The Empower Team
Deep Experience Where it Matters Most
Our industry-leading management team brings decades of energy and renewables experience and Fortune 500 professionalism to every client and project, supported by a full-service development and operations team.
Our 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
Michael BelkoPRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Read Bio
As CEO, Michael sets the vision and oversees the mission of Empower Energies. Previously COO for Empower, Michael has built and led a world class EPC organization that has constructed over 100MW of complex commercial energy systems and positioned Empower as a top tier provider of renewable energy solutions nationwide. Building upon this success, Michael continues to focus the team on expanding the company’s services to serve the increasing needs of Empower’s clients across the US.
Michael has held several senior positions, including 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.
Patrick CorrChief Strategy Officer Read Bio
As CSO, Patrick is responsible for corporate strategy and implementation. Patrick’s career began in mobile telecom and software, serving both the F500 and government sectors, where he built several successful organizations before joining the solar industry.
Patrick has broad experience across residential, C&I and utility scale solar and storage projects. He has held leadership positions with NRG, SolarCity, Tesla and 174 Power Global/Hanwha Energy, where he built and led teams that developed over 200 megawatts of solar and storage projects across the US.
Dennis HainesSVP, 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.
Joe JazdzewskiSVP, Field Operations Read Bio
As SVP of Field Operations, Joe oversees EPC execution of Empower’s national portfolio. Joe has been in the renewable industry since 2006 and has held various senior and leadership positions, including with Sun Edison. Joseph was also President of Team – Solar Inc and RMO of NVT LLC, the two installation entities of SunEdison LLC. He developed and installed more than 300 individual projects with an approximate DC capacity of 200WM. Prior to the renewable energy industry, he owned and operated a custom home building company in Orange County California; he has been a general building contractor since 2002.
Joe has both domestic and international contracting and operations management experience. Notable portfolios include delivering projects in Spain, Italy, Germany and the UAE where he was the onsite Solar Energy Program Manager for the Masdar City MIST 1a phase. Additionally, he developed and deployed the solar arrays on the NASA JPL Pasadena Campus, helping them in their initiative for LEED certification. Joe directed the solar program rollout for the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in addition to numerous municipalities, schools, utilities, universities, military facilities and commercial companies.
Vanessa DeutschmannSVP, People & Corporate Operations Read Bio
As SVP of People and Corporate Operations, Vanessa is responsible for the HR, workplace and corporate administrative functions of Empower. Vanessa brings 15+ years of renewable industry experience through leadership roles in multiple fast-growth companies including SolarCity and Tesla. In her role there as Regional Operations Manager, she led the team through doubled volume growth, expansion of new locations and significant improvements in operational throughput. She subsequently led Tesla’s East Coast energy HR team, spanning 32 locations over 13 states with over 4,000 employees at the high point of growth.
Vanessa has built, led and mentored teams that have produced multiple next-generation leaders. With deep industry experience, Vanessa focuses on aligning people, practices and business priorities to produce an inclusive work environment where employees are energized and able to create superior results. As a people-centric leader, she builds relationships with team members across the organization to foster a mission-driven culture grounded in Empower’s core values of respect, teamwork, ingenuity, integrity and passion.
Ludovic OuobaSVP, Procurement & Strategic Partnerships
Matt WrightSVP, Accounting & Finance
Robert E. DuvaVP, Engineering Read Bio
As VP of Engineering, Bob oversees every facet of Empower’s in-house engineering capabilities. Bob has over 35 years of experience in construction, energy efficiency technologies, automation and renewables. His background includes growing talented engineering teams in support of an international client base, managing projects across the continental US and Hawaii, and developing creative solutions in the fields of Demand Response, Solar Production and Remote Automation and control.
Additionally, Bob has served as Engineer of Record for many Solar projects in the NJ/CT/MA area since 2010, being Licensed in those states as a Professional Engineer, as well as NY and PA. He also holds an Electrical Contracting License in NJ.