Board of Directors
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Joel is recognized as one of the early leaders in the clean technology community having created or funded more than 20 companies, non-profits, and policy organizations over his career. He also founded and serves as Managing Director of Brightman Energy, an ERCOT-focused project development firm that has innovated a lean acquisition and development strategy in building its initial 1,100 MW renewable energy portfolio. Joel served as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and previously headed renewable energy efforts at the ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Eastman Ventures, and Sierra Ventures. He founded what has become the most sophisticated and extensive smart grid experiment in Pecan Street Project (now Pecan Street Inc.) and supported the creation of the first solar powered microgrid in Haiti. He received his B.S. In Chemical and Environmental Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Former CEO of First Solar — the largest US solar panel manufacturer and a leading developer and operator of solar projects in North America. During his tenure (2012-16), FSLR stock increased from $11 to $50 creating over $4 billion of market value for investors. Prior to that, was CEO of AEI (a portfolio company owned by Ashmore, GIC and others), which acquired the Enron International businesses for $1B, deployed another $1.7B, and exited in 2011 at greater than 3x return. Currently a board director for Alcoa, TPI Composites and PNM Resources, as well as a former Chairman and current director at the Los Angeles branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Jim has also recently joined the Energy Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Previously, he has served on the Advisory board of the United States EXIM Bank.
Partner/Managing Director, Prisma Energy
Established and was head of North America business for Quinbrook, a low carbon infrastructure fund, which owns Scout Clean Energy (wind developer with ~2GW of projects under development in 10 states), Glidepath (leading US battery project developer), and the 690MW Gemini Solar Project under development in Nevada. Co-founded three energy infrastructure investment and development firms – Arctas Capital, Power Pacific and The Wing Group. Ran an international division of Enron with portfolio of 15 varied energy assets (power, LNG, pipelines, LPG). Involved in development and financing of first and largest IPP in UK in 1990 (Teeside cogen 1.8GW). Served on boards of Scout and two Latam publicly-traded energy companies – Promigas and Vengas.
Managing Director at Prisma Energy
As former EVP – Americas for First Solar, was responsible for over $2B per year of P&L, a 6GW development portfolio in North and South America, and module and EPC sales and services. Grew FSLR’s development portfolio by 2GW in three years with greenfield development and built out a development team for the Eastern US. As CEO of Quail Nuclear Specialty Services, successfully turned-around a construction company struggling with a transition from cost-plus to fixed price contracts in a competitive environment. At Stewart & Stevenson Operations managing sales, built team creating $500mm in O&M contract backlog for the company, which was purchased by General Electric and became the foundation for GE’s LTSA business.
President, Resolutions Management General Counsel, Prisma Energy
Kim is a senior executive and business attorney with a unique blend of expertise in leading transactions, project development activities, corporate legal affairs, and innovative problem-solving regarding complex assets. She is a skilled negotiator and deal-maker successful at marrying the realities of global business, the economic goals from commercial operations, and the legal requirements of compliance, through practical advice and flexible implementation. Driscoll is a consummate internationalist with strategic execution skills across public and private sectors, including working with senior levels of foreign and U.S. government agencies. She is effective at risk assessment with a pragmatic approach to investment decisions. She has handled cross-border dispute resolutions and managed multi-million dollar legal teams/budgets. Driscoll has 30+ years in the energy industry, from greenfield development to asset management. Her knowledge base spans gas, wind, solar, battery storage, and advisory work in the oil services space, with hands-on experience in each.
Chief Executive Officer at Innosphere
Mike Freeman is the General Partner in the Innosphere Fund, which focuses on seed-stage investments in high growth potential ventures. He is also the Chief Executive Officer for Innosphere, a 21 year old, 501(c)(3) technology incubator that serves more than 40 startup companies annually. Innosphere exists to support high-growth technology startup companies in Colorado. Innosphere has earned the distinction of being the technology incubator for Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, and NREL.
Innosphere has operations in the three most significant technology centers in Colorado’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously, Mike served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Fort Collins, CO. Fort Collins has a population of 140,000 and a total budget of nearly $500 million. Fort Collins is a full-service City including a municipal electric utility. Responsibilities include overall management of the City’s finances, budgeting, strategic planning as well as economic development. He represented the City on Innosphere’s Board of Directors where he drove significant growth in the capabilities to serve technology startups. He holds a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.