About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to transform our energy future by creating freedom to choose a smarter, cleaner, more flexible way forward. We do this by investing in our clients, our landowners, and our partners who create energy projects, technologies and companies that better the human condition, as well as the communities where our projects are located.

Our Values

Integrity:

We do business the right way, every time. Our personal integrity, our mission and our impact is more important than any monetary gain. 

People:

Our business is a collection of people that can do more together than any of us can do alone. We challenge and help improve each other.  We search out clients who share our values and that we can genuinely and positively impact. ​

Passion:

We are passionate about giving our customers the freedom to choose, solving each client’s challenges, the environment and getting the future of our energy economy actualized in a smart and clean way. 

Focus:

Our team demands a privilege of focus, only taking on projects and opportunities that we can execute at the highest level and with the greatest success. We turn down projects and opportunities that stretch our bandwidth or distract from our focus. ​

Fun:

We enjoy the work we do, we enjoy our clients and we make sure to have fun along the way. Our mission is as much about creating happiness for us all as it is about transforming the energy industry. ​

Balance:

Our team is a group of recovering workaholics who understand the importance of balancing work and life in a meaningful way. Balance allows us to be present with our clients and also allows us to want to stay engaged with each other and our mission for the long term.

Our History

Formed in 2014, TurningPoint Energy is a privately held company with some of the lowest overhead and profit requirements in the energy industry.  This lean approach gives TurningPoint Energy the ability to make decisions quickly, and to customize projects to the unique needs of each client. Our team of seasoned energy industry professionals have collectively originated, developed, financed and/or built over 2 Gigawatts (GW) of the solar projects operating in the U.S. today.

Independent and Self-Funded

TurningPoint Energy has been completely independent and self-funded since day one. It has no equity investors and no requirements to use others’ products or services. It is structured as a greenfield development company that brings in investors to purchase and take it out of projects once portfolios of projects are ready for construction.  

Adaptable Approach

Our team understands that solar development requires more than a cookie-cutter approach. TurningPoint Energy adapts its approach to the custom needs of each project. Part of its flexibility is its independence: TPE is not bound to a particular technology or financing structure. Instead, TPE sources the right technology and financing for each project. Utilities tell TPE that no other company is more reasonable with which to negotiate or build projects than TurningPoint Energy.

Cultivating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Workforce

We believe that diverse teams are better teams. At TurningPoint Energy, we wholeheartedly recognize that building teams with a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds increases employee engagement, innovation, and business success. Our team is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace, welcoming of all backgrounds, genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, and abilities. We strive to create a company culture where equitable and inclusive practices empower every member of our team be their best.
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Jared Schoch, Founder and Chairman

Jared Schoch is the founder and chairman of TurningPoint Energy.  He served as its president from 2014 – 2023, leading 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, Mr. Schoch managed more than 3GW worth over $5 billion of solar and energy efficiency projects working with utilities, school districts, cities, counties, hospitals, federal agencies and industrial clients throughout the U.S. Prior to starting TurningPoint Energy, he worked for SOLON Corporation as vice president and general manager of the U.S. power plants business where he helped expand and restructure it for success and profitability forward. Prior to that, Mr. Schoch spent nearly five years starting and organically growing SunEdison’s U.S. utility-scale solar development business. He was also a leader in business development at Johnson Controls in energy efficiency, as well as a marketing consultant in the high-tech space during the 1990s. 

Mr. Schoch 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. 

Salar Naini, President

Salar Naini is president of TurningPoint Energy, leading origination and development of community solar and related clean tech generation opportunities and supporting the development of project financing resources at TurningPoint Energy.  Mr. Naini joined the company in 2016, and served on the executive team since 2020, where he drove the strategic direction of the company and managed new market development. Over his career, he has held various roles in business development and finance and has successfully developed over 3GW in solar projects, with over 500MW of that being community solar. He currently sits on the board of the Coalition for Community Solar Access and is the Treasurer of the national trade association.   

Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Naini was the principal at SolCom Energy, LLC where he originated and developed California-specific customer-financed solar projects. Mr. Naini has also worked at NRG Energy where he 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 both utility scale and DG portfolios. 

Mr. Naini holds a Master of Finance from Creighton University’s Heider School of Business and is a Provost Scholar from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. 

Adam Beal, Executive Vice President of Development​

As executive vice president of development, Adam Beal oversees all real estate, land development and permitting activities for the company. Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Beal founded 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 maintained an equity stake in 19 operational solar facilities in the Northeast U.S. Before 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 U.S. and its 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 Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University. 

James Marshall, Executive Vice President of Project Operations

As executive 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.

Before joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Marshall founded and led an independent consulting business specializing in the engineering, procurement and construction of solar power plants where he worked with solar energy project investors, manufacturers, and utility companies. Mr. Marshall also 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. He 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.

Bruce Tang, Executive Vice President of Finance

Bruce Tang serves as executive vice president of finance for TurningPoint Energy. Prior to joining TPE in 2019, he spent seven years providing consulting and advisory services for a wide range of renewable energy companies, including developers, manufacturers and investors, across multiple jurisdictions and technologies. 

In addition to his consulting practice, he spent 10 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. Mr. Tang graduated with honors from Harvard University earning a B.A. in European History.

Tom Kirk, Vice President of Real Estate

As vice president of real estate, Tom Kirk oversees and actively leads TurningPoint Energy’s real estate, site acquisition, GIS, and title functions to progress the company’s pre-construction pipeline of solar projects from green fielding through development completion.  

Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Kirk led Leeward Renewable Energy’s real estate and permitting team. He held a similar position for First Solar’s development team. Before that, Mr. Kirk provided real estate expertise to SunPower and was engaged in commercial real estate brokerage for Cushman & Wakefield. Mr. Kirk was integral to the successful development of over 2.5 GW of operational and under-construction solar projects.

Overall, Mr. Kirk has been involved in energy-related real estate work for over 22 years and commercial real estate work for another 10 years prior. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Utah.

Michelle Carpenter, Vice President of Development

Michelle Carpenter has more than 12 years of project development, financing and technical expertise within the renewable energy industry in the Northeast. She has been involved in the origination, development and due diligence on more than 150MW of solar projects. Before joining TurningPoint Energy, Mrs. Carpenter was C.O.O. at a Rhode Island renewable energy company where she helped grow the business from a single operational project to one of the largest developers in the state. She also ran the Northeast distributed generation division for NextEra Energy Resources, helping to spearhead the company’s entrance into the DG space. Her expertise ranges from site identification, qualification and permitting to contract negotiation and regulatory analysis. Prior to her experience in the renewable energy industry, Mrs. Carpenter spent five years in the estimating department of a multimillion-dollar electrical contracting firm. She has a B.S. in Environmental & Natural Resource Economics with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island. 

Franny Yuhas, Managing Director of Development

As managing director of development for TurningPoint Energy, Franny 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. 

Before joining TurningPoint Energy, Ms. Yuhas 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 U.S. Prior to that, she worked in the public transportation industry. Ms. Yuhas holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Salisbury State University (part of the University System of Maryland). 

Jordan Belknap, Managing Director of Development

As Managing Director of Development, Jordan Belknap leads project management and permitting of TPE’s community solar projects. Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Belknap founded HelioAmp Energy LLC, which specialized in solar energy project development, permitting, and construction management. 

Mr. Belknap is an industry veteran with a wide breadth of experience and proven track record of successful project execution. He has designed and constructed over 100 ground and roof mounted solar projects for clients that include government entities, businesses, low income housing, schools, non-profits, and houses of worship. He is a co-developer and an equity owner of 19 operating solar farms in the northeast for which he managed EPC and O&M activities. Mr. Belknap holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Economics from Bowdoin College and is a Massachusetts Licensed Construction Supervisor.

John Kintz, Managing Director of Finance

John Kintz serves as Managing Director of Finance for TurningPoint Energy. Mr. Kintz has over 30 years of project finance, capital markets and development experience and has led, negotiated, and closed over 1GW of transactions in the C&I, utility, and community solar segments of the market.
Within the solar industry, Mr. Kintz has held senior roles in M&A and project finance with firms including Valta Energy, NextPower Capital, kWh Analytics, ET Capital, SolarCity, SunEnergy1, SOLON Corporation, and SunPower. 

Mr. Kintz holds a B.S. in Business Management from Indiana University, is a CFA Charterholder and holds Series 63 and 79 securities licenses.

Nick Theisen, Director of Business Development

Nick Theisen drives origination and development of solar and energy storage opportunities at TurningPoint Energy, from policy implementation to project development and take-out financing. Over the course of his 11-year solar industry career, Mr. Theisen has held various roles in business development and project finance, supporting the successful development, implementation, and financing of more than 100MW and 25 MWh of battery energy storage systems across more than 100 projects spanning 13 states.

Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Theisen spent eight years at SunPower Corporation as Senior Manager of National Accounts Sales. There, he focused on building customer relationships and developing onsite solar + storage projects for U.S. Fortune 500 companies. Before SunPower, he worked for SOLON Corporation in Project Finance and Sales Analyst roles, managing take out financing, and providing project and market analysis for numerous portfolios of distributed generation systems. Mr. Theisen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. 

Caroline Belmont,Manager of Business Development

Caroline Belmont drives origination and development of solar and energy storage opportunities at TurningPoint Energy, from policy implementation to project development. She brings a wealth of experience in utility-scale solar development, energy market analysis, valuation and financing of a variety of power generation technologies across North America.

Before joining TurningPoint Energy, Mrs. Belmont spent time on the Commercial Analysis team at RWE, supporting company strategy, offtake negotiations, and power market modeling. Prior to RWE, she managed the development of 600MW in solar assets in Texas with Intersect Power. Mrs Belmont also spent five years at PA Consulting where she modeled thermal generation dispatch and renewable revenues across the U.S. and supported a wide variety of transactions across the energy space. Mrs. Belmont holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.

Scott Osborn, Director of Project Development

Scott Osborn brings over 24 years of experience in renewable energy development, including site selection, landowner identification, site acquisition, resource qualification/quantification, economic assessment and modeling, use permitting, and environmental study management. Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Osborn was Vice President of Disgen Development Services, where he managed development of portfolios of wind and solar projects and a team of eight developers and support staff.

Mr. Osborn’s experience also includes project development positions with Iberdrola Renewables, Competitive Power Ventures, and Distributed Generation Systems, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Denver. 

Alexander K. Mendelson, Senior Development Manager

As Senior Development Manager, Alex Mendelson is responsible for project management and the successful permitting and site feasibility of projects. Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Alex led Mid-Atlantic Development for SAA | EVI, a national MBE affordable housing and sustainable mixed-use real estate developer. There, he developed over 800 units of energy-efficient affordable housing, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use real estate projects in four states, originated new opportunities, and serving as consulting lead to state agencies on best practices for deploying revitalization capital into underinvested downtowns. Before joining SAA | EVI, Alex was a Project Manager for TurningPoint Energy, where he worked on the Real Estate team.

Alex holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a BA in Urban Studies (with foci in Geography and Architecture) from Vassar College.

Gloria Foxman, Development Manager

In her role as Development Manager, Gloria Foxman manages project development including site feasibility and permitting.

Ms. Foxman previously worked in the Sustainability and Risk Management team at American Tower Corporation, a Fortune 500 communications REIT with operations in 20 countries, where she developed emissions reductions targets and augmented its greenhouse gas accounting practices. She has also worked in real estate sales and property management in New York and Oregon. Ms. Foxman holds an MBA with a focus in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon and an undergraduate degree from New York University.

Keith Jackson, Director of GIS

As Director of GIS, Keith Jackson directs all geospatial (GIS) suitability analyses for the company, working closely with the company’s real estate and site acquisitions teams.  Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Jackson has been employing GIS in multiple fields for 15 years.  His career began at Microsoft, providing GIS analyses for their Virtual Earth (now Bing Maps) software.  Mr. Jackson then worked in environmental consulting with Ocean Imaging, Inc. where he worked with multispectral imagery to map coastlines and kelp distributions over time as well as establish new methodologies to aid in oil spill response efforts.  Following Ocean Imaging, he spent several years in the oil and gas industry providing GIS automation and web application development, primarily focusing on Regulatory and Land department needs. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Ohio University and a Master of Science from Portland State University, where he completed his thesis studying glacier change on Mount Hood, Oregon.

Luis Sanchez, Director of Development Engineering

As Director of Development Engineering, Mr. Sanchez is responsible for managing development engineering in various markets across the nation. Luis comes with vast experience in both the utility and DG markets, with knowledge of the entire process of a project from land selection and interconnection permitting and execution. Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Sanchez spent nearly four years as an Engineering Manager at EnterSolar, a corporate solar developer. He managed the engineering and execution of large ground-mount projects for corporate customers, as well as helped create the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) arm of the company focusing on the execution of projects for community solar developers. Prior to EnterSolar, Sanchez was an Engineering Manager at SunEdison’s Utility-Scale Division for nearly nine years, focusing on the development and execution of large-scale projects across the country; and an Operations Manager at GameChange Solar, an NYC-based racking company, managing the construction services. 

He holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, as well as PMP certified.

Bob Malek, PhD, Director of Development Engineering

As Director of Development Engineering, Dr. Bob Malek is responsible for overseeing development engineering for TurningPoint Energy. Dr. Malek has an in-depth experience in both the regulated and unregulated markets, with expertise in operation, engineering, business management, design, and construction of energy projects. 

Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, he spent nearly two years as Director of Performance Engineering at Summit Ridge Energy where he was responsible for technical due diligence for 200 MW of projects under construction. Prior to Summit Ridge Energy, he spent eight years at American Electric Power where he held various roles ranging from HVDC/FACTS transmission project management, substation design to behind the meter distributed energy resources and utility scale solar projects.

Dr. Malek holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Idaho and an MBA from Ohio University

Joe Philip, Director of Development Engineering

As Director of Development Engineering, Joe Philip is responsible for managing development engineering in various markets across the nation.  He is a solar industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the solar energy industry having worked in every aspect of the field from module manufacturing to design, installation, development, and maintenance of PV systems.

Before joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Philip co-founded Energicity, a West African provider of electricity through solar microgrids, with operations spanning Sierra Leone, Benin, and Liberia. He led the company’s engineering, construction, and maintenance operations. Mr. Philip also spent seven years at SunEdison, where he established the development engineering group and spearheaded sales development for projects ranging from distributed generation to utility-scale installations. Prior to that, he worked for solar energy companies including Spire Solar and Global Solar Energy.

Mr. Philip holds a Masters in Solar Energy Engineering from the European Solar Engineering School at Dalarna University in Sweden, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Peggy Paas, Director of Real Estate

Peggy Paas oversees TurningPoint Energy’s pipeline of real estate acquisitions and is responsible for negotiating a range of deal structures nationwide. She identifies, proposes and implements creative or alternative new market site selection approaches that reduce exposure to permitting and development risks. She develops and manages relationships with internal and external key stakeholders to influence and collaborate on ongoing transactions and project development. She also manages all legal entity portfolios to successfully identify, execute, and monitor necessary governance and compliance activities. 

Ms. Paas has 20 years of real estate experience, including five years within the renewable energy industry. She facilitated and assisted in loan and tax equity closings of more than 50MW in solar projects as well as real estate site control closings of more than 120MW in solar projects. Prior to her joining the renewable energy industry, she was involved in major real estate purchase and debt closings of up to $500MM. In addition, she brings legal research experience, including U.S. water and mineral rights.  Ms. Paas is fluent in Dutch, German and English. She has been a licensed Transactional Paralegal for nearly 20 years, a licensed Nevada Notary Public for nearly 14 years and the President of a Homeowner’s Association.

Bill Rasure, Director of Real Estate

As Director of Real Estate, Bill Rasure is responsible for land-related activities throughout TPE’s national footprint.  He reviews and qualifies parcels for potential community solar development and then leads efforts to negotiate and acquire said properties.  Throughout this process, he maintains professional relationships with the landowners and other key members of the development team, both internal and external, to assure effective and economic completion of projects.

Mr. Rasure has almost 40 years of energy-related real estate experience, joining Shell Oil Company in 1984 and continuing to perform consulting work with Shell and numerous other energy companies and commercial real estate investors over the next 30 years after earning his J.D. and LL.M in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law in 1990 and 1991, respectively.  As global market conditions evolved, Mr. Rasure turned his attention to renewable energy opportunities and his work has been almost exclusively in the industry since 2018.  

Alex Taylor, Director of Real Estate

As Director of Real Estate, Alex Taylor is responsible for TurningPoint Energy’s land acquisition and leasing throughout the United States. She actively seeks potential new sites that are suitable for community scale solar projects and identifies risks and corresponding strategies associated with transaction structures, title matters, and environmental conditions. She possesses the required discipline to achieve extraordinary results and maintains a high level of commitment. She strives to build valuable relationships with landowners and stakeholders which is key to developing successful projects. 

Mrs. Taylor has 10 years of energy-related real estate experience. After beginning her career as an Oil & Gas Landman with ConocoPhillips, she spent the last eight years providing Real Estate Acquisition services for utility-scale solar projects. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Commerce from Texas Tech University with a minor in Legal Studies.

Lori Hardin, Director of Real Estate-Title

As Director of Real Estate–Title, Lori Hardin is responsible for day-to-day oversight of real estate and title-related aspects of TurningPoint Energy’s project development. Ms. Hardin identifies real estate title risks, including surface and mineral rights, and negotiates curative strategies in preparation for project financing. As a part of TPE’s real estate team, she collaborates with the site acquisition team, project developers, and engineers. Externally, she works extensively with title companies, surveyors, and various stakeholders to ensure successful project development.

Prior to joining TPE, Ms. Hardin was the Director of Real Estate and Permitting for Leeward Renewable Energy, where she provided real estate and permitting support for projects across the United States. Before her time at Leeward, Lori practiced law in her home state of Oklahoma with a focus on real estate issues. She negotiated oil and gas acquisitions for both mineral owners and privately held companies, drafted oil and gas Drilling and Division Order Title Opinions for both Oklahoma and Texas operations, and represented clients to cure title deficiencies. Prior to private practice, Ms. Hardin worked for Chesapeake Energy, a large oil and gas company, where she served as a Title Attorney for the land department with a focus on Oklahoma and Ohio title. She also spent several years as an independent landman focusing on mineral title in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas.

Ms. Hardin has 16 years of title-related experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Letters and a minor in French from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.

Steven Kratz, Senior Manager of Real Estate

As Senior Manager of Real Estate, Steven Kratz supports the development and growth of the TurningPoint Energy real estate portfolio. He works to identify viable site locations, while cultivating positive relationships with landowners, and negotiating a variety of real estate contracts.

Prior to joining TurningPoint Energy, Mr. Kratz spent nearly 8 years with Western Land Services Inc. assisting in site acquisition work for community solar projects, and oil and gas projects throughout the U.S. 

He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Management from Hope College of Holland, Michigan. 

Logan Sigmon, Senior Manager of Real Estate - Title

As Senior Manager of Real Estate – Title for TurningPoint Energy, Logan Sigmon manages title insurance services across the company’s multi-state portfolio, maintaining relationships with title insurers, agents and underwriters. She provides thorough risk analysis for real estate title, identifying problematic encumbrances, including surface and mineral rights. She then works to structure and negotiate title curative documents, removing title risks in preparation for start of construction and project financing. She collaborates with the site acquisition team, project developers, engineers, surveyors, and project finance to ensure that TurningPoint Energy’s projects meet all investor expectations.

Ms. Sigmon has more than 12 years of title experience, being employed by nationwide title agents, where she mastered title examination, survey analysis, land development and portfolio management. Ms. Sigmon also holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.