Recurrent Energy’s leadership brings over 100 years of solar and energy project experience in project development, engineering, and structured finance for companies such as Calpine, Sunpower, First Wind, Exelon, Prevalent Power and Energy Innovations. Select biographies of the company’s executives are below.
Arno Harris is CEO of Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s leading solar project development companies with 2GW of solar projects in development and a 600MW portfolio contracted with utilities. Arno is a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of business and public policy. He has spent the last 10 years working in the solar industry to help solar make the transition to mainstream energy markets. His success was recently recognized with the Rising Star at the 2011 Platts Global Energy Awards. Arno is board chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), representing 1000+ member companies as the voice of the solar industry in the U.S. He also serves on the board of Advanced Energy Economy and as a member of the Division on Earth & Life Sciences Committee at the National Academies. Arno writes about solar and renewable energy on his blog Clean Energy Future
Judith has over 20 years of power industry experience in the capacities of both legal counsel and consulting engineer. She serves as Recurrent Energy’s Chief Legal Officer, providing oversight of the company’s corporate, transactional, governance and compliance matters. Previously Judith served as Associate General Counsel of Babcock & Brown, a global infrastructure and advisory firm. Judith began her legal career in private practice with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman where she represented energy, real estate, development and technology companies in complex transactional matters. Before law school Judith provided engineering consulting services to electric power utilities, the US Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, specializing in probabilistic risk assessment. Judith received a BS in Mechanical Engineering with honors from UC Berkeley, a JD cum laude from UC Hastings, and an LLM in Business Law from UC Berkeley Law. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is a three-time Ironman triathlete through the Team in Training program.
Sheldon brings over a decade of experience in energy finance and development to Recurrent Energy. He leads all North American project development and origination activities and oversees all aspects of project engineering and execution. Formerly the vice president of finance at Recurrent Energy, Sheldon was instrumental in developing and negotiating the company’s existing projects, fund raising efforts, and joint venture agreements. Previously, he spent five years at Calpine, working on gas-fired power projects and power purchase agreements with large energy customers. He also worked as an investment banker for industrial and natural resource companies at Goldman Sachs, and in Accenture’s strategy consulting practice, specializing in power price forecasting and asset valuation projects for utility clients. Sheldon holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BA in Economics from Kenyon College.
Michael has over 20 years of experience in the energy business. As CFO, he oversees all of the Recurrent Energy's financial operations including corporate and project capital raising, financial planning & analysis, treasury, tax and accounting. Prior to joining Recurrent Energy as CFO, he was Executive Vice President and CFO at First Wind. Earlier, Michael was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Exelon, the Chicago-based utility company, where he was responsible for multiple departments within Exelon Finance including Treasury, Enterprise Risk Management, Investments and Investor Relations. Prior to becoming Treasurer, he served in a number of positions at Exelon, including Vice President of Investor Relations, Vice President of Strategy, Planning and Analysis for Exelon Generation Company, and more. Before joining Exelon in 1999, Michael served in a variety of positions with Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO), where he'd been since 1988. He holds a BA from the State University of New York, Brockport, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.