GA Solar Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Montana Busch, Co-Chair

Montana Busch has been working closely with commissioners, utilities, code enforcement entities, and other renewable energy and electrical contractors for over a decade. Montana is President of Alternative Energy Southeast ("AES"), a full-service electrical contractor established in 2007 that specializes in the feasibility, design and installation of alternative energy systems. AES has completed hundreds of projects in the state of Georgia and they've also been selected for several Solarize Campaigns. As a board member and Chairman of GA Solar, Montana advocates for fair utility policies/regulations relating to behind-the-meter projects. Montana promotes smart grid services, micro-grids, solar+storage, blockchain applications and other innovative technologies that will improve how Georgia uses energy. 

Montana graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Renewable Energy Technologies and he's a Georgia-licensed Master Electrician. Montana has known he wanted to pursue a career in renewable energy since he was 16 years old and started AES at age 20. He is a dedicated advocate for the global adoption of clean energy.


Jennette Gayer, Co-Chair

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.

 

 

Thatcher R. Young - Vice Chair

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. 

 

Carrie Horrocks - Treasurer 

Carrie oversees the administrative, accounting & financial, human resource and risk management operations of the company, including the development of a financial and operational strategy at Radiance Solar.  Additionally, she is responsible for the Operations and Maintenance division directly. In her role as CFO, Carrie provides strategy and metrics to guide Radiance and ensure their goals are met. She also serves in a fiduciary capacity to investors and board of directors. Prior to Radiance, Carrie worked in manufacturing - most notably overseeing the financial piece of construction and operations of a PET Resin recycling facility in Fayetteville, NC (a joint venture between her firm and Shaw Industries in Dalton). 

 Carrie holds a BSBA in Accounting from Appalachian State University, a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant.

Seth Gunning - Secretary 

Seth Gunning is a native of the South who currently serves as Sales Manager with Creative Solar USA. Seth is both a NABCEP Certified PV Installation and Technical Sales Professional, and had previously worked for over a decade as an energy and climate policy advocate with various non-profit organizations around the Southeast. Seth is interested in growing behind-the-meter distributed generation and driven by increasing equity and access to the big benefits of clean solar energy.

 

 

Directors:

 

Kelly Cutts 

Kelly is a Program Manager III in the Energy Resources Division of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority(GEFA). She helps manage Georgia’s State Energy Program funding from the Department of Energy including drafting the annual budget, reporting, program development, and monitoring. Kelly designed and continues to manage GEFA’s Solar for Schools and Georgia Solar grant programs which include partnering with solar stakeholders and subject matter experts, soliciting participation from colleges, public schools, cities and counties, and program evaluation. She served as GEFA’s representative to Georgia’s 2015 International Energy Conservation Code Task Force and also manages GEFA’s Building Operator Certification program. Before coming to GEFA in 2015, Kelly served as Division Director of Planning and Programs for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Seth Gunning 

Seth Gunning is a native of the South who currently serves as Sales Manager with Creative Solar USA. Seth is both a NABCEP Certified PV Installation and Technical Sales Professional, and had previously worked for over a decade as an energy and climate policy advocate with various non-profit organizations around the Southeast. Seth is interested in growing behind-the-meter distributed generation and driven by increasing equity and access to the big benefits of clean solar energy.

 

 

Carrie Horrocks 

Carrie oversees the administrative, accounting & financial, human resource and risk management operations of the company, including the development of a financial and operational strategy at Radiance Solar.  Additionally, she is responsible for the Operations and Maintenance division directly. In her role as CFO, Carrie provides strategy and metrics to guide Radiance and ensure their goals are met. She also serves in a fiduciary capacity to investors and board of directors. Prior to Radiance, Carrie worked in manufacturing - most notably overseeing the financial piece of construction and operations of a PET Resin recycling facility in Fayetteville, NC (a joint venture between her firm and Shaw Industries in Dalton). 

 Carrie holds a BSBA in Accounting from Appalachian State University, a Master’s of Science in Accountancy from Wake Forest University, and she is a Certified Public Accountant.

Tim Jarrell

Tim Jarrell is vice president of power supply and planning for Cobb EMC since 2013. His team is responsible for all power supply planning and management, rates, distributed energy resource strategy, and strategic planning. From 2006-2013, Tim was Cobb EMC’s associate vice president for information system programs, where he was responsible for enterprise software solutions, project management office, business intelligence and enterprise integration. 

Tim has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Florida State University and has completed graduate work in organizational management, accounting/finance and business administration.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

Polly Sattler 

 Polly Sattler is a Senior Sustainability Planner at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where she manages a broad array of programs to reduce the airport's environmental impact.  The programs include the Airport Employee Ride Option (AERO) to provide commuting options for employees , installing almost 300 EV charging stations for public use, the use of 2 fully electric buses and developing a green purchasing policy for the airport.
 
Prior to working with the airport, Polly had her own consulting company where she did projects with One World Sustainable Energy, Sharpe Solar and Turner Renewable Energy as well as social venture investment and loan funds to promote investment in sustainable companies.  Ms. Sattler also worked as a lobbyist with Georgia Conservation Voters where she hosted Sustainable Business Day at the Georgia State Capitol to engage legislators about the economic impact of sustainable businesses in Georgia. Polly has worked with a number of non-profit organizations in Georgia including Southface Energy Institute, EarthShare of Georgia, the Georgia Environmental Council and GreenPlate. She has a Master's degree from George Washington University in Environmental and Resource Policy.

 

Michael R. Jones

 

 Michael is a corporate attorney with a strong background in intellectual property and business-oriented technology, including more recently in the area of solar energy. As an Attorney with Trusted Counsel, Michael handles licensing, technology, data privacy, information security and commercial agreement issues. He advises clients on IP and technology licensing, outsourcing and services agreements. He is responsible for negotiating complex technology transactions involving software licensing, data analytics services, cloud hosting services, R&D, data privacy and information security. He also manages a large volume and variety of other transactions, negotiates standard and complex corporate and commercial agreements, and balances legal and business risks for clients.

Michael grew up in Loganville, Georgia and lives in Virginia-Highland with his husband Scott and his rescue pup Sofia. He and Scott both grew up in the Atlanta area and are excited to return after nearly 12 years in New York City. He regularly volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (he has the CIPP-US certification). He is passionate about social justice issues, LGTBQ youth and animals (especially dogs), as well as classical and jazz music and theater.

 

Andrew Saunders

Andrew is director of the Central Services Department of Athens-Clarke County. He served as the sustainability officer for Athens-Clarke County since July 2017 and coordinated the development of a sustainability plan and a community commitment to using 100% renewable energy. He also reduced internal energy expenses of the ACC government by $450,000 in less than 18 months, secured $1.9 million of funding and oversaw land acquisition projects, according to a news release by the ACC government. He worked in the Central Services Department for 10 years prior to serving as sustainability officer.

Andrew is a sustainability professional with advanced knowledge regarding renewable energy, building systems, public administration, natural resources management, GIS, and urban tree management.

 

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