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With 15 years of legal experience in residential and commercial real estate, Don began working in the solar industry in 2011 developing distributed generation and utility scale solar PV projects. Don has developed several MWs of solar for TVA and Georgia Power solar programs as well as commercial and residential applications providing turn-key development services including site selection; financial modeling; program and incentive compliance; permitting; and contract drafting and negotiation. Don is founder of Solar CrowdSource, a platform to facilitate Solarize, Community Solar, and peer-to-peer crowdfunding programs and rapidly accelerate the growth and reduce soft costs of solar in Georgia. Don is a proud to serve as Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Mary-Hayden Britton is currently the Director of Service at EPC Hannah Solar, LLC, where she manages over 100 megawatts of solar assets throughout the Southeast. Hannah Solar, headquartered in Atlanta, is a full service, NABCEP certified solar integrator dedicated to providing design, procurement, construction and service of solar arrays. Mary began her career in the renewable energy industry in 2013 when she assisted with the operations for the American branch of a Swiss based solar inverter manufacture, SolarMax USA, Inc. In early 2015, she joined Hannah Solar to re-vamp their Operations and Maintenance division.
Julie Hairston is the president of GigaWord Communications. Formed in 2013, GigaWord Communications provides a broad range of services essential to successful business branding and marketing. GigaWord specializes in sustainable products, companies and initiatives, offering award-winning expertise at reasonable rates to power your message. Before forming GigaWord, she served as a senior account executive with A. Brown-Olmstead Associates.
During her career, Julie has been honored with more than a dozen state, regional and national awards for reporting and writing. A graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, she chairs the marketing committee of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and serves as vice chair for the marketing committee of the Atlanta Press Club.
Since 2011, she has served as the Communications Director for the GA Solar and as Secretary on its Board of Directors. She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen Elkind is a Managing Partner at Beltline Energy, a regional leader in renewable energy development. Beltline Energy is focused on marrying technical design, strong local relationships, and superior economic value to deliver stable renewable energy assets that achieve both fiscal rewards and positive community impact.
Prior to joining Beltline Energy, Mr. Elkind was the Senior Director of Development for OCI Solar Power, an industry-leading solar power developer that owns and operates renewable energy facilities ranging from 2MW to 100MW across North America. Mr. Elkind joined OCI in 2012 to head up their 700MW portfolio of projects in MA, NJ, TX, CA and AZ. He led project advancement of the first two 40MW facilities and first 105MW facility of OCI’s Texas-based 400MW initiative, bringing 805 jobs and over $700 million in economic development to the San Antonio area. He is an active member in the Georgia Solar Energy Association and serves on the GSEA policy committee.
Prior to OCI, Mr. Elkind managed the portfolio of solar projects in Massachusetts for Elm Solar, leading teams to identify rooftop and greenfield sites as well as assess acquisition projects for the 400MW Solar Carve-Out Program. He actively participated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for state legislation as an industry contributor for the net metering initiatives and was part of the initial SREC facility rollout in Massachusetts.
Mr. Elkind’s role in solar finance comes from his participation in the investment banking team at Bear Stearns where he was involved in over $500M of M&A transactions and $780M of IPO.
Public Policy Committee Co-Chair
An attorney with the firm of Trusted Counsel, Allen focuses on corporate and technology law; corporate finance and private securities; corporate and partnership tax; executive and other non-qualified compensation; corporate and individual real estate (1031 exchanges) and wills, trusts and estate law. He is involved with renewable energy and sustainability initiatives and has assisted clients with obtaining federal and state grants and other subsidies with regard to renewable energy projects and also represents clients in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Allen is listed in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite for the practice areas of Taxes, Estates & Trusts and Corporate Law and is AV® Peer Review Rated in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.
Prior to joining Trusted Counsel, Mr. Bradley was a Partner at Stites & Harbison, as well as Foltz Martin, LLC, and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. Before that he was vice president and general counsel for Shepherd Systems, Inc., practicing in the areas of general corporate and tax law, executive and other non-qualified compensation intellectual property licensing and portfolio management.
Allen lives in Atlanta with his wife Lila Bradley and enjoys canoeing and sea kayaking.
William P. Ewing
William P. Ewing is a partner in the Atlanta office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Department.
Mr. Ewing represents clients in the energy industry in a wide variety of transactions, including in partnership investments, financings, leasing transactions, acquisitions and sales of energy related assets. He has represented investors in a range of tax credit transactions, including renewable energy, refined coal, synthetic fuel, coke, new markets and affordable housing tax credit transactions.
Mr. Ewing has significant experience with corporate, partnership, international, tax credit and leasing tax issues. His corporate practice includes mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of business enterprises, spin-offs, complex partnership investments, and structuring for a number of U.S. inbound and outbound transactions. Mr. Ewing also assists businesses in the tax audit and controversy area.
Mr. Ewing received his B.S. in business administration/accounting from Washington and Lee University in 1986. He earned his J.D. in 1989 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation in 1992 from the University of Florida College of Law.
Mr. Ewing is a member of the American Bar Association (Tax Law Section), the International Fiscal Association and the Atlanta Tax Forum. He is admitted to practice in the states of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Ted Fluri is a 27-year Commercial Banker in the Atlanta Metro area. He is presently a Vice President and Relationship Manager at Fifth Third Bank. Prior to that he was Business Banking Director with Wachovia, where he spent 15 years. Ted is the renewable energy liaison for the Bank’s Georgia initiative and responsible for growing this vertical in the Georgia market. Fifth Third is a significant lender in this space with tens of millions committed; particularly in North Carolina. Ted is active in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is a Chairman’s Club Member. He has been involved over the years with organizations such as the United Way, Childkind, American heart Association, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and others. A native of New York, Ted resides in Bishop, Georgia close to Athens and has for children.
Ms. Gayer coordinates policy development, public education and research for Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center. She is based in Atlanta and focuses on bringing cleaner air, water and open spaces to Georgia.
Previously, she worked as a Consumer Advocate with CALPIRG, where she sat on the state of California's Bureau of Automotive Repair and helped to found Angelenos for Equitable Access to Technology a media reform community group. Ms. Gayer grew up in Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary.
Internal Policies and Procedures Committee Chair
Mark Gould is a partner at the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory LLP and is Co- Chair of the firm's Renewable and Alternative Energy Team. He is also a member of the firm's International and Commercial Real Estate Practice Groups. His practice includes the representation of clients developing renewable and alternative energy facilities, multi-family housing complexes, mixed-use and urban redevelopment projects, and other transactions involving public/ private partnerships or financed with tax credits, tax exempt bonds, government grants and incentives and other types of conventional or subsidized financing. He also represents wind turbine manufacturers and the suppliers of other equipment and components used in the production of solar and wind energy.
Mark is Co-Chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association's International Section and is also the Editor of the Committee's newsletter, the ENR Global Report. He is also active in the American Wind Energy Association and the State Bar of Georgia. Mark received an A.B. in Economics from Brown University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
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Education Committee Chair
Dana Clare Redden is CEO of Solar Concierge, an Atlanta, GA based consulting firm specializing in the evaluation, financing, design, specification, procurement, installation, operations, and maintenance of multiple solar energy applications including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar lighting, and building integrated solar technologies. Strategically positioned to represent the client in the solar procurement process, Solar Concierge fulfills a unique void for cities, municipalities, commercial entities, parks, k-12 schools, colleges and universities that desire an unbiased, professional evaluation of solar energy potential within their specific energy, education, and business goals. An educated and impartial decision making process is critical in the adoption of any technology, and with a combined 30+ years experience in solar procurement, Solar Concierge has lent its expertise to a multitude of sectors including healthcare, higher education, parks and recreational centers, primary and secondary schools, multi-family, transit, and retail applications.
Prior to founding Solar Concierge in Georgia in 2012, Ms. Redden implemented various distributed generation solar projects in San Diego County, Riverside County, and Orange County, California.
Communications Committee Co-Chair
Karen Stevenson is the owner and principal of KYS Communications, LLC, a strategic communications and public relations firm, specializing in transportation and clean energy issues. KYS has worked with nonprofits, government and private sector clients. KYS specializes in public education campaigns for nonprofits with limited budgets. Stevenson has lived in just about every region of the United States. A Chicago native, she formerly worked as a television producer for KPIX-TV in San Francisco and holds a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Thatcher R. Young
Thatcher Young is Director of Business Development at Radiance Solar, and isresponsible for leading direct sales and business development efforts for EPC and O&M work for commercial, industrial, and utility customers focusing on 1MW+ systems. This includes client management, proposal development, project oversite, sales strategy, marketing, PR and company representation. Radiance is a leading Design, Engineering and Construction firm