by Denise Sortor
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Martha Staskus and Jonathan Lynch have joined the list of renewable energy veterans in leadership roles at Norwich Solar (NS). Norwich Solar CEO Jim Merriam has formally announced the addition of Martha Staskus as Vice President of Development and Jonathan Lynch as Vice President of Research & Development.
Norwich Solar’ CEO Jim Merriam said, “NST is very excited about the new additions to our team. Martha’s extensive experience and inclusive approach strengthen our existing site permitting and expand our development capabilities. Similarly, Jonathan’s experience in developing microgrids and storage solutions allows NST to serve our customers in finding new opportunities as we rethink how a modern electric grid should operate.”
Martha Staskus, as Vice President of Development, 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 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 Secretary and previously served as Board Chair for three years of Renewable Energy Vermont, the state’s non-profit clean energy trades, advocacy, and education organization.
Jonathan Lynch, NST’s first Vice President of Research & Development, 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 roadmapping, 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.