Who We Are

WE ARE ABLE GRID

Able Grid develops, constructs, and operates BESS facilities from beginning to end. Our team has a wide variety of experience in project development, power markets, and project execution. They have developed and constructed over 2 GW of standalone storage, wind, and solar projects across the US. As a developer, we are technology-agnostic and choose the right battery technology and configuration for our customers’ unique needs.

Able Grid was founded in 2017 to bring stand-alone storage to the electric grid and enable better use of our electric infrastructure.  The team saw a unique opportunity to place storage at key locations on the grid.  With this mission, Able Grid has 3 projects totaling over 300MWs currently under construction and a pipeline of over 7 GW across the US.

 

 

 

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Commercial
Development
Execution
Strategy & Analytics
Finance
[BIO]
Barnaby Olson Chief Executive Officer
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Barnaby Olson
Chief Executive Officer

Barnaby is a co-founder of Able Grid and has more than 17 years in the renewable energy industry with prior leadership roles in project development, construction, and asset management. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University, an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and a BA in Engineering and Environmental Science from Dartmouth College.

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David Cieminis Chief Commercial Officer
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David Cieminis
Chief Commercial Officer

David co-founded Able Grid and leads financing, M&A, and strategic business development activities across the company. He has over a decade working on both behind-the-meter and utility-scale storage and solar projects. He holds an MBA and an MS in Renewable Energy Policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a BA in Political Science and Third World Development from Calvin University.

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Eric Stoutenburg Chief Development Officer
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Eric Stoutenburg
Chief Development Officer

Eric leads strategy for Able Grid’s portfolio of development projects including originating new projects, commercial efforts, and project development. He has over a decade of experience in energy investments and renewable energy project development. Eric holds a PhD in Renewable Energy Integration from Stanford University and a BS in Aeronautical Engineering & International Politics from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Sharon Greenberg Chief Operating Officer
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Sharon Greenberg
Chief Operating Officer

Sharon is an accomplished operations leader with success in building and leading project management and engineering teams in the renewable energy industry. She started her renewable energy career over 10 years ago building teams of engineers, designers, project managers, site surveyors, drafters and others. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Hagen Lee Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer
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Hagen Lee
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Hagen provides leadership for all finance and risk operations at Able Grid Energy. Before joining Able Grid, he was the Head of Business Analytics Group at NextEra Energy based in Juno Beach, Florida. Hagen also worked at Samsung Corporation, where he co-founded Samsung Corporations’ renewable energy business and led the origination of a 2.5GW wind and solar energy contract in North America. Hagen has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

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Tom Noelle Origination Director, Central
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Tom Noelle
Origination Director, Central

Tom is responsible for the commercialization of Able Grid’s energy storage projects in the Central US. He has over thirty years of experience in the energy industry in both wholesale and retail markets with extensive origination, business development, deal structuring and contract negotiation experience and has primarily focused on commercial transactions to support the development of energy storage for the past ten years. He holds an MBA from the Loyola University of Chicago and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago.

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Mark Tourangeau Origination Director, West
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Mark Tourangeau
Origination Director, West

Mark is responsible for the commercialization of Able Grid’s energy storage projects in the Western US. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry in wholesale gas and power markets and in merchant generation, with a focus on origination, business development, asset management, risk management, and finance. He holds an MA in Natural Resource Economics from the University of New Mexico and a BS in Economics from the University of New Hampshire.

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Andria Lake Director of Structured Origination
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Andria Lake
Director of Structured Origination

Andria Lake leads Structured Origination at Able Grid across the country. She has over seven years of experience in wholesale power markets and structured origination. She holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from Tulane University.

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Christina Wolf Senior Director, Development, East
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Christina Wolf
Senior Director, Development, East

Christina leads the development of Able Grid’s projects on the east coast, focusing on real estate contracts, interconnection, and land use permitting. She previously worked on the development of data centers and solar farms, and her background is in environmental law and land use planning. She holds a JD from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and a BA in Urban Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sam Lines Market Director - East
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Sam Lines
Market Director - East

Sam manages market development and strategy for Able Grid’s Eastern markets, directing investment in new projects, interacting closely with ISOs, utilities, policymakers, and various stakeholders in land development to facilitate market entry, project development, RFP bids, and project financing and sales. Sam has over a decade of experience in energy, including roles in solar development and building efficiency. He holds an MBA and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College.

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Ricardo Betts Development Director, West
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Ricardo Betts
Development Director, West

Ricardo leads the development of Able Grid’s projects across the western regions, focusing on greenfield development, real estate contracts, and land use permitting. Previously, Ricardo has led the project execution, development, and management of over $8 billion of Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and Renewable Energy Projects. He holds an MBA from the American Business School in Paris and a BS in Urban Planning/ Housing and Urban Development from Arizona State University.

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Melissa Miller Director of Development, Central
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Melissa Miller
Director of Development, Central

Melissa is responsible for Able Grid’s development activities in the Central US in ERCOT & SPP. An established renewable energy developer with 20 years of US Renewables industry experience since 2002. She has extensive experience in the development and construction phases of large-scale commercial wind & solar project development in ERCOT & SPP, specializing in local economic development and tax incentive negotiation. She has developed over 1GW of operational wind projects and procured over 2GW of solar pipeline. She earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Cartography and she serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of CleanTX, a clean energy and economic development nonprofit in Texas.

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Dustin Pulciani Director of Real Estate
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Dustin Pulciani
Director of Real Estate

Dustin leads real estate and site control efforts of Able Grid’s projects in the Western US, and provides support on all permitting efforts in this area. Dustin’s experience has provided support for small developers as well as Fortune 500 Companies in the areas of real estate law, site development, asset/portfolio management, and title insurance. He holds a JD from the University of Denver Law School and a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Jim Crotty Real Estate Manager
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Jim Crotty
Real Estate Manager

Jim manages real estate and site control efforts of Able Grid’s projects and has over a decade of commercial real estate experience, primarily in real estate transactions, acquisitions, brokerage, due diligence, and deal sourcing. He attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, holds a BA in History from Southern Illinois University, and a Real Estate Managing Broker’s License from Inland Real Estate School.

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Tom Kruger Director of Permitting
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Tom Kruger
Director of Permitting

Tom is responsible for land use permitting and environmental compliance for projects in the Western US. Tom has over 15 years of experience in local land use planning and permitting, state siting permitting, and NEPA review for energy infrastructure projects including wind and solar farm projects and transmission lines. He holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in Biochemistry from Marietta College.

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Justin Adams Director of Permitting
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Justin Adams
Director of Permitting

Justin is responsible for licensing, siting, and permitting all of Able Grid’s energy storage projects in the eastern U.S. He has over twenty years of experience in the energy industry including work at universities, utilities and renewable companies with extensive local, state, and federal regulatory compliance permitting experience. Prior to working for Able Grid, Justin worked for Bloom Energy permitting and constructing many “first of their kind” distributed generation applications. Justin holds an MA in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Dan Cantor Director of Strategy and Analytics
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Dan Cantor
Director of Strategy and Analytics

Dan leads strategy and analytics at Able Grid. He has over ten years of experience in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining Able Grid, Dan spent time at both APL Renewables and SunEdison focused on market strategy and analytics for storage, utility-scale solar, and wind. At each of these previous organizations, Dan supported broader origination and development efforts to identify priority markets and customer needs. He holds an MBA, MS in Environmental Science, and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan.

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Matt Shea Senior Analyst, Strategy and Analytics
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Matt Shea
Senior Analyst, Strategy and Analytics

Matt supports all strategy efforts which includes evaluating the commercial and economic viability of Able Grid’s energy storage projects across the US. Matt holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University and has been with Able Grid since graduating in 2019.

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Blake Taylor Senior Business Analyst
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Blake Taylor
Senior Business Analyst

Blake is primarily responsible for gathering business and energy market data and research to generate meaningful analysis to support investment and development initiatives. Blake has over four years of renewables experience, specifically in wind, solar, and storage, developing long-term market forecasts for energy, capacity, and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for a portfolio of over seven (7) GW across North America. Before joining Able Grid, Blake worked for EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) in the Risk and Markets Department, building economic models for future investment considerations. Blake holds a BS in Geology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

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Jason Knedlhans Director of Engineering
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Jason Knedlhans
Director of Engineering

As a valued member of the Able Grid team, Jason brings with him more than 13 years of experience in the design and engineering of renewable energy systems. He began his career in the industry at Underwriters Laboratories, where he managed renewable energy engineers and developed global laboratories for solar panels, inverters, and batteries. As the Energy Storage Technical Manager at Mortenson, he oversaw modeling, design, engineering, vendors, pricing inputs, and technical innovation, thereby providing Mortenson’s customers with the most economical and technically-feasible solutions. Jason holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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Travis Stowers Engineering Manager
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Travis Stowers
Engineering Manager

Travis performs key technical roles at Able Grid including system design and optimization, performance and cost modeling, as well as vendor and sub-contractor management. Travis led the distribution system interconnection process for a major US utility and oversaw the deployment of the company’s first large-scale battery energy storage systems. He later transitioned to a major US energy storage integrator where he was responsible for system design, vendor selection, and product development activities. Travis holds an MS and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

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Melissa Samaroo Development Engineer
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Melissa Samaroo
Development Engineer

Melissa is responsible for providing technical support to the Development and Operations teams. She has over four years of experience in solar and storage project development. Before joining Able Grid, Mel was the Civil Engineering Team Lead for the Mid-Atlantic and Utility-Scale divisions at Borrego. There, she managed environmental consultants and engineering firms nationwide. She worked closely with the project development team to identify and mitigate environmental risks and oversaw the entitlement process for all projects within the divisions. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and was an ACE Mentor from 2014-2017.

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Evan Praetorius Performance Engineer
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Evan Praetorius
Performance Engineer

Evan is responsible for project performance monitoring and optimization. He has over 4 years of experience working with renewable energy technologies including 2 years of experience in lithium-ion energy storage system analysis and optimization for a portfolio of >500MW installed storage. Prior to working at Able Grid, he spent time at Solectria Renewables, NEC Energy Solutions, and Wartsila. Evan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

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Bree Maria Director of Asset Management
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Bree Maria
Director of Asset Management

Bree leads asset management and commercial operations for Able Grid. She has eleven years of experience in renewable energies and previously led the development and oversight of asset management and financial functions for utility-scale wind and solar developers in the United States and Germany. She is experienced in onboarding projects from construction to operations and establishing effective processes to optimize project value for stakeholders. She holds a BA in Global Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Meredith Hester Director of Procurement
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Meredith Hester
Director of Procurement

Meredith leads all procurement efforts at Able Grid and has over 23 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Management across multiple sectors of the global energy industry, including an extensive background in Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Contracts Negotiation and Management. Prior to Able Grid, Meredith held senior procurement leadership roles with an energy storage developer/operator, a global EPC firm, and she worked for several years in LNG Facility Construction, Production and Export. Meredith holds a BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and she serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Institute for Supply Management, ISM-Houston.

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Anthony Mansoor Director of Construction
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Anthony Mansoor
Director of Construction

Anthony leads the execution of Able Grid’s development assets and is responsible for managing contracts, procurement, and construction through Commercial Operation. Prior to joining he worked for a renewable EPC deploying over 160 MW/200 MWh of energy storage capacity across the Country. Anthony holds both an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Universities of Washington and Michigan, respectively.

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Jim Lucht Senior Construction Manager
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Jim Lucht
Senior Construction Manager

Jim oversees the construction of Able Grid’s energy storage projects and takes pride in providing our customers with the highest quality, longest-lasting solution possible. With over 10 years of renewable energy experience, Jim has installed over 300 MW of energy storage and 1200 MW of wind generation to date and has a long history of constructing highly technical projects across several industries. He holds a BS in Business from Eastern Michigan University.

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Bill Small Construction Project Manager
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Bill Small
Construction Project Manager

Bill brings over 30 years of experience in the construction of power projects to the Able Grid team.  Prior to Able Grid, Bill was Director of Implementation for TransCanada, responsible for the construction of their power projects. This included a portfolio of Wind, Solar, Hydro, and Thermal projects in both Canada and the US. Bill has a BS in Physics from Dickinson College.

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Stephanie Seiferth Proposal and Marketing Manager
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Stephanie Seiferth
Proposal and Marketing Manager

Stephanie manages the proposal and marketing efforts at Able Grid. Before joining the company, she spent time at Primoris Renewable Energy, Stantec, and Quanta Services. In these roles, Stephanie managed proposals from $5 million to over $800 million, and either supported or led all marketing efforts. She holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and dual BAs in Economics and International Trade and Relations from the University of Northern Colorado

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Menaka Kamath Accounting Specialist
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Menaka Kamath
Accounting Specialist

Menaka takes care of personnel, administration, and operational accounting for Able Grid.  Prior to joining the Able Grid team, she was a property administrator for privately owned property management companies in Canada.  Menaka has experience managing over 25 commercial properties for which she led the tenant leasing process, insurance negotiations, maintenance contracts, and lease-related accounting. She has a BHM in Hotel Management from Christ University in Bangalore, a Diplome Superieur in French Language and Culture from the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, and a Post-Graduation Diploma in Human Resources Management from St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration.