Our People at Solas Energy Consulting

Team: Our People

Solas Energy, a women-owned enterprise, provides comprehensive consulting services for renewable energy solutions throughout Canada and the US. The company’s expertise spans development and management of industrial and commercial projects involving wind, solar, hydrogen, energy storage, electrical vehicles (EV), and hydropower.

With over 20 years of experience in project development, construction management, and climate change advisory, Solas Energy provides its clients with the depth and perspective required to navigate the complex issues associated with renewable energy project development and climate change policy.

Team: Our People
Evelyn Carpenter

Evelyn Carpenter

President and CEO, US
Evelyn is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting and has been a distinguished member of the renewable energy industry for over 20 years. In addition to her project management and due diligence experience, she specializes in risk assessment, operational reviews, and oversight of construction projects. Evelyn has proven success in a rapidly changing industry, leading the organization to grow and respond to new technologies, markets, and policies. She takes great pride in mentoring and developing a new generation of renewable energy professionals.
Paula McGarrigle

Paula McGarrigle

President and CEO, Canada
Paula is the co-founder of Solas Energy Consulting. A respected professional with 20+ years of experience in the renewable energy sector, Paula has participated in many industry shaping projects as well as numerous policy initiatives by governments and industry associations. She enjoys the challenge of a growing industry which is incorporating new technologies, developing new markets, and responding to evolving regulatory regimes at a rapid rate.
Adrienne McGarrigle

Adrienne McGarrigle

Project Lead
Adrienne has extensive experience navigating regulatory matters for renewable energy projects. She has completed competitive reviews and supported feasibility analysis, constraints analysis, and due diligence reports for many projects across North America. Adrienne also coordinates our climate change education presentations. She finds great satisfaction supporting the future of renewable energy both locally and around the world.
Alison Gunther

Allison Gunther

GIS Technician
Allison supports GIS tasks for a wide range of projects and serves as the lead drone pilot for Solas Energy. Her experience includes remote sensing, geospatial analysis for habitat distribution, and modeling climate change scenarios, as well as advanced image analysis techniques. Allison enjoys providing the critical information and analysis that project leaders require to make the best decisions for their project.
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Andrew Zakhem

Electrical Project Engineer
With over 2 years’ experience in commercial and residential solar as a designer and installation manager and an internship in large-scale construction, Andrew has development and on-site experience with projects of varying scale. Andrew uses his electrical and mechanical engineering background to assist with technical contract, design, and electrical review and develops preliminary designs, specifications, and estimates. His love for renewable energy led him to Solas Energy, he enjoys the innovation in the industry and strives to work towards a greener future. 

Cathy Syme

Senior Associate
Cathy is an accomplished renewable energy asset manager with more than 25 years of experience in project management, process implementation and improvement, financial reporting, contract negotiations, compliance, due diligence, and strategic planning. She also has extensive experience acting in owner and lender representative roles. Cathy appreciates being able to make a difference in the world and preserve the wonders of the planet for future generations through her work in the renewable energy space. 

Chloe Ford

Assistant Environmental Project Manager
Chloe is an environmental professional with over 8 years of compliance and permitting experience. Her expertise extends to developing and implementing Environmental Management Systems that cater towards the ultimate goal of a more sustainable workplace. Chloe is committed to using her skills and passion for solving the complex social and environmental challenges the renewable energy industry faces.
Christian Forster

Christian Forster

Assistant Project Manager
Christian has over 8 years of construction industry experience. He has a technical background in environmental consulting, supporting the commercial and energy development sectors. Joining Solas Energy in 2020, Christian supports project management on renewable energy projects as a member of the Construction Management division. His combination of environmental consulting and construction management experience gives him a unique skill set to keep projects on track. As a life-long outdoorsman, he enjoys working in an industry that will create a more sustainable future.

Christine Felz

Environmental Project Manager
Christine is a seasoned environmental professional with experience in permitting, compliance, and due diligence services throughout the entire project lifecycle. Her expertise extends to land management and permitting, water rights, contract negotiations, property due diligence, and community engagement. Christine enjoys using her problem-solving skills to create a cohesive project from many individual pieces. She views each project holistically to find a balance between community input, operational needs, and environmental stewardship.

Clay Yellow Horn

Renewable Energy Technologist 
Clay holds a diploma from the Southern Alberta Institution of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET). Clay has telecommunications, and oil and gas field experience as well as experience in technical evaluation and design review. He is detail oriented and has strong QA/QC skills in data management. Clay joined Solas Energy Consulting in 2021 as a Renewable Energy Analyst. Clay has contributed to the submission of two AUC applications totaling to 726.6 MW.

Elena Ezquerra 

Renewable Energy Analyst
With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Elena uses her knowledge of innovations in green technologies to apply real world solutions for our clients in the fight against climate change. She brings considerable experience working with hydrogen technologies, from transportation applications such as electric vehicles to hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. Elena believes that development of the clean energy sector is integral in our planet’s transition to a more sustainable future, and is passionate in her work toward achieving this goal.

Felipe Uscátegui 

Director of Project and Construction Management
Felipe brings over 40 years of energy industry experience to his leadership role within the Construction Management division. His experience includes construction planning, engineering, and project management for the development and execution of more than 4 GW of utility-scale wind, solar, energy storage, and biomass generation facilities. Felipe finds satisfaction in building renewable energy infrastructure to support a sustainable, zero-carbon future. He also brings a strong background in global management to his role, and fluency in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. 
Gabriel Risbud-Vincent

Gabriel Risbud-Vincent

Renewable Energy Analyst
After completing two summer terms with Solas Energy during his university studies, Gabe has recently returned to us after graduating with his engineering degree. Gabe provides support on a variety of renewable energy projects, including designing computer programs for data analysis, completing glare reports, and contributing to numerous project reports. Gabe is excited to be actively helping to reduce the world’s carbon footprint through his work with Solas Energy.
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Jade Glaister

Emerging Technology Intern
Jade is a student at Colorado School of Mines, studying mechanical engineering and energy. She is very passionate about renewable energy and aims to further develop its growth in the energy industry. As the renewable energy emerging technology intern, Jade researches new technologies, primarily robotics and artificial intelligence, that could benefit the clean energy industry. She hopes to apply her findings to improve the implementation of renewable energy and distribution of energy resources.

Jami Wong

Communications Manager
Jami manages Solas Energy’s marketing initiatives, branding, and public relations. She holds an MBA and has more than 20 years of experience in developing global marketing organizations focused on semiconductors, software, and sustainability. Jami chose to start working in clean tech over 10 years ago because she sees sustainability as part of her personal responsibility and legacy. 

Jerry Fuchs

Senior Associate
Jerry brings more than 30 years of experience in the wind power industry to the team. His knowledge spans all aspects of wind power project evaluation and implementation. Jerry has directly participated and managed project development teams responsible for identifying, developing, and acquiring large portfolios of wind power projects, and transitioning projects from development into construction and commercial operation. He has played a key role in the development, construction, finance, and operation of 1,000 MW of wind power projects. 
Jon Johnson

Jon Johnson

Senior Construction Manager
As a Senior Construction Manager, Jon has over 18 years of experience in construction management, including over 10 years of utility-scale wind and solar projects, transmission line, and substation construction. Jon’s expertise includes site supervision, site safety, QA/QC oversight, managing equipment suppliers, managing construction contractors, and contract compliance. Jon has overseen construction on over 2000MW of wind, solar, and battery energy storage projects across the US and Canada. He is proud to use his skills to make a positive impact on rural communities with the development of renewable energy projects.
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Joseph Block

Assistant Electrical Project Manager
Joseph is a veteran and electrical professional with 13 years of technical and project management experience. His electrical engineering studies focus on energy systems, power electronics, and energy economics at Colorado School of Mines. His work with energy infrastructure includes developing and verifying designs for wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal energy generation totaling over 1.5GW. Joseph’s responsibilities focus on the design and construction management of projects under development, construction, or operation.
Julie Hunter

Julie Hunter

Accounting Manager
Julie is a Senior Finance and Accounting Executive with over 25 years of management experience in the public and private sectors. Julie is dedicated, detail-oriented, and has been meeting the accounting needs of Solas Energy Consulting since 2016. She enjoys working with our clients, vendors, and employees and strives to build trusting relationships so that all business processes and requirements are met. Julie specializes in all aspects of business management, legal necessities, insurance requirements, taxes, cost accounting, planning, budgeting, payroll, and human resources.
Katie Calsyn

Katie Calsyn

Project Engineer
Katie is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Katie has always wanted to work in renewable energy and be part of the growth of clean power in the US to lessen the effects of climate change. With Solas Energy, she has supported over 1 GW of PV and BESS Projects with research, inspection, progress tracking, and construction management. Katie loves being able to continue learning about advancements in the renewable energy world.

Kelby Rohr

Construction Manager
Kelby is a seasoned Construction Manager and Site Supervisor with over 27 years of renewable energy project and construction management experience. He treats every project as if he were the owner and takes exceptional pride in delivering the highest quality product for clients. Kelby enjoys his work in the renewable energy sector, especially knowing that he is contributing towards a more sustainable future for the generations to come.
Laureen Wray

Laureen Wray

Office Manager
Laureen Wray is a well-rounded professional with expertise in team leadership and organizational administration. She has supported many renewable energy projects as well as coordinating a climate change education initiative offering training and support to Alberta educators.
Marinda Hanson

Marinda Judson

Staff Scientist
Marinda is an attentive team member with experience in project management and organization, research, and due diligence. Joining Solas Energy in 2020, she provides consulting support for utility-scale renewable projects through environmental compliance, regulatory and permitting support, and cultural resource management expertise. With a strong, multi-disciplinary fieldwork background, Marinda’s drive to contribute to the renewable energy industry is rooted in environmental stewardship and the preservation of resources.
Maureen Kolla

Maureen Kolla

Director of Grid Modernization & ESG
Maureen’s deep understanding of renewable energy, electricity distribution, and developing technologies provides invaluable perspective to our clients. Her focus on relationship building, strategic planning, and project development helps projects grow from idea through execution. Maureen founded the Alberta Smart Grid Consortium and sits on the Board of Directors of Green Learning Canada.
Melody Cote

Melody Cote

Assistant Project Manager & Senior Project Administrator
With over 25 years of industry experience, Melody has earned a reputation as a valuable, versatile team member. Her responsibilities include procedure development and implementation, cost accounting and forecasting, contract management, due diligence, progress reporting, FAA filing, Compliance Management System development, project close-out, and QA/QC oversight. Melody has provided construction administration support on 1048.4MW of wind and solar projects across the US and managing budgets totaling over $1.9 Billion.

Michelle Hauer

Renewable Energy Analyst
Building upon her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michelle has gained considerable experience supporting the development of technical standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. She has led numerous green building education initiatives and is excited to use her research, knowledge, and experience to encourage sustainability-related behaviour changes that will reduce our environmental footprint.

Michelle Nicholson

Project Scientist
Michelle is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville with a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Practices. She has always been interested in creating a more sustainable world, learning about renewable technologies, and finding a way to communicate both to a broader audience. Joining Solas Energy in 2022, Michelle supports projects and clients through her background in project management, logistics, international business, and communications.
Sheridyn Randolph

Sheridyn Randolph

Project Engineer
With over 4 years of industry experience and a technical background in environmental engineering, Sheridyn assists with environmental compliance and monitoring, permitting, bid evaluations, due diligence, and provides construction support by managing scope and design obligations. Since joining Solas Energy, Sheridyn has grown to love the fast-paced environment and developing industry of renewable energy. She enjoys the feeling of camaraderie in the industry and the drive make a difference for future generations.

Shrian Jivan

Project Engineer Intern
Shrian is a student at Colorado School of Mines where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Having completed 2 years at Mines, Shrian has gained a passion for renewable energy, sustainability, and development of clean power. Through Solas, Shrian has familiarity with PV and BESS systems over 1 GW in size. Shrian supports projects and clients through research, project management, and organization. 

Stephen Glendinning

Senior Associate
Stephen has two decades of experience as an environmental consultant. He has a strong technical foundation in environmental assessment, pre-construction monitoring programs, due diligence, regulatory review, and post-construction monitoring. Stephen takes pride in helping renewable energy projects meet all of their environmental goals.
Troy Brannan

Troy Brannan

Electrical Manager
Troy is an Electrical Manager with over 6 years of experience in electrical management, with an emphasis on industrial electrical systems and controls. His background in electrical technology includes extensive fieldwork as well as project planning and client relations. As a member of the Construction Management division since 2020, Troy has supported on-site construction teams with electrical and mechanical inspections and commissioning support. He enjoys using his extensive knowledge to provide solutions for each of the unique projects he supports.
Vincent Prado

Vincent Prado

Quality Manager
With over 7 years of industry experience, Vincent leads Solas Energy’s QA/QC services within the Construction Management division. He has worked on over 2GW of wind and solar projects including new construction, operations, and repower. Vincent is proficient in QA/QC on Vestas, Acciona/Nordex, GE, Clipper, and Siemens Gamesa turbine platforms. After recognizing a shift in the energy market, he took the opportunity to move into renewables and is proud to help improve the lives of others in this growing industry.
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Solas Energy provides comprehensive strategy and consulting services to support the energy transition. With over 20 years of experience in project development, construction management, and climate change advisory, Solas Energy provides its clients with the depth and perspective required to navigate the complex issues associated with renewable energy project development and climate change policy. 

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