People on the move: Catalyze, SaskPower, Pineapple Energy, and more


Impact investment firm Advantage Capital announced the appointment of energy executive Steven Lichtin as managing director and chief executive officer of Advantage Capital Renewables. Lichtin brings nearly 15 years of experience developing solar and energy storage projects totaling over 10GWs in various markets across the U.S. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, he was Vice President of Development at CypressCreek Renewables, a renewable energy independent power producer (IPP).

Pineapple Energy Inc., provider of sustainable solar energy and backup power to households and small business, today announced that chief executive officer Kyle Udseth has decided to resign his position, effective immediately. Pineapple Board Member and SUNation Energy founder Scott Maskin will assume the position of Interim chief executive officer. SUNation Energy, a regional solar company based on Long Island, NY was acquired by Pineapple Energy in November 2022. Mr. Maskin, a 23-year veteran of the solar industry, founded SUNation in 2003.
Xcel Energy named Rob Berntsen as the company’s executive vice president and chief legal and compliance officer. Berntsen takes over the role from Amanda Rome, who held the position on an interim basis while also serving in her role as executive vice president, group president – utilities and chief customer officer.
Additional job moves provided by EnergeiaWorks:
  • Daniel Smith started a new position as Director of Development Engineering at Catalyze
  • Katlyn Lawver started a new position as VP of Pre-Construction at Convergent Energy and Power
  • Raman Mall started a new position as Director, transmission & Distribution Engineering at SaskPower
  • Nicole Tomasin started a new position as Head of Sales, US at SolaX Power US

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Job of the Week: Community Solar Developer – NY

Job Description

As the Director of Community Solar Development you will work on community solar projects in New York State up to 5MW with the trajectory of growing into the NE. You will lead the process including land acquisition, permitting, utility interconnection, regulatory compliance, environmental studies and all other tasks necessary for the successful development of solar projects. You will have two direct reports as well as oversee contractors and consulting agencies.


  • Structuring, negotiating and managing land agreements and local tax agreements
  • Manage local government permitting process and environmental studies
  • Manage the utility interconnection process
  • Manage consultants, external stakeholders and other third parties to ensure project success
  • Work and coordinate with experts on project design
  • Manage budgets, milestones, schedules, and deliverables
  • Manage application to various solar incentive programs
  • Gather market intelligence and create strong relationships with appropriate government, regulatory and utility officials to maximize approval process, revenue and incentive mechanisms
  • Manage contracts and coordinate consultants for needed professional services including outside environmental, engineering and legal
  • Coordinate development efforts with engineering, financial and accounting teams
  • Provide local representation for all aspects project of project development


  • 3-5+ years of relevant experience in solar development with at least some of that time in NYS community solar
  • 2+ Years leading solar permitting for project development
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, engineering or other relevant field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to be self-motivated and sense of entrepreneurship
  • Strong organizational skills and rigor
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross-functional, multi-departmental tasks
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Candidate must be articulated, motivated, independent, creative and organized.

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