The Empower Team
Deep Experience Where it Matters Most
Our industry-leading management team brings decades of experience and Fortune 500 professionalism to every client and project, supported by a full-service development and operations team. Combined, our management team alone brings more than 100 years’ experience in energy and renewables to bear for our customers.
Our 30+ person in-house team of professionals encompasses every aspect of renewable energy. Sales, legal, finance, project development, engineering, procurement, construction management, and asset management are all performed by seasoned Empower staffers. This grants Empower greater control and quality over our projects from start to finish.
Meet Our Leadership Team
John ClappPRESIDENT & CEO Read Bio
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 BelkoCHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Read Bio
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 North American EPC 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.
Scott TaylorChief Financial Officer Read Bio
As the former CFO of Moxie Energy and a former managing director at AES (in addition to Vice President roles at Kenetech and ABN-Amro), Scott has over thirty years of finance and development experience in the power industry. This experience is across a wide range of technologies and energy sources and includes a significant number of project closings in the renewable and non-renewable sectors. Throughout his career, his focus has been on advancing development efforts and arranging and closing debt and equity capital for power projects, generally under a fast-track schedule.
Dennis HainesSenior Vice President, General Counsel & Board Secretary Read Bio
Dennis Haines has worked with a diverse mix of companies in energy and related industrial sectors, ranging from early-stage, entrepreneurial startups specializing in renewables to leading, publicly traded power-generation firms with worldwide operations. He has supported business and project development, equipment procurement, manufacturing and sales, facility build-out and operations as well as corporate governance, finance, treasury and human resources over his 30+ year career as hands-on general counsel, private practitioner and strategic advisor.
Khalil QasimiSVP & HEAD OF FINANCE Read Bio
Khalil brings 15 years of energy market experience, a decade of which is renewable energy. At Empower he overseas Project Structuring and M&A transactions, while managing corporate and project level fundraising. Prior to Empower, he was a Principal at Exelon and Constellation Energy, where he lead M&A activities for 2.5 GWs of renewable and traditional power generation. Previously, Khalil was a trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Khalil holds an AB in Economics from University of Chicago and an MBA and MS in finance from University of Maryland Smith School of Business.
Pamela MainesSVP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Read Bio
Pam Maines is an accomplished professional in the U.S. utility and competitive power industry experienced at leading sales teams focused on Commercial, Industrial and Institutional customers. Pam joins Empower from Constellation, an Exelon Company, where she was an Executive Director. At Constellation and earlier at Pepco Energy Services, she led the development of C&I sales teams that originated numerous large projects and energy transactions.