Our Team

 

Accomplished Team of Seasoned Industry Professionals

TPE’s team has demonstrated renewable energy industry experience in the full cycle of large-scale solar project development, including executive management, origination, land development, project finance, design, procurement, construction and operations and maintenance.

Jared Schoch, Principal

Mr. Schoch is the principal and founder of TurningPoint Energy where he leads a team of veteran solar development executives focused on developing large scale solar and related clean tech power plants, advising utility, clean tech and corporate clients and investing in unique clean tech project opportunities. Over his career, he has managed more than 500MW ($1.7 billion) of solar and energy efficiency projects working with utilities, school districts, cities, counties, hospitals, federal agencies and industrial clients throughout the United States. Prior to starting TurningPoint Energy, he worked for SOLON Corporation as its vice president and general manager of the U.S. power plants business where he helped expand and restructure the U.S. business leaving it positioned for success and profitability forward. Prior to that, Schoch spent nearly five years starting and organically growing SunEdison’s utility-scale solar development business throughout the United States. Schoch also worked as a leader in business development at Johnson Controls in energy efficiency services, and prior to that as a marketing consultant launching various products and services in the high tech space during the 1990s. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and a bachelor of arts from Loyola University New Orleans.

James Marshall, Vice President of Project Operations

As vice president of project operations, James Marshall is responsible for the full development, engineering, procurement and construction aspects of solar and related clean tech generation projects.

Mr. Marshall also founded and runs an independent consulting business specializing in the engineering, procurement and construction of solar power plants where he works with solar energy project investors, manufacturers, and utility companies.

Prior to his roles at TurningPoint Energy and his consulting business, Mr. Marshall spent nine years at SunEdison where he designed over 1GW of successful solar projects in the U.S., Canada, Spain and Italy as the lead engineer, director of the utility-scale engineering team, and then global director of engineering and global standards.  Prior to that, he spent several years at both REC Solar and PG&E.  Mr. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and holds CA General B Contractors license.

Franny Yuhas, Director of Business Development

As director of business development for TurningPoint Energy, Ms. Yuhas performs all aspects of solar project origination including site identification, energy off-take agreement negotiation and other due diligence activities to ensure project implementation success.  She works closely with engineering, project finance, real estate for land acquisition, operations and the legal team to ensure project feasibility and that project economics align.  Immediately prior to her role at TurningPoint Energy, Frances worked at WaterSmart Software to exercise her passion to learn more about water demand efficiency supported by data analytics, customer engagement and behavioral science.  Prior to that, she worked at SunEdison for 10 years where she originated over 100 MW of commercial, municipal and utility scale solar projects in the United States.  Prior to that, she worked in the public transportation industry.  Frances holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University (part of the University System of Maryland) and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.

Terry Brown, Corporate & Project Controller

Mr. Brown serves as Corporate and Project Controller to Turning Point Energy. He has been on the forefront of several emerging markets including wireless data, Intelligent Transportation Systems and advanced fenestration manufacturing, understanding how growing industries are capitalized and develop. Among his more notable projects is the mobile broadband network for the renowned iFlorida Initiative, the Florida 511 Project, as well as securing financing for several capital expansion projects. Mr. Brown served as the Corporate Controller for WinDoor, Inc., navigating the firm through the economic recession. Additionally, he has led award-winning teams, earning the Silver Anvil from PRSA in 2013 and Best of ITS Award from ITS-America in 2014. Mr. Brown graduated with honors from Loyola University, earning BBA’s in both economic and finance, as well as an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Linda Grice, PMP, Real Estate Manager

Ms. Grice began her real estate career over 28 years ago in commercial appraisal and development work and augmented her real estate career to include residential sales. Since entering the land acquisition sector, she has worked in more than 20 states and Puerto Rico performing site identification leasing and permitting in wind, solar, telecommunication and  ROW.  Ms. Grice holds the Project Management  Professional (PMP) designation.

Star Harrington, Real Estate Manager

Ms. Harrington is accomplished in land acquisition for drillable and renewable energy (oil & gas, wind and solar) throughout 24 states. She has 14 years of experience in leasing and permitting, title research, curative title work, damages, ROW, mineral rights and ownership, and an additional six years as a realtor in residential sales and seven years residential and commercial appraisal work.

 

Adam Beal, Vice President of Development

Mr. Beal serves as Vice President of Development for TurningPoint Energy, overseeing all real estate, land development and permitting activities for the company.  Mr. Beal is the principal and founder of Lighthouse Advisers, a Colorado-based real estate development consultancy specializing in the renewable energy industry.  In addition to its consultancy work, Lighthouse Advisers co-developed and maintains an equity stake in 19 operational solar facilities in the Northeast U.S.  Prior to forming Lighthouse Advisers, Mr. Beal was employed by SunEdison, overseeing land development and site acquisition processes for 80+ distributed generation solar project sites throughout the United States and U.S. island territories, and handling land acquisition functions for dozens of utility-scale solar projects in the desert Southwest.  He has lent his expertise to over 1,500 MW of now-operational or under-development photovoltaic solar projects.  Mr. Beal has also worked as a commercial real estate broker – licensed by the Colorado Real Estate Commission for over a decade – and has additional experience in retail and mixed-use development.  He is an active real estate investor, and holds a B.S. from Western Michigan University.

Salar Naini, Director of Business Development and Project Finance

Mr. Naini is responsible for origination and development of solar and related clean tech generation opportunities and supporting the development of project financing resources at TurningPoint Energy.  Over his career, he has held various roles in business development and finance and has successfully developed 112MW ($381 million) in solar projects. In addition to his role with TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Naini is the founder and principal at SolCom Energy, LLC where he originates and develops California-specific customer-financed solar projects with other partners.  Prior to forming SolCom Energy, Mr. Naini worked at NRG Energy and was responsible for the origination and development of opportunities for the firm’s public and private sector customers.  Before joining NRG, he worked for SOLON Corporation as a business and financial analyst, playing key roles in the analysis, development and execution of a 24MW project portfolio. Mr. Naini is a Provost Scholar from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and is earning his Master’s in Investment Management and Financial Analysis from Creighton University’s Heider School of Business.

Mariana Moncada, Visual Communications Manager

As the visual communications manager for Turning Point Energy, Mariana Moncada assists the engineering team with their design development and planning through drawing and collaboration.  She is the owner of MMPVDesign, Inc., a solar industry design and visual communications consultancy.  She has served developers, general contractors, and engineers at planning, design development and permitting stages of projects for over 10 years. Her drawings and creative collaboration help coordinate energy, budget and site constraints during all stages of project, from sales to EPC. Her work includes design development for 150+ solar projects for cities, universities and school districts in California as well as 300+ MW in utility-scale projects. Ms. Moncada holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.  She is certified with NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards), AIA (American Institute of Architects) and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ken Kuszpit, Real Estate Manager

Mr. Kuszpit has 30 years of land acquisition experience having worked in 24 different states during that period.  In addition to solar PV sites, Ken has also acquired land or land rights for utility scale wind farms, wireless communications facilities, retail stores and apartment developments. Mr. Kuszpit has also taught marketing research at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has served on two municipal planning commissions.  He has a BA in economics and BS in mathematics from Michigan State University.

Advisors

The team members listed below work with TurningPoint Energy in its development, advisory and investment initiatives and projects.

Blair Loftis, Advisor, Renewable Project Design and Technical Development

Mr. Loftis is the National Program Manager for Renewable Energy at Terracon, Inc.  Terracon specializes in environmental, geotechnical, materials testing, and facilities services with nearly 4,000 engineers and scientists located in over 150 offices throughout the U.S.  Blair has responsibilities for strategic direction, account management, technical efficacy, and operational efficiency for Terracon’s renewable energy services.  Prior to joining Terracon, Blair served as eight years as the Vice President and Global Director of Renewable Energy at Kleinfelder.  In his career supporting renewable energy project development, design and construction he has overseen in excess of 5 GW of wind energy projects and over 4 GW of solar energy projects. Loftis has also been involved in other forms of renewable energy projects including: hydrokinetics, biomass, anaerobic digestion, and geothermal energy.  Mr. Loftis also serves as a testifying expert witness in renewable energy litigation matters and was the lead expert on a $125m litigation dispute involving 97 solar projects in the NJ SREC market.  In addition to his tenure in renewable energy Blair spent a decade in construction management and seven years with PacifiCorp, one of the largest intra-jurisdictional investor-owned electric utilities in the United States. At PacifiCorp Loftis started in construction operations and through various levels of meritorious advancement served as Special Projects Program Manager, Operational Risk Manager, and Director of Corporate Strategy where he was part of the inorganic growth team evaluating M&A opportunities targeting other IOUs. His diverse career has presented him with a unique balance of construction know how and utility business acumen. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology from the University of California at Davis.

Christopher Bergen, Advisor, Land Acquisition, Development and Entitlement

Mr. Bergen is Principal of Altis Energy Services LLC and brings 13 years of wind and solar development experience, including a five-year tenure at Iberdrola Renewables. He has demonstrated success in siting project concepts, building and supervising project teams, managing complex permitting process, and negotiating commercial agreements.  Mr. Bergen developed over 221MW of commercially operational wind and solar projects now in operation, and managed over 5GW of development pipeline across North America.  He holds a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Emory University, and a MBA from the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

Bruce Tang, Project Finance 

Bruce Tang serves as a project and structured finance advisor to TurningPoint Energy. For the past five years, he has consulted to and provided advisory services to a wide range of renewable energy companies, including developers, manufacturers and investors, across multiple jurisdictions and technologies.  In addition to his consulting practice, he has spent ten years working as a structured finance executive with Kala Energy, Lightbeam Electric Company and Recurrent Energy. Mr. Tang also worked for 15 years at the global investment bank, Babcock & Brown, where he specialized in sale-leaseback and partnership finance solutions for transportation and energy assets. He graduated with honors from Harvard University earning a B.A. in European History.

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