Hopkinton, MA – Solect Energy recently announced that it has expanded operations into Illinois. Solect’s Illinois operations will be based in Aurora, be led by General Manager Steve Gregory and backed by an experienced team of business development executives.
The primary focus of Solect’s Illinois operations will be on delivering rooftop solar solutions to the commercial and industrial sector and on building both rooftop and ground-mount community solar projects.
In late 2016, Illinois passed the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), comprehensive legislation designed to jumpstart a renewable energy industry in the state. Previously, most of Illinois’ renewable energy was purchased from other states. As part of the legislation, Illinois adopted a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires utilities to source 25% of their energy mix from renewable sources by 2025. This is expected to drive development of up to 3,000 MW of new solar energy projects by 2030.
To help encourage the move to renewable energy, Illinois is committing more than $200 million in annual funding to support a number of incentives.
Solect has recruited top talent to run its Illinois operations:
The Illinois office will be run by General Manager Steve Gregory. He currently oversees a team of 30 solar professionals and will be responsible for the company’s design, construction and project management activities. Steve brings 40 years of construction operations, land entitlement and development and real estate management experience.
As VP of Business Development in Illinois Peter Maros will be responsible for leading Solect’s efforts to become the leading solar company in the Illinois market. Peter has worked at several solar and renewable energy companies, and most recently served as a Managing Director at a global renewable energy company where he worked on acquisitions in both renewable energy and finance, and was responsible for the company’s solar PV design and installation business in North America.
Paul Montes, Director of Business Development in Illinois, brings to Solect more than 25 years of entrepreneurial-based experience in commercial real estate and relationship sales. In Illinois Paul will take a lead role in building trusted, long-term energy partnerships with individual property owners, business operators, corporations and municipalities. Most recently he was a Senior Vice President of Commercial Investment Sales for a national real estate entity.