Norwich Solar Technologies has been developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Renewable Energy Technology since 2011.
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 Technologies 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 Technologies and their community-centric approach to building solar.
Joel Stettenheim is President of Norwich Solar Technologies, 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.
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.
Brendan Malley is Vice President of Project Finance at Norwich Solar Technologies, 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Lisa joined Norwich Solar Technologies 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.
Senior Project Manager
Robert joined the Norwich Solar Technologies 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.
As Project Manager at Norwich Solar Technologies, 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.
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.
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.
Ajah joined Norwich Technologies in 2021 and holds a BFA in Graphic Design. Having worked with high-end Vermont businesses and start-ups, she brings a strong knowledge of brand awareness and social media to the Marketing Team.
Outside of Norwich Ajah teaches adult courses in Graphic Design, and is passionate about reducing waste and living a life harmonious with nature.
Purchasing & Inventory 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.
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.
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.
Production & Installation
Terry has been with NST since 2013 and brings over 25 years of experience in science and engineering.
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.
Nate graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and concentration in renewable energy from Union College in 2017. He has an interest in Energy Technology R&D and practices energy and waste reduction in his everyday life.
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.
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 Technologies 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.
Iver grew up in the area and became passionate about the environment from his parents’ influence as well as having the opportunity to work on a farm. After studying engineering for 5 years, he returned to Vermont and joined Norwich Technologies where he has begun to build a career in the renewable energy sector.
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.
Anders joined Norwich Technologies in September 2013. He graduated with honors in Chemical Engineering from the University of NH in May 2012, and has strong interest in renewables and distributed energy storage.
Kieran Ahern joined us this year to participate as a research and development intern!
With a deep and abiding curiosity about the world and how it works, he pursued a degree in Mechanical engineering at Dartmouth College with the hopes that training in a such a structured discipline aided by the liberal arts would foster creative conclusions into the natures of reality.
His interest in solar stems largely from its centrality in clean energy and its immense potential for discovering novelty. The opportunities to not only facilitate his own understanding, but also to contribute knowledge, proves an essential component in his continued passions for solar and R&D engineering.
When he’s not pursuing intellectual projects, he enjoys riding bikes and reading, both of which happen to facilitate the kind of intellectual discovery he favors.
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.
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.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
We are seeking qualified, career-minded individuals to grow with us.