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.

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

President and CEO, Canada
Paula is the co-founder of Solas Energy. 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.
Vincent Prado

Abe Prado

Quality Manager
With over 7 years of industry experience, Abe 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. Abe 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.

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

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.

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.

Donna Dormeus 

Project Administrator
Donna supports Solas Energy’s US-based Construction Management team as a Project Administrator. Donna has an extensive administrative background and holds a bachelor’s degree in English. Her commitment to sustainability and effective communications makes her a valued contributor to advancing clean energy initiatives. 

Elena Ezquerra 

Renewable Energy Analyst
Elena holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Energy Engineering, with a specialization in Renewable Energies. She has extensive experience working with fuel cell and hydrogen technologies, from transportation applications such as zero emission vehicles, to hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. Elena is passionate about her work with hydrogen as a key technology for developing the clean energy sector.

Emily Harrie 

Solar Project Manager
Emily is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. With over 7 years of EPC/GC experience, she brings a unique construction perspective to due diligence, design, preconstruction, procurement, and overall project management. Emily enjoys building strong working relationships with project teams to achieve the ultimate goal – a successful project benefitting the client and the environment. 

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.

Jami Wong

Director of Marketing
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. 

Jamie Sherwood

Administrative Assistant
Jamie supports Solas Energy’s US operations in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a career administrator, she has held various roles with startups (EV and software), social services, and financial organizations. Jamie most recently supported a high-growth consumer goods organization. She is thrilled to join the renewable energy sector and happy to be part of the Solas Energy team.

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

Engineering Project Manager
Joseph is a veteran, certified PMP, and HV electric power professional with 13 years of technical and project management experience. His background includes energy systems, power electronics, and energy economics. Joseph has supported the development and operation of infrastructure for over 3.0 GW of wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal and BESS projects. His responsibilities focus on the design and management of projects under development, in construction, and in operation. Joseph is also part of our FAA licensed drone pilot team.
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.

Liz Willis Soldwedel 

Site Administrator
Liz supports Solas Energy’s US-based Construction Management team as a Site Administrator. Liz has an extensive background in communications and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Broadcast Management. She enjoys being immersed within a focused, efficient, and talented team that embraces innovation to support the clean energy transition. 
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.
Melody Cote

Melody-Ann Cote

Project Manager
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, financial draws and forecasting, contract management, due diligence and IE coordination, progress reporting, FAA filing, Compliance Management System development, QA/QC and site activity oversight, obligation management, client and third-party relations, and project close-out. Melody has provided construction support on over 2 GW of wind and solar, and 3.3 GWh of utility-scale energy storage projects across the US, and managed budgets totaling over $4.3 billion. 

Michelle Hauer

Senior Project Planner
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

Senior Project Engineer
With over six years of industry experience and a technical background in environmental engineering, Sheridyn provides onsite construction support for utility-scale wind, solar, and BESS projects by managing scope and design obligations. She also assists with environmental compliance and monitoring, permitting, bid evaluations, contract reviews, and due diligence work. Since joining Solas Energy, Sheridyn appreciates the fast-paced environment and camaraderie in the renewable energy industry, and the drive to make a difference for future generations.

Shiva Shenoy

Senior Associate
Shiva is a registered professional engineer with over 20 years of experience related to power generation and delivery. His experience spans roles including engineering consulting, EPC, construction management, and survey services. Shiva enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams and working with clients to help them achieve their business objectives.

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.

Taylor Pawlenchuk

Renewable Energy Analyst
Taylor’s expertise includes regulations related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy portfolio standards and economic policy, energy markets, and the deployment of renewable energy sources (wind and solar) and battery energy storage technologies to support the electrical grid. As an avid outdoorsman, Taylor chose a career in renewable energy as way to protect and preserve the beauty of our natural environment.

Titus Hoffman

Assistant Project Manager
Titus is a Civil Engineer and Navy veteran with over 10 years of experience in construction and project management for large-scale commercial projects. He has a specialized background in electronics and solar technology. Titus enjoys identifying opportunities for efficiency improvements, and ensuring his projects are completed on schedule and within budget. As a father, he is excited to work in the renewable energy industry, where he is helping to create a more sustainable future. 
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.

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About Solas Energy

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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