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.

 

 

Carrie Horrocks, Co-Vice Chair

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, Co-Vice Chair

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.

 

 

Ukiah Busch - Co-Secretary

 Ukiah Busch has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit management, partnership building, program implementation and     fundraising. He is the Director of Public-Private Partnerships at Partners of the Americas where he oversees former President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund in partnership with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.  In 2020-21, Mr. Busch established a partnership with Boston-based NGO Second Nature to convene stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean to explore models for catalyzing climate action among the region’s colleges and universities. 
 
Mr Busch has built funding partnerships with numerous public and private sector donors, including the U.S. Department of State, Coca-Cola, Southwest Airlines, Qulacomm, Banorte, Gruma, AgroAmerica, Cementos Progreso, AT&T, SENAI, SENA, MetLife, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ICETEX, and MinCiencias, among others.
 
Ukiah grew up in Cherry Log, GA and lives in Alpharetta with his wife and two children. He is passionate about climate and energy issues, as well as social and economic justice.
 Mr. Busch earned bachelor’s degrees in Italian, French and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Masters of International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. 

Michael R. Jones - Co-Secretary 

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.

James Reilly - Treasurer

James is a renewable energy investor and advocate based in Atlanta. He currently works as a policy analyst with CleanCapital, a leading investment platform for distributed solar and storage with more than 200MW across the US. In this role, James tracks policies at the national, state, and local levels, and advocates for policies that encourage distributed generation.

James is excited about the outlook for solar here in Georgia, and he is particularly interested in expanding access to solar for schools and non-profits. In partnership with Southface Institute and Creative Solar, James recently helped finance and develop a solar + storage project for a charter school in Atlanta, helping it become the first school in Georgia to go 100% solar. Previously, James worked at Peachtree Equity Partners, an Atlanta-based mezzanine fund and licensed Small Business Investment Company. He holds a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a MSc in Carbon Finance from University of Edinburgh. He and his fiancée live in Atlanta with their cat and dog.  

 

Directors:

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. 

  

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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Scott Moskowitz

Scott Moskowitz is the director of market intelligence and public affairs for Q CELLS North America, where he directs strategy, partnerships, and leads communication and policy efforts for the company. Scott also currently sits on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Industries Association, where he advocates for policies to grow the solar industry at large and support domestic solar manufacturing. 

Prior to Q CELLS he worked for GTM Research (now Wood Mackenzie), the leading market intelligence firm in the U.S. solar market. There, he led a five-person analyst team researching technology trends and market competitiveness in the solar, storage, and wind energy industries. He earned his master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University. A native of Marietta, he currently resides in Decatur with his wife and young daughter.

 

Christopher Matos Rogers

Prior to real estate, Christopher spent five years working in marine biology. Working closely with marine animals gave him first hand experience with a variety of environmental issues. Also coming from a family of builders, architects, master craftsmen and REALTORS®, he grew up deeply entrenched in housing. This led to him founding Georgia’s only sustainability-focused real estate team, Matos-Rogers Group.

Leadership and visibility in the space, quickly allowed him to be a leading voice on the intersection of sustainability and real estate in Georgia. In 2018, he was tapped to lead and create an all-new sustainability committee at the Atlanta REALTORS® Association, the largest local REALTOR® association in Georgia with over 12,000 members. In this role, he led a team that collaboratively worked with non-profits, local governments, and businesses in the sustainability space to connect and educate REALTORS® on this rapidly growing sector of real estate. Educating fellow REALTORS ® leads to more green-competent agents, and helps support the value of solar and energy efficiency features at the time of sale.

His leadership experience has since included involvement on the Sustainability Advisory Group for the National Association of REALTORS®, graduating from Leadership DeKalb in 2019, and multiple awards for leading progress in the REALTOR® organization. Christopher and his husband have been enjoying the many benefits of driving EV-only, since 2014.

Mallory Agnew

Mallory is the Channel Programs and Special Events Manager for sonnen, Inc. She is responsible for the management of the Preferred Contractor Program – tracking data and providing marketing support to solar contractors. She handles all Digital Marketing including monthly newsletters, social media management, and website updates. In addition, she also coordinates webinars, tradeshows, and other special events. Mallory is passionate about sustainability and increasing awareness for not only solar energy, but also the future of clean energy with solar + storage.

Mallory graduated from Georgia College & State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Marketing. Before joining sonnen, she worked in Marketing for various industries including plumbing manufacturing and Atlanta based businesses.