Norwich Solar Technologies announces new team hires and promotions in leadership team –

Contact: Steve Snyder (802) 359-7406
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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT, November 3, 2020 – Norwich Solar Technologies (NST) is proud to announce the addition of two new members to its team and the promotion of two veteran members of the management team. CEO Jim Merriam says, “These changes and additions to our team strengthen our customer service and position NST for growth across New England.”

Martha Staskus, Chief Development Officer

Martha Staskus has been promoted to Chief Development Officer after serving two years as VP of Development. As Chief Development Officer, Martha focuses exclusively on leading site development processes and supporting operations through high-level project and client management.

Martha has considerable project management and development expertise concentrated in renewable energy projects including site identification, land acquisition, feasibly, wind resource and environmental assessments, permitting, outreach and education services, and performance monitoring for wind and solar clients, electric utilities, regulatory agencies and landowners.

In her previous role with VERA Renewables as Vice President, Martha was responsible for the development and permitting of over 5 MW of group net metered solar projects around the state and over 150 MW of utility-scale wind project in New England, including four out of Vermont’s five permitted wind projects.

Martha is Board Vice-Chair and previously served three years as Board Chair of Renewable Energy Vermont, the state’s non-profit clean energy trades, advocacy, and education organization. She was awarded the 2019 Renewable Energy Champion award which recognizes an individual who tirelessly “champions” the benefits of developing, creating, informing, and striving to improve Vermont with the deployment of renewable energy generation

Charles “Charlie” Van Winkle, Vice President of Operations

An energy industry veteran, Charlie is our new Vice President of Operations. In this role, he oversees the engineering, project management, construction management and administrative staff.

Charlie comes to Norwich Solar Technologies from Evernorth, an affordable housing developer where he was Director of Energy Services. Prior to Evernorth, Charlie was the Chief Operating Officer for Northern Reliability, a VT based energy integrator, specializing in grid-tied energy storage, remote power and microgrid development. He helped start-up company Draker Energy as they evolved into a utility-scale solar monitoring and analysis company and worked to commercialize Northern Power Systems 100kW community scale wind turbine as Director of Community Operations managing the deployment of their first 155 wind turbines. He also spent some time working as a program manager for General Dynamics Wireless Systems building cellular networks for Nextel, Sprint and AT&T wireless.

Charlie worked with a start-up telecom consulting firm where he designed and managed telecommunications infrastructure in high rise buildings, influencing the design of several landmark properties in NYC. He was also a program manager for an emerging growth company building mission-critical data centers along the eastern US and Canada. Charlie’s diverse professional background is based on a solid technical foundation having spent his formative years working as a civil engineer.

Charlie holds a bachelor’s degree in land use planning and has completed graduate-level work in Management & Finance from the School of Extension at Harvard University.

Hannah Boudreau, Solar Project Coordinator

NST has hired Hannah Boudreau as the company’s new Solar Project Coordinator. Hannah will assist in developing our large slate of new projects alongside Martha Staskus, our Chief Development Officer. Hannah holds a Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.

For the past two years, Hannah has worked as a program manager for data and asset management company Tangent Energy Solutions in Boston where she gained valuable experience working with utilities and their residential and industrial customers. Her experience ranges from engaging the public in energy efficiency programs to energy and savings analyses for asset development. She looks forward to furthering Vermont’s progress in the transition to renewable energy.

Brendan Malley, Vice President of Project Finance

Brendan Malley, formerly the Norwich Solar Technologies VP of Operations, has been promoted to VP of Project Finance. Brendan has contributed to NST’s dramatic growth – more than tripling the company’s installed solar in his first year.

Previously, Malley owned and operated a small business from start-up through maturity. He has broad experience in brand creation and development, workforce building, and operational discipline. Through two earlier positions, he gained experience in regulated markets, public outreach, and issue research and analysis. He holds a BA in English from Georgetown University.

About Norwich Technologies, Inc.

Norwich Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2011 with a vision of developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Clean Technology. Based in White River Junction, Vermont, our mission includes rapidly advancing the integration and deployment of affordable solar power through our commercial arm, Norwich Solar Technologies, to help New England companies and nonprofits improve their financial, social and environmental Triple Bottom Line. Norwich Technologies also conducts cutting-edge U.S. Department of Energy-funded Research & Development into Concentrated Solar Power systems and other clean technologies.


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