GA Solar Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Russell Seifert

Chair

Russell Seifert, founder and CEO of Creative Solar USA, has spent nearly a decade building one of the Southeast’s largest residential and small commercial solar installation companies. He founded Creative Solar USA, headquartered in Kennesaw, GA, in 2008 after a successful 25-year career in the automotive industry. He recognized early on the potential of the emerging solar market as a career opportunity that could also fulfill his personal goal to offset his life’s carbon footprint.

With his strong sales skills and associate’s degree in electrical engineering from SUNY Broome, he has made a significant contribution to the growth of the Georgia solar market. Creative Solar USA recently participated in the highly successful Solarize Decatur/Dekalb initiative as its residential installer and has installed solar throughout Georgia, the Southeast and as far away as Arizona.

Close to home, he has served on the GA Solar board since 2014 and on the CEO Roundtable of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce since 2012. In 2016, Creative Solar USA was named the Cobb Chamber’s Contractor of the Year. He currently holds the position of Co-Vice Chair. During his career in the solar business, he has consulted with the University of Georgia, the Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, and other government entities to help them better understand and facilitate solar installation. Most recently, Creative Solar USA worked with the City of Decatur and the City of Atlanta to streamline the permitting process for distributed generation solar projects, providing a template for other cities to emulate. He lives in Cherokee County.

Jason Bodwell

Vice Chair

Jason Bodwell is a Client Service Manager/Senior Consultant for Jacobs.  This role includes several functions such as business development, project delivery, project management, and client relations.  Jason’s clients are primarily municipal clients in the Metro Atlanta area where his focus is on water, wastewater and solar project development.  Prior to Jacobs, he spent nearly 14 years operating the public infrastructure financing programs at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) where he created a solar lending program and provided financing for several solar projects around the state.  Jason has worked with hundreds of municipalities in Georgia and hopes to leverage his long-standing municipal contacts as well as Jacobs’s global client network to develop more municipal solar projects.  A native of New Hampshire, Jason holds a Masters in Environmental Economics from Duke University.

 

Norman "Finn" Findley

Treasurer

Norman (Finn) Findley is a founder and CEO of Quest Renewables, Inc. Quest has deployed its innovative solar canopy solution, QuadPod(TM), at sites ranging from Washington to Georgia, to Maine. Quest licensed technology from The Georgia Institute of Technology and successfully prosecuted multiple patents that enable QuadPod to provide unique value to the solar industry. Finn's background at Coca-Cola will serve GA Solar well as he melds his experience in a large corporation as well as in a startup to implement creative business solutions.  He is able to relate to both the large companies and small companies that are part of GA Solar.

 

 

 

Directors

K.C. Boyce

K.C. Boyce is senior product director at Escalent, where he works with utilities to create valuable relationships with their business and residential customers. Throughout his career, K.C. has worked across industries and sectors to develop innovative solutions to complex problems and translate subject matter expertise into actionable insight. Before joining Escalent, K.C. was senior vice president at Chartwell, where he led industry and consumer research, conference production and marketing. He also served as the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative’s assistant director, leading its consumer research program. K.C. holds an MBA from Georgia State’s Robinson College of Business and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College.

 

 

Montana Busch

Montana Busch is the President and CEO of Alternative Energy Southeast, Inc. (AES), a full-service electrical contractor that specializes in the design and installation of renewable energy systems. He graduated from North Carolina State University with an education in Renewable Energy Technologies such as solar power, wind power, hydropower, and green building technologies, and he's a licensed Master Electrician.

Mr. Busch has known he wanted to pursue a career in renewable energy since he was 16 years old. Because of early adopters and pioneers like Montana, solar power has been able to achieve grid-parity in 48 states, including Georgia. He is a dedicated advocate for the global adoption of clean energy.

Mr. Busch is a well-known solar specialist in the southeastern region. He has been working closely with commissioners, utilities, code enforcement entities, and other renewable energy and electrical contractors since 2007.

 

Jennette Gayer

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.

 

 

 

Jonnell Carol Minefee

Jonnell Carol Minefee is the managing partner for Solar Tyme USA, LLC, a Columbus, GA based solar installation firm.  Solar Tyme USA, LLC was formed in 2015 and operates throughout the state of Georgia.  Solar Tyme USA, LLC focuses on residential, commercial, industrial, and utility-scale solar projects. 

Mrs. Minefee is considered an advocate for the consumer and constantly providing educational opportunities to share the benefits of solar energy throughout the State of Georgia.  Jonnell Carol Minefee serves on the Planning Department's Citizens Advisory Committee for the Columbus Consolidated Government, President of South Columbus Concerned Council, founder and former President of Columbus VOAD, and currently developing South Columbus Economic Development Association.  Before starting Solar Tyme USA, LLC, Jonnell Carol Minefee has experience as a bench jeweler and jewelry designer since 1997.

 

Don Moreland

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 the 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 proud to have served as the Past Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, a member of the Georgia Solar Energy Industries Association, and as a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

 

Carlos Restrepo

Carlos Restrepo serves as the current CTO for sonnen.  He is responsible for defining and steering the innovation engine for sonnen in the United States centered on the evolution of energy storage systems for residential and commercial applications. Carlos joined the sonnen in February of 2015 as one of the first members of the Atlanta operation stationed in Norcross, GA.  In 2017 he was part of sonnen’s campaign “Puerto Rico Energy Security Initiative" (PRESI), which focused on emergency clinics and shelters on the island after the devastating aftermath of hurricane Maria. 

Prior to sonnen, Carlos held the role of vice president of research and development for SolarMax USA, the US subsidiary of a swiss photovoltaic inverter company. During his tenure at SolarMax, which started in Jan 2013, he was responsible for the development of string and central inverters tailored for small and large solar plants. He was successful at innovating transformerless PV solutions ranging from 18kW all the way up to 600kVA. Carlos was also a senior engineer manager for Eaton and an electrical engineering manager for Siemens residential division. He received his Bachelor and Master in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998 and 2000 respectively.

 

Thatcher R. Young

Thatcher R. Young is the VP of business development at Velo Solar. He is responsible for all aspects of business development, marketing, and PR. This includes sales strategy, team leadership, market analysis and opportunity generation for the company. Focusing on Commercial Industrial and Utility projects across the southeast United States. Velo is a market leader in data-driven, technically excellent, solar solutions customized for your business’s clean energy needs. Prior to Velo, Thatcher was the VP of business development for Radiance Solar. 

Thatcher is also a founding board member of Net Impact Atlanta, an organization dedicated to empowering social and environmental change. He was named one of Georgia Trend's 40 under 40 in 2018, a list that celebrates the state's best and brightest professionals. 

 

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