Management Team

John Clapp
President & Chief Financial Officer
John Clapp

President & CFO – John brings 20 years of clean energy expertise to the team. As the former Head of Cleantech at Spearhead Capital, CFO/EVP of Finance for Solar Trust of America, and Managing Director in the Global Power Group at CitiGroup, his extensive experience advising renewable companies on raising capital makes him an industry leader in solar power development and finance.

 

Michael Belko
Executive Vice President, Operations
Michael Belko

EVP of Operations – As former president of RCS Energy Services, where he built a $35 million solar power EPC company, and as Senior Director of Operations at SunEdison, where he oversaw construction and overall performance, Michael has three decades of experience delivering a high volume of solar power projects while maintaining superior client satisfaction and optimal performance.

 

Ken Besier
SVP Sales + Business Development
Ken Beiser

SVP of Sales & Business Development – Ken came to Empower Energies from Tecta Solar, MD, which he founded. He originated and completed 81 MWp of C&I solar systems in 13 States (40 MWp sold to third-party investors). As Conergy’s U.S.Finance Director, Ken financed the (then) largest solar array in Eastern US (2008). Before renewables, he worked funding capital-intensive assets (commercial property, hotels, energy businesses) as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers and West LB.

Khalil Qasimi
Vice President, Structured Finance
Khalil Qasimi

VP of Structured Finance –  Khalil is an energy industry M&A and financial modeling veteran with deep knowledge across the renewables spectrum. He led the sale of 2.3 GW of natural gas, hydro, coal plants while serving as the Corporate Development Principal for Exelon Corp. His work with Constellation Energy on solar and combined heat and power projects as well as his work with commodity derivatives at Webster Capital showcase his impressive leadership in modeling and structuring clean energy projects.

Howard Brodie
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Howard Brodie

Chief Legal Officer – Howard Brodie is a highly-successful, senior-level corporate attorney with over 21 years of international transactional experience focused on solar energy, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and intellectual property. After serving as the VP of EPV Solar and EVP of EMCORE, Howard is highly proficient at building and managing in-house legal departments for both private and publicly-held, technology-based companies.