Ken is responsible for overseeing the IT Department’s focus on providing reliable and secure technology and top-notch support to Urban Grid. His department provides the technical equipment and software needed by the other teams within the organization. He started at a very early age learning to use, repair and program computers, and spent the rest of his life working to hone his knowledge and skills. In his spare time, Ken is working to further his education and training to better support his team. He also enjoys riding motorcycles and rebuilding older cars and motorcycles.
Ken is responsible for the overall direction and day-to-day activities of an experienced greenfield and supplemental Land Acquisition and GIS team that operates across multiple US energy markets and is charged with identifying, evaluating, negotiating and executing long-term land lease and purchase transactions in support of UG’s mission of becoming a major IPP operator.
Ken has a B. Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town and after he and his wife immigrated to the USA, he qualified as a CPA in NY, where he worked as senior manager for Ernst & Young. In recent years, he has delivered C-Suite business consulting services to numerous rapid growth clients primarily in the technology, business services and health care industries.
Ken and his wife are currently based in Richmond, VA and they love to travel, explore art museums, and visit with their two adult, married children, a son living on the West Coast and a daughter living abroad.
Peter is responsible for the Project Control team’s focus to serve as an assurance function, monitoring and reporting on projects from development to delivery to assure that they remain on schedule and within budget, while identifying potential risks and latent issues.
Peter’s expertise spans the energy industry, with a focus on renewable generation, utility operations, grid integration, EPC & Construction Management. Prior to joining Urban Grid, Peter spent several years in Duke Energy’s Resource & Project Management department.
Peter holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, a Professional Project Management certification from PMI, as well as an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy spending time with his family, and pursuing opportunities on ski slopes and coral reefs.
Jim is responsible for leading the engineering team that designs the solar projects developed and constructed by Urban Grid. The engineering work begins with a conceptual design in the early development stage and concludes with a detailed design and energy model. Jim has led the development and final design plans of approximately 230 solar farms from entitlement through erosion control to close-out; 1.4 GW constructed; 10.7 GW actively in design. Work experience includes 10 years in renewables, 12 years in stormwater design and permitting, and 6 years in geotechnical engineering. Jim is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s from NC State University. During his free time, he enjoys exploring new areas on day hikes with his family (two and four legged), traveling out west, and mountain biking.
Lance is responsible for our Estimating, Scheduling, Project Management, Supply Chain, Construction Management, and HSSE. Prior to Urban Grid, Lance had over 30 years of project and program management experience on both Client and EPC teams in Chemicals, Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear, Mining, General Infrastructure, Solar, Refining, LNG, Data Infrastructure, and Pipeline market segments internationally for both for private and governmental sectors in Australia, India, Southeast Asia, China, Philippines, Middle East, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, and US and Canada.
Lance and his wife enjoy traveling having now visited over 80 countries and territories.
Shaun is responsible for leading the Transmission and Interconnection teams’ focus on new project siting and early project development. These two teams study injection capacities at prospective project locations on the grid and develop interconnection strategies to maximize project size while managing interconnection costs.
Before joining Urban Grid, Shaun worked at PJM Interconnection for approximately nine years. Shaun has worked in all major divisions of PJM including system operations, planning, and wholesale markets. Most recently, Shaun was a member of PJM’s R&D and was responsible for managing various grid enhancing technology projects.
Outside the office, Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife and young son, and working on DIY projects around the house.
Val leads the team focused on local engagement, coalition building, corporate giving and local government affairs, while creating and delivering project campaign strategy and messaging throughout the lifecycle of our projects.
She previously led Marketing and Communications for the company, leveraging her 20-year background activating marketing programs for top brands and global non-profits in the public education space. Her passion for startups and doing good work for good causes led her to renewables in 2016, heading up marketing for solar IPP Coronal-Panasonic. Before Urban Grid, Val spent two years as part of the launch team at Lumin, an energy management venture, as VP of Marketing and communications.
In addition to holding a BA in Communications from Pennsylvania State University, Val is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications at Penn State. Gardening, canning and cooking consume her spare time in the (seasonally) empty nest she shares with her husband and two Yorkies in Charlottesville, Virginia.
As Sr. Director, David is responsible for leading Urban Grids business development team. He works closely with internal teams to identify and move projects into commercialization, coordinating all aspects proposal development and supporting a range of task necessary to contract with offtake. In addition, he manages M&A project aquisition and divestment opportunites. David brings more than 14 years of experience in the renewables industry and leverages his commercial and technical expertise to advance business development opportunities forward.
Prior to joining Urban Grid, David did business development for over 6 years with a subsidiary of Southern Company which is one of the country’s largest IOUs. Other experience in solar and the renewables industry include working for Direct Energy (retail, wholesale electric and gas in deregulated markets), Wood PLC (global engineering and construction company). David brings expertise in the energy industry across a range of generation resources, in both regulated and deregulated markets.
Stewart is responsible for co-leading the Acquisition team in the identification and acquisition of greenfield projects while also supporting the supplemental land team. His expertise in mineral ownership has helped identify and cure risk across the UG projects.
Prior to joining Urban Grid, Stewart’s worked in land acquisition in the mid-stream and upstream energy sectors for more than a decade with a primary focus on mineral leases, right-of-way, and surface use agreements to support operations.
Stewart holds a BA in Political Science from Allegheny College, as well as a Masters in Energy and Natural Resource Law from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Stewart is also a Certified Professional Landman through the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Outside of work, Stewart enjoys the great outdoors and building new memories with his wife and two kids.
As Urban Grid’s Controller, Caleb leads the accounting team overseeing accounting, financial reporting, and technical accounting, while supporting tax compliance activities and financial system implementation activities, to support the company’s transition to an independent power producer.
Prior to joining Urban Grid, Caleb spent 15+ years in both public accounting and private industry, working with companies ranging from startups to large publicly traded companies across multiple industries leading financial statement audits, SEC and financial reporting activities, and managing complex accounting matters, among other duties, in roles of increasing responsibility.
Caleb holds a BSBA and MS in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Oklahoma and California. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys following Formula 1, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends at a concert or in the back yard around a fire and something on the smoker.