Urban Grid is a leader in building clean energy solutions through utility-scale solar project development. Founded in Virginia, with current operations in 11 States, Urban Grid and its affiliates have approximately to 1,000 MW of projects operating or under construction and an additional 10,000 MW of solar projects currently in development. Our team has a proven track record of delivering large utility-scale solar projects for corporate, industrial, institutional and utility clients to meet their sustainability and renewable energy goals. Our large-scale photovoltaic power plants are a vital source of clean, renewable energy that will help shape the diversified electric grid of the future.

Urban Grid also develops, finances and owns distributed generation solar projects (500kW-10MW) designed to generate consistent operating performance and predictable long-term customer savings. Our focus is to support corporate renewable energy procurement through the long term ownership of commercial solar assets. We do so through secured Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with commercial, utility, non-profit and government customers. With an in-house development fund, internal project investment group, and streamlined operations, we can provide our customers and strategic partners unparalleled flexibility with deal structure and competitive rates.

Board of Directors

Frank DePew

CEO & Founder

Frank DePew is the CEO and President of Urban Grid. In 1991, he founded and built Mid-Atlantic Pension Group that was a pioneer in investment management and accounting for 401k plans. This company was sold to Ceridian Corporation in 1998 and Frank served as President of Ceridian Retirement Services until 2000 at which time he retired to pursue other interests. In 2010, he founded Urban Grid and has led its growth to become a leading distributed generation and utility-scale solar developer on the east coast, having now completed numerous projects for municipal and corporate customers. Frank’s team originated the utility-scale pipeline and is now backed by a major UK based family office.

Mark Cooke

Director-Investor Representative

Mark Cooke serves as Director – Investor Representative on the Urban Grid Solar Projects, LLC Board of Directors. Mark’s brings substantial experience both as a business owner and an investor to the board. Mark is currently the Dealer Principal / GM of Euroclassics Porsche in Richmond, VA, as well as Financial Manager at Million Air Richmond FBO. Mark has extensive direct experience in the solar industry as a direct investor in Urban Grid’s behind-the-meter solar projects totaling more than 15 MW.

Philip Pels

Commercial Director

Philip Pels is the Founder and CEO of PP Asset Management, a family office that specializes in investing and working with highly sophisticated Solar Developers. He has overseen the development and sale of over 25 utility-scale solar projects globally over the last decade. Philip sits on the UGSP board providing deep commercial insight and strategic direction as our business expands into PJM and southern territories.

Mark Jones

Chief Financial Officer

In addition to being CFO of urban Grid Solar Projects, Mark is also the CFO of PP Asset Management. Between 2005 and 2013, during his time at Ernst & Young and Centrica plc (owner of direct energy), he led onshore and offshore wind project financing totaling in excess of $2 billion. Since 2013, Mark has led the solar investment strategy of the PP Asset Management business and has sold over 20 projects across Europe and the Americas with a capital value in excess of $1 billion. Mark is deeply involved in our project financing and PPA strategies.

Simon James

Vice President – Development

Simon has nine years of solar development experience; having managed the successful deployment of over 500 MW grid-connected ground-mounts and 10 MW rooftop corporate PPAs. Simon was Development Manager with Lightsource RE, Europe’s largest solar developer & operator, and later joined PPAM in London and now Urban Grid in our Washington, D.C. office as Vice President of Development where he oversees the delivery of Urban Grid’s growing US solar pipeline.


David Sanders

Chief Operating Officer

David Sanders is Chief Operating Officer of Urban Grid Solar Projects. David’s diverse background managing solar businesses and project development teams drives Urban Grid’s sustainable growth at scale. David’s 20+ year career spans senior management, project development, design/build general contracting, and O&M/AM to business development, operational performance, and asset transaction. David has held roles as SVP, COO, and CEO, building highly functioning teams, improving coordination and efficiency of resource deployment and group performance. Before Urban Grid, David was COO of BayWa r.e. Solar Projects Americas where he managed a 5GW pipeline of utility solar assets in the U.S. and Mexico. During that time, he was a member of the Board of Directors for BayWa r.e. Desarrollos Solares S. de R.L. de C.V., a Mexico-based operating entity. David holds an MBA from Colorado State University.

Leah Garvey

Vice President - Finance

James A. Crawford Jr.

Vice President Development

Mark DePew

Vice President Land Acquisitions & Principal

Colin Mott

Vice President Interconnection

Blair Kendall

Vice President Business Development

Roy French


Julie Subiono

Sr. Office Manager

Ken Carson

Information Technology

Kevin Clark

Project Developer

Patrick McCabe

Project Developer

Brianne Eberline

Associate Project Developer

Dave Dempsey

Pre Development Manager

Ben Spear

Policy Analyst

Nathan Bailey

Financial Analyst

Jordyn Frew

Financial Analyst

Frank Langley

Sr. Accountant

Katie Ellis

Site Finding Specialist

Priyanka Gunduboina

GIS Specialist

Daniel O'Connell

Solar Acquisition Specialist/GIS

Kyle Zaharias

Site Acquisition Specialist

Belete Demisse

Sr. Design Engineer

Nora Browning

Solar Design Engineer

Susan Wolfe-Powell

PV Site Designer

Austin Brier

Interconnection Engineer

Ken Gorvy

Special Projects

Jeff Hudson

Interconnection Manager

James Scott

Director Project Development, Central US

VenKat Konala

Energy Storage Engineer

Virat Kapur

Transmission Planning Engineer

Rob Propes

Project Development

Chad Freckmann

Site Acquisition Specialist

Danny Cassiday

GIS Specialist

Reshwat Rumi Haque

Manager, PV Engineering

Kerri Smith

Human Resources Manager

Sonny Nguyen

Interconnection Engineer

Rebecca Kascsak

Associate Project Developer

Jackie Tagle

Director of Supply Chain

Slade Gleaton

Site Acquisition & Timber Manager

Goodwin Smith

Site Acquisition Specialist

Ilana Ginsberg

Sr. Strategy and Market Analyst

Peter Grobbelaar

Interconnection Project Manager

Bonnie Roderique

GIS Specialist

Thomson Gross

Site Acquisition Specialist

David True

Sr. Director, Origination

Ken Drewry

Site Acquisition Specialist

Jim Halley

Dir., Development Engineering

Daniel Tarin

Performance Engineer