jim leads the company’s growth strategy as we expand our solar portfolio across the United States. Jim is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from the Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University.
Andrew comes to Silicon Ranch from Morgan Stanley where he specialized as VP of Power and Utilities, most notably as one of the lead partners on Silicon Ranch’s 2020 equity raise transaction. 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 Morgan Stanley, Andrew worked for Bank of America and Ernst & Young for five years. Andrew earned a BA in Economics from Rollins College in 2009 and an MBA from Yale University in 2016.
As Vice President of Energy Delivery, Todd’s primary responsibility is to oversee interconnection, substation and generator tie-line design/build work and provide technical support to O&M for related services. Todd has provided quality Project Management and electrical substation designs for electric utility and other clients for over 26 years. His leadership role encompasses directing groups of multi-disciplined engineers and designers in support of engineering and construction projects. His engineering experience includes preparing and developing complex detailed design packages for the construction of new facilities as well as modifications of existing facilities. His design work includes electrical renewable intergration, enegery storage, substation physical layout, equipment selection, bus design, grounding design, panel wiring, and control house design. He has field experence installing and maintaining large scalle battery, inverters, and flywheel systems for industrial clients. He prepares construction specifications for use in bidding construction projects and equipment purchase, factory witness testing, and provides technical support for the construction, as well as testing and commissioning of the substation.
John leads the business development efforts in focused geographies and works to expand Silicon Ranch Corporation’s portfolio of utility-scale power plants and value-added energy services through project development and acquisition. He focuses on distributed generation projects, working with utility and commercial clients to achieve their economic and sustainability goals through cost-effective energy solutions.
John has worked in the renewable energy industry since 2002, covering many aspects of the value chain, from off-grid power system and water pumping to heading up US sales for a global distribution company. John joined Silicon Ranch following several years with the global engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm that built Silicon Ranch’s early projects in the Southeast.
Nick de Vries
Nick is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s operating portfolio, as well as technology decisions for new projects. 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—and Nick now operates—projects that he 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. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Nick is a regular speaker at industry events and has authored several articles. His current passions are the use of predictive analytics to improve performance of solar power plants and the integration of solar farms with regenerative agriculture practices—mostly with sheep and cattle. Hear him talk about it about it on NPR.
As Associate Legal Counsel, Paul manages and supports multiple aspects of Silicon Ranch’s legal function. Prior to joining Silicon Ranch, Paul worked in-house for a Fortune 500 energy company and an international law firm in Houston, Texas. Before beginning his work in the legal field, Paul taught high school special education in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America.