We utilize this expertise to develop, advise and invest in our clients and partners. Our team member biographies are listed below.
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, Mr. 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, James spent the last 12 years at SunEdison where he designed over 1GW of successful solar projects in the United States, 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. 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.
Adam Beal, Vice President of Development
Mr. Beal serves as Vice President of Development for TurningPoint Energy, overseeing all project siting, site control, site feasibility and permitting activities for the company. Additionally, Mr. Beal is the principal and founder of Lighthouse Advisers, LLC, a Colorado-based real estate development consultancy specializing in the renewable energy industry. Immediately prior to forming Lighthouse Advisers, Mr. Beal served as Senior Manager of Real Estate with SunEdison. In that role, he oversaw solar land development and site acquisition processes for 80+ ground-mounted and parking lot canopy distributed generation solar project sites for high-load commercial customers including military installations, factories, wastewater treatment plants, schools, prisons and the like throughout the U.S. and U.S. island territories. Prior to his promotion within SunEdison, Mr. Beal managed land acquisition functions for dozens of multimillion-dollar, utility-scale solar projects in various U.S. markets. 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 – currently licensed by the Colorado Real Estate Commission – and has additional experience in retail, mixed-use and single-family residential development. He is an active real estate investor, and holds an equity stake in 19 operational solar facilities in the Northeast U.S. Mr. Beal earned a B.S. from Western Michigan University.
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.
Salar Naini, Director of Business Development and Project Finance
As director of business development and 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 the course of his career, he has held various roles in business development and finance and has successfully developed 112MW ($381 million) of solar projects. In addition to his role with TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Naini is also the founder and principal at SolCom Energy, LLC where he originates and develops California-specific customer-financed solar projects with other partners. Prior to his roles at TurningPoint Energy and 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. Prior to NRG, he worked for SOLON Corporation as a business and financial analyst where he played key roles in the analysis, development, and execution of a 24 MW project portfolio. Mr. Naini is a Provost Scholar from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and is currently earning his Master’s in Investment Management and Financial Analysis from Creighton University’s Heider School of Business.
The team members listed below are Members of the Advisory Board at TurningPoint Energy. This team works with TurningPoint Energy in its development, advisory and investment initiatives and projects.
Robert Reichenberger, Advisor – Development and Investment
Mr. Reichenberger is the president and founder of Solar Prime LLC, a Colorado based renewable energy development and services company. He is a solar industry professional with a successful track record of driving value and creating new business models in the solar energy industry. While leading Solar Prime, Mr. Reichenberger led the development of multiple large scale solar projects, including a 48MW project in Texas that is nearing completion. Through Solar Prime’s services group, he created asset management platforms and conducted in depth due-diligence for financing firms. As the head of SunEdison’s utility business in North America, Mr. Reichenberger led a $400M P&L in achieving triple digit growth over an 18 month period, ending 2011 at 140% of plan. He also closed the solar industry’s first large scale REIT solar program with Developers Diversified Realty, then replicated the model across additional REIT customers. Prior to his time in the solar industry, Mr. Reichenberger held various executive positions in the telecommunications industry with Lucent and Ciena for 17 years. Mr. Reichenberger holds a BS in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master of business administration from the University of Colorado.
Nicola Park, Advisor – Business and Project Development
Mrs. Park is the principal and owner of Spiral Energy LLC, a Delaware based renewable energy company specializing in origination, business and project development and advisory services. Prior to founding Spiral Energy, Mrs. Park served as Senior Manager of Project Development and Manager of Power Marketing with SunEdison based in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she currently resides. In those roles, Mrs. Park oversaw utility project origination and development for 150 MW+ ground mounted installations on the island of Oahu. Prior to focus on the Hawai’i Pacific region, Mrs. Park was Manager for utility scale origination efforts in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Southeast (including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) at SunEdison, as well as manager of special projects, power marketing and business development efforts in California, the Southwest, and the Northeast markets at Axio Power. Mrs. Park previously worked in urban planning, sustainable land development, and climate sensitive urban design as a consultant at Grier and Associates and as Manager of the Technical Support Unit of the Planning and Development Department for the Townsville City Council in Australia. Mrs. Park holds a M.B.A degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales; a Master’s of Applied Science degree in Conservation Management from James Cook University; and a Bachelor’s at College of Creative Studies in Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Chris 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.
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.
Bill Carleton, Advisor – Project Management and Construction
William Carleton is the chief operating officer of BioStar Solar, LLC, a solar development and investment company. Bill has been a professional in real estate development for over 25 years managing the development process from design through operation on several successful and award winning projects in commercial real estate and renewable energy. Bill’s keen understanding of the industry from concept through construction and operation has proven critical to his ability to manage projects and maximize efficiencies through transparent communication to influence the success and profitability of projects of all sizes. The list of renewable energy projects include the coordination of design, bidding, construction and commissioning for 125MW of PV solar and hydro projects: five 11 MW projects in New Mexico and one 25 MW project in Nevada. This list continues to grow with our now CHP partner in TX and and as the energy partner for major data centers.
Terry Brown, Advisor – Finance, Analytics and Strategy
Terry Brown serves as a financial, accounting, analytics and strategy advisor to TurningPoint 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 project. 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.