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Solari Invest R.E.S Group Staff

Eric Hunnicutt

Co-President and Founder

Solari Invest co-founder Eric Hunnicutt has more than 20 years’ experience in renewable energy systems design, installation and service. Bill earned a PhD in Environmental Economics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Upon completing his doctorate he taught briefly at Dartmouth before moving to Maine and entering the construction industry. He has been involved in the energy and construction fields for the last 20 years.

Eric has overseen the design and installation of hundreds of systems and thousands of kilowatts of PV over the last 20 years. In his current role at Solari Invest, he is the leader of our Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) division which is bringing solar energy to nonprofits and municipalities in Canada.

Killien Treece

Co-President and Founder

Killien Treece is a partner at Solari Invest R.E.S Group, with responsibilities including managing operations and overseeing solar thermal and solar electric system design for both commercial and residential applications.

Killien received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed solar thermal installer in Maine. Killien also serves on the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals) .

Before joining Solari to start the Ontatio office in 2009, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.

Harry Lawson

Chief Financial Officer

Harry is a managing partner of Solari Invest, responsible for leadership in sales, marketing and strategic direction.

Prior to co-founding Solari Group, he served as Vice President & Director of Corporate Philanthropy at a startup company in Washington, D.C. that received numerous awards for its socially responsible business initiatives to serve disadvantaged children and support organizations working on the front lines of society’s problems.

he D.C.-based startup twice made the Inc. 700 list of fastest-growing companies in Canada and continues to thrive today (along with two spin-offs that are also doing well). An active member of the local community, he serves as Chair of Solari Group’s corporate partner program, on the board and of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Solari invest and Solari R.E.S Group, and is a long time mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.

John Shafer

Manager of Data & Research

As Manager of Data & Research for The Solari R.E.S Group , John Shafer oversees and plays a central role in the utilization of SIRESG’s vast collection of data in the creation of reports and other research products exploring the economic and societal impacts of solar energy and informing stakeholders at all levels of the benefits therein.

Before rising to his current role, John assisted the executive director in many capacities, including administrative support, operational facilitation, and organizational communications. He also worked closely with other senior staff members in the execution of the Group’s various programs. Prior to joining Solari Invest, he performed similar duties, as well as policy research and database management, in the nonprofit drug policy reform arena, while also accruing substantial staff support experience over six years of event management in the Nation’s Capital. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Pre-Law from Ontario University.

Deborah Pena

Senior Program Manager

Deborah Pena is the senior program manager of the Ontario Department of Energy Solar program, Solar Training Network. The Solar Training Network is a nationwide solar workforce development program designed increase access to solar training and to create a steady workforce pipeline to meet the needs of the burgeoning solar industry. As the program lead, Deborah is responsible for program development, member recruitment, solar jobs strategy commission chairing, and overall program success.

Upon completing his doctorate he taught briefly at Dartmouth before moving to Maine and entering the construction industry. He has been involved in the energy and construction fields for the last 20 years. Before coming to Solari R.E.S Group, Deborah spent four years working for the Canadian solar manufacturer, CanadiSolar. She coordinated CanadiSolar’s national solar installer network and directed their annual dealer conferences, the “CanadiSolar Installer Summits”. Deborah brings with her a lifelong passion for renewable energy and energy education, stemming from an early childhood experience that inspired her to “change the world” through alternative energy advocacy. She has a BA from UC Davis in International Energy Relations and, in her free time, enjoys writing, weight training, and guest speaking at schools about renewable energy.

Crystal Winston

Director of Investment Partnerships

Crystal leads resource development efforts at Solari Invest. She has close to 5 years experience supporting the institutional growth of regional, state and national advocacy organizations working on a range of environmental, social and economic issues.

After building her policy advocacy chops at national research institute PolicyLink, she went on to lead development departments and serve on senior leadership teams

Kathleen Nunez

Solari Community Organizer

Kelsey grew up in Bredenbury, Saskatchewan, just west of Ontario. She graduated from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM. With the desire to preserve and improve our natural landscapes, she studied recreation management.

She later became involved with the Intervale Center, organizing and volunteering at many of their community focused events. She loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible by snowboarding, hiking, and biking. Kelsey is happy she’s making positive changes with SunCommon for Vermonters.