Leonard Loomans, EE, Director of Engineering Services
Mr. Loomans leads the Engineering Services practice group in providing design services, including renewable energy, energy storage, and dc microgrid design, incorporating a system approach to powering native dc loads with dc power from distributed renewable energy generation.
Mr. Loomans holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, where he concentrated in power systems and energy conversion. While at Colorado State, Len worked part-time as a research assistant in the Electromechanics Lab, studying high voltage ac dielectric phenomenon and later co-authoring a journal publication.
Len began his career as an engineer with Pacific Gas & Electric, at what was then the largest hydroelectric pumped storage facility in the world. He later moved to Westinghouse Electric as field engineer and generator specialist, installing and maintaining hydro and fossil turbine/generators and auxiliary systems. In the mid-80’s Len took a position at Fort Saint Vrain Nuclear Generating Station, a 250MW helium-cooled power facility, where he performed testing and verification of systems, including an extensive reliability study of the emergency diesel power system.
In 1986, Len began his shift to renewable energy and photovoltaics, installing his first off-grid cabin lighting system. In 1990 Len joined Remote Power, Inc. in Denver, CO as Senior Engineer, where he designed and implemented solar electric generator systems for a wide variety of applications, including the oil & gas, telecomm, railroad, and utility industries and gained extensive expertise in photovoltaics, batteries, rectifiers, inverters & generators. From 1997-2000, Len designed and installed photovoltaic and UPS systems at a variety of installations, both standalone and grid-tied, for office, residential, and water pumping applications. He also completed an “Economic Assessment and Feasibility Study” for The Nature Conservancy on the efficiency of replacing power line extensions to remote facilities with photovoltaics on their vast Gray Ranch Preserve. He also served on the Ft. Collins, CO Electric Board for four years, where he assisted with the implementation of a wind farm by the municipal utility.
Mr. Loomans moved to the East Coast in 2000 and was independently contracted by several renewable energy companies (SolarWorks / Alteris and others) to help design and oversee the installation of renewable energy systems, many of them in island communities such as Block Island (RI), Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, as well as an off-grid residence on St. Bart’s in the Virgin Islands. Len gained significant expertise in the difficulties of island microgrids including voltage and frequency control issues, and the challenges of installing energy systems in harsh marine environments.
Current projects include owner’s engineer and commissioning services at datacenters on the mid-Atlantic coast, overseeing the design, bid review, installation and commissioning of two 500 kW grid-tied pv systems; and owner’s engineer and commissioning services for a specialized developer including electrical design review, and commissioning services for projects totaling over 1.4 MW.
Len is a member of IEEE Power Engineering Society, and is also a Corresponding Member of the E-Merge Alliance. Len is a team member of the Microgrid Technical Standards Committee, which is currently developing international standards for DC powered microgrids for buildings and campuses.
Robert Lockhart, Managing Director, Director of Financial Consulting Services
Mr. Lockhart is the Managing Director of Acuity Power Group, and leads the Financial Consulting Services practice group in providing renewable energy project finance services including modeling, financing structures and related services.
Mr. Lockhart is a business professional with 22 years of finance and management experience in industries including energy, IT and telecom. Previously, Rob was CEO of TAVAC Energy Corp., a solar pv design-build company, and held various management positions in finance at SIEMENS and ENTEX. Since 2006, Robert has dedicated his experience in finance to the advancement of alternative energy, reflecting his passion for the environment, concern for depleting energy supplies and strong interest with the ongoing transformation of the energy industry.
Rob holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston University. Rob holds certificates in Advanced Solar PV Design, Advanced Renewable Energy Project Finance, Solar Development and Finance, and is trained in installation and service of distributed wind energy systems. Since 2008, Rob has attended over 40 classes and seminars relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy project finance.
Memberships include the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Rob is a Corresponding Member of the E-Merge Alliance. Rob is a team member of the Microgrid Technical Standards Committee, which is currently developing international standards for DC powered microgrids for buildings and campuses.
Rhyno Stinchfield, Director of Development & Technology
Mr. Stinchfield has over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy field and has consulted on Renewable Energy projects with companies in all 50 United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and abroad. Rhyno brings highly specialized experience and insight to our team, and leads our marketing strategy, business development, and provides consulting services for project development, employing the community development model created in Minnesota almost 20 years ago by wind developer Dan Juhl.
Rhyno also holds positions as CEO of GreenWorld Partners, a consortium of innovative sustainable energy technologies in energy storage, wind, solar, and biomass; and CEO of Montana Wind Resources, a wind development company with over 200MW of projects currently in development throughout the Northern Rockies. Rhyno’s most recent engagements include consulting services for 20 municipal utilities in the Northwestern United States and consulting services for an innovative vertical-axis wind technology now being commercialized in the U.S.
Rhyno is a member of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). He has sat on the boards of the Concrete Homebuilding Council of the National Association of Homebuilders and the Insulating Concrete Form Association and has developed Continuing Education Units programs for the American Institute of Architects, (AIA).