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


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


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. ​


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. 


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. ​


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. ​


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 2013, 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 is completely independent and self-funded, with no investors and no requirements to use others’ products or services. Our company’s low overhead and expenses translate into the lowest prices for our utility and C&I clients and attractive lease and purchase pricing for our landowners.

Adaptable Approach

Our team understands that solar development requires more than a cookie-cutter approach.  We adapt our approach to the custom needs of each client, community, landowner, and project. 

Part of our flexibility is our independence: TurningPoint Energy is not chained to a particular technology or financing. Instead, we source the right technology and financing for each client and project.

Utilities, communities, and landowners tell us that no other company is more reasonable with which to negotiate or build projects than TurningPoint Energy.

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Jared Schoch, Founder and President

Jared Schoch is the founder and president of TurningPoint Energy, and 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 2GW ($3.5 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.

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, Senior Vice President of Finance

Bruce Tang serves as senior vice president of finance for 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 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.

Salar Naini, Executive Vice President of Business Development

Salar 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.

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 a 24MW project portfolio. Mr. Naini is a Provost Scholar from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and holds a Masters in Finance from Creighton University’s Heider School of Business.

Elaine Schoch, Vice President of Marketing

Elaine Schoch is vice president of marketing communications, and brings two decades of expertise in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business public relations, social media and marketing communications. She was previously the director of social media at 104 West. She has developed and implemented integrated public relations campaigns at leading public relations firms including Schenkein, Ogilvy Public Relations and Golin/Harris International for consumer and high-tech clients including Western Union, Home Depot, Qwest Communications, Texas Instruments and Amazon. Her programs have been recognized by the industry with multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America.

Ms. Schoch is also an award-winning travel writer and the founder and editor at Carpe Travel, an online wine travel resource. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Marketing from The University of North Texas in Denton

Michelle Carpenter, Associate 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, Director of Development

As director of development, Jordan Belknap is responsible for project management and permitting of major 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.

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.

Peggy Paas, Director of Real Estate

Peggy Paas, TurningPoint EnergyPeggy 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.

Sonja Word, Director of Real Estate

Sonja Word is the Director of Real Estate-Title for TurningPoint Energy where she directs title insurance services across the company’s multi-state portfolio and maintains executive-level relationships with select title insurers, agents and underwriters throughout the US. She identifies risks posed by encumbrances of all types, including mineral ownership, easements and surface rights. and additionally represents the firm’s interest in structuring, negotiating and drafting a variety of site control documents. She works closely with counsel, project developers, and surveyors to ensure that TurningPoint Energy’s projects meet all investor expectations and document requirements. Ms. Word has more than 25 years of title and title insurance experience, previously owned a title company, has been involved in multi-state, large-scale utility upgrade and replacement projects, major pipeline development, and title examination for permitting, acquisition, solar, water, oil/gas and surface ownership. She has many years of experience preparing title opinions on behalf of attorneys, and her title examination experience includes more than 13 U.S. states and knowledge of title insurance requirements for each.

Ms. Word studied Business Administration at Tarleton State University in Texas and is a licensed Right-of-Way Agent in Texas, a member of the American Association of Professional Landman, the International Right of Way Association, and is a licensed Texas Real Estate Agent.

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

Keith Jackson, Senior GIS Manager

As senior GIS manager, Keith Jackson spearheads 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, Engineering Manager

As Engineering Manager, 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.

Gloria Foxman, Development Analyst

In her role as Development Analyst, Gloria supports TurningPoint Energy’s project development team through project management, research, permitting assistance, site analysis and real estate development-related activities.

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.