The Norwich Solar Team
Norwich Solar has been developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Renewable Energy Technology since 2011.
Meet The Team
Clean Technology Project Manager
Barrett joined Norwich this summer! He completed his undergrad at UVM in natural resource planning and did environmental consulting after graduation. He then went to VT Law School and studied energy regulation, receiving a masters degree. He has project management experience in environmental consulting and has worked at the Institute of Energy and Environment developing community solar.
Vice President of Project Finance
Brendan Malley is Vice President of Project Finance at Norwich Solar, Inc. Along with a talented team of researchers, installers, managers, engineers and a vibrant sales and administrative team, Mr. Malley has contributed to NST’s dramatic growth – more than tripling the company’s installed solar in his first year.
Previously, Mr. 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. Mr. Malley holds a BA in English from Georgetown University. He spent two seasons as a mechanic and pit crew member in IndyCar racing.
O&M Field Tech, Runtime Solar
Before finding his way RunTime Solar, Brodie was focused on mycology and the cultivation of mushrooms and followed his dreams in running an organic mushroom farm working with various types of sterilization techniques and substrate preparation. He cultivated over a dozen different varieties. In the growing process he had taken an inclination toward solar energy and decided to take step back from farming to pursue his interest in solar. Brodie looks forward to years of training with Norwich Technologies and RunTime Solar.
Vice President of Operations
Charlie Van Winkle
An energy industry veteran, Charlie is our Vice President of Operations. In this role, he oversees the engineering, project management, construction management and administrative staff.
Charlie comes to Norwich Solar 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.
General Manager, RunTime Solar
Experienced Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in Wind Energy, Energy Efficiency, Team Building, Contract Negotiation, and Start-ups. Strong entrepreneurship professional who graduated from Unity College.
Director of Marketing & Outreach
Diana brings 20+ years of experience in comprehensive brand communications and design. She has an MBA in Marketing and is focused on strategic business growth for the company while making connections with the community. She is excited to work for this growing company and supporting increased adoption of clean energy solutions.
Don joined Norwich Solar in 2015. He has a BS in Management from Franklin Pierce College and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. A long-time Upper Valley resident, Don lives in Enfield NH.
Phone: 802.281.3213 ext. 3011
Case Manager, RunTime Solar
Phone:802-281-3213 ext. 3028
Research and Development Engineer
Erik is a mechanical engineer with a passion for renewable energy. With several years experience in the wind industry, he is excited to expand into the solar energy industry. Erik holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and did his undergraduate work at the University of Vermont. He enjoys spending time hiking, fishing, skiing and grilling.
Development Project Manager
Geoff Martin joined the company in 2022 as our Development Project Manager. He previously worked as the Intermunicipal Regional Energy Coordinator at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, working with seven towns in the region to lower energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and move to renewable generation of electricity. He also worked for the Town of Hartford as the town’s Energy Coordinator. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Brown University. In his free time, Geoff likes to mountain bike, run, ski, and hike with his family.
Phone:802.281.3213 ext. 3034
As Project Manager at Norwich Solar, Gregg Freeman is responsible for managing financial due diligence, drafting agreements, project closeout, and assisting with project permitting and development. Prior to joining Norwich Technologies, Inc., Gregg was the Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Manager at Aegis Renewable Energy, Inc., where he successfully permitted ten commercial-scale solar projects in Vermont, ranging from 100 kW to 500 kW in capacity.
Gregg earned a J.D., with Certificate in Energy Law from Vermont Law School, a M.A. in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from S.U.N.Y Potsdam. While in law school, Gregg was a Research Associate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, a Clinician at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, a Law Clerk for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, a Staff Editor and Articles Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and a Student Ambassador.
Prior to law school, Gregg also worked in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields at Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Next Step Living, and Northeast Clean Energy Council.
Outside of work, Gregg is a Contributing Writer for the New York Appellate Digest. In his free time, Gregg enjoys sailing, biking, paddling, camping, backcountry skiing, and woodworking.
Emerging Markets Engineer
After wrapping up a BE at Dartmouth in Energy Engineering, Jack joined the Norwich team to support emerging opportunities in EVs, new solar and storage markets, and R&D activities. Outside of work he can be found enjoying the typical diversions of the Upper Valley or reading Isabel Allende novels on the porch.
Jacob has over 10years of experience in solar engineering, working on everything from backwoods offgrid, commercial rooftop, to MW groundmounts. Previous to coming to Norwich Solar Jacob was the Lead Designer for SunCommon and played an instrumental role in turning SunCommon into the largest residential installer in the state of Vermont and one of the first to run a Community Solar program.
Prior to that, as Electrical Engineer for Alteris Renewables (now Real Goods) he got to spearhead the development of some of the first MW scale PV projects in the Northeastern US.
While he loves a good spreadsheet, or fine tuning processes, he particularly relishes getting out to construction sites and meeting customers and contractors. Especially when the sun is shining.
Chief Executive Officer
Solar industry veteran Jim Merriam is our Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he continues his mission of making it easy for businesses, schools, and municipalities to go solar, save money, and do good.
Jim comes to Norwich Solar from SunCommon where he was Vice President of Operations. Merriam has previously worked in the renewable energy industry as VP of Operations at Northern Power Systems and at groSolar where he served as Chief Operating Officer.
Jim Merriam is familiar to many in Vermont as the longtime Director of Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility.
Jim, who holds an electrical engineering degree and an MS in Engineering Management, was attracted to the technical competence of Norwich Solar and their community-centric approach to building solar.
Development Project Coordinator
Jo Anna Young
With an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Western Kentucky University and just over seven (7) years of paralegal, customer service, and executive support experience, Jo is now coordinating Norwich’s sustainable energy projects.
Hailing from many places across the Southern and Midwest United States, Jo is excited to be living in Vermont and handling the day-to-day of Norwich’s projects across New England. When not working with the rest of the amazing Norwich Dev Team, Jo can be found walking her black lab mix, trying her hand at a new hobby, reading a good YA novel, working on home renovation projects, kayaking, or playing video games with her family.
Joel Stettenheim is President of Norwich Solar, Inc. Joel has strong legal, business and technical skills with a PhD in device physics/materials research from Dartmouth College, a JD from Stanford Law School, and corporate and IP practice experience at Testa, Hurwitz, & Thibeault. Dr. Stettenheim’s broad technical skills include materials and device fabrication and characterization, control systems development, design and implementation of mechanical and electrical simulations, data analysis, mechanical design and machining, and extensive measurement work that includes design and fabrication of low-noise electronics and device-control and data-collection software. His research credentials include numerous peer-reviewed publications and public talks including lead authorship in Nature. Joel’s legal and business experience includes counseling clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies on a broad range of patent, trademark, regulatory, transactional, and licensing issues. Joel is PI on over $2.4M in grants from the US Department of Energy for the novel parabolic trough concentrating solar power and other technology being developed by NST.
Vice President of Research & Development
Jonathan is an award-winning engineer with decades of experience in microgrids, storage technology, applied research & development, and intellectual property development.
Jonathan also brings to NST expertise in providing advisory services to early and mid-stage technology companies including:
- Technology and product road mapping
- Technical consultation and due diligence
- IP strategy and preparation for capital raise events
Prior to joining NST Jonathan was Chief Technology Officer at Northern Power Systems, a designer and supplier of advanced wind turbines based on direct drive, permanent magnet generator technology, as well as power conversion and system controls for energy storage and microgrid applications.
Jonathan earned a BS with Honors in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and holds nine patents.
Vice President of Sales
Kevin is an experienced sales professional with a 20-year history of managing sales teams across the US and Canada. He has a background in high-tech, emerging markets in the AV and IT industries. Kevin moved to the Upper Valley ten years ago to raise a family in a clean and safe community. He is committed to renewable energy and helping small to medium-sized businesses reduce their carbon footprint while increasing their profitability.
After graduating from Dartmouth College, Leif remained in the Upper Valley, where he now works as an R&D technician for NT. He performs a wide variety of tasks, from commercial-scale PV system documentation to fabrication, but mostly centering on construction, testing and iteration on prototypes for SunTrap™. When not at work, Leif can often be spotted skiing, biking, or working on any of the various DIY projects he’s got going on at any given time.
Phone: 802.281.3213 ext. 3002
Lisa joined Norwich Solar in July of 2016 and has a BS in Mathematics & Business Management from Johnson State College. She has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and business management fields; most of which has been spent in the small business industry.
Business Operations Director
Luke Cady joined Norwich Technologies in 2021 after spending six years working at SunCommon managing their solar supply chain and working extensively on ERP development. Luke’s role as Director of Business Operations will continue both of those threads – working to build out business processes and analytics and support Norwich’s solar supply chain demands.
Accounts Payable Coordinator
Lynn has been involved with retail for the past 20 years working for a local family owned company. Her experience is in Purchasing and Inventory Management as well as Accounting. Supporting local business is important to her and she enjoys gardening and being outdoors.
Chief Development Officer
Martha Staskus, as Chief Development Officer, is responsible for 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 4 out of Vermont’s 5 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
O&M Technician, RunTime Solar
Matthew moved to Vermont in 2020 to pursue an outdoor focused/community oriented lifestyle. After graduating with a degree in finance from Susquehanna University, he discovered that he did not like to work in an office setting all day. After spending some time in Jackson Hole Wyoming working as a lift attendant, he returned to the east coast, and started working for his family business in Connecticut. While looking for new opportunities, he moved to Waterbury VT and joined an electrical
Mike is excited to join the Norwich Solar team after many years of interest and home alternative energy projects. After graduating from the University of Vermont’s Engineering Management program, Mike worked for many years implementing industrial measurement systems around the world, he looks forward to applying his experience in project management to help grow local solar.
Phone:802.281.3213 ext. 3024
Parker is an experienced residential and commercial PV installer and provider of operations and maintenance service. A native Vermonter, Parker was born and raised in Norwich, Vermont. When he’s not at work he enjoys live music, snowboarding and fly-fishing.
Senior Project Manager
Robert joined the Norwich Solar team in 2019. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management and Operations with a concentration in Finance and Accounting. Robert was also a RI Small Business Representative to the United States White House from 1994 – 1997.
O&M Technician, RunTime Solar
Robert received his B.A. in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design while living the mission in an off-grid tiny house. Over 7 years the scale of his projects grew from 200 Watts to over 200kW. While working as the project manager for Green mountain Solar, the size and complexity of projects grew in tandem with his skills and experience. From on and off-grid battery and PV systems, to working with GMP on their residential DER and SPAN programs, and gaining permission from Stowe Electric to install the first Enphase battery system on their grid, Robert has always embraced the opportunities and challenges inherent to this vital work. When not working or recreating around solar, Rob can be found tending the garden, hiking with his partner and dog, or working on his 1840’s home.
Phone:(802) 281-3213 x 3025
Solar Development Engineer
Energy systems are Ryan’s primary career interest, especially renewable power. He has four years of experience in renewable energy system design and energy resource and feasibility assessment. His experience includes project management and development on both current and proposed solar and wind farms across North America. Ryan’s responsibilities have included technical analyses, such as shadow flicker, economic analyses such as price and energy projections used for pro formas, and management of electrical interconnection processes.
In 2012, Ryan completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont (UVM), with a focus in energy systems. He also received a B.S. in Thermal Energy Engineering from Aalborg University for completion of studies and a research project on small scale vertical axis wind turbines. At UVM, he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award for Energy because of his passion and commitment to the field.
Phone: 802.281.3213 ext. 3012
Director of Engineering
Simon Leavitt joined Norwich Solar in 2022 as Director of Engineering. With a lifelong interest in renewable energy he is excited to support the engineering team while drawing on his background in manufacturing and quality systems. Simon graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While Simon is not in the office he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, skiing, ultimate, and making pasta.
Chief Financial Officer
Spencer is a seasoned executive with nearly twenty years of experience in helping companies develop and execute growth strategies in new and emerging markets. Spencer has held positions as CEO of Jvillage Network, Chair of the Board of Burlington Electric Commissioners, Director of the TastyGram division at Vermont Teddy Bear, and CEO/ founder of Adventurous Traveler, which was sold to the Away Network in 2000. Spencer is currently President of Green Mountain Insight, a strategic and financial planning firm for high growth tech and energy companies. Spencer received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University. Spencer is an avid skier, hiker and cook.
Stefan has a background in trucking, logistics and heavy equipment operation. Based out of our Windsor Technology Park (WTP) location, Stefan oversees receiving and managing inventory, and keeps our warehouse in ship-shape.
In his off time enjoys hanging out with his family and his dog. He loves to do anything outside such as hiking, gardening, camping and hunting. And also loves to cook.
Suzanne was the director at CraftStudies at Hanover League of NH Craftsmen for more than 20 years before joining Norwich. She is delighted to be doing her small part in saving the environment and to be a part of our amazing team.
Tim earned a BS in Accounting from SUNY Geneseo and MS in Accounting from Champlain College. Possessing both a CPA license and the CMA designation, Tim is well versed in the many disciplines of the accounting profession. Prior to joining Norwich, Tim worked in corporate accounting and ERP management within the renewable energy industry. After several years in public accounting providing tax and assurance services with a heavy emphasis on the construction and renewables energy industries, Tim is excited to back in renewables full time as Norwich’s Controller. Outside of work Tim enjoys finding time to enjoy outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling with family and friends.
Senior O&M Technician
Tom started his career in the solar industry working with SunCommon as a Residential Installer and Electrical Apprentice in 2017. After a four year apprenticeship program, Tom received his Journeyman’s Electrical License and transitioned into the role of Commercial Electrician.
Joining the team at RunTime has provided an opportunity to build upon his skills as an installer and electrician to include O&M work on both residential and commercial systems. Part of Tom’s goal while working at RunTime is to acquire a Master Electrician license and contribute to the growth and development of the Electrical Apprenticeship program. Providing opportunities for professional growth and expanding the workforce within the solar industry is something Tom is passionate about.
Tom graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Ecology and Conservation. He also focused on Anthropology, specifically the archaeological study of indigenous cultures in the Northeast and Southwest of the United States.
When Tom isn’t working on solar he can be found somewhere in the woods, out on the water or enjoying a good book.
Chief Technology Officer
- PhD, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
- Previously Tenured Physics & Engineering Associate Professor at Elizabethtown College
- Principal Investigator multiple DOE and NSF research grants; 40+ awarded US patents
- Co-Founder and technology originator for SustainX ($40M VC)