Our founders, Matt Riley and Derek Harding, established Infinity Wind Power, LLC in 2008 with the intent to provide landowners the opportunity to benefit from participating in the wind energy industry. Prior to starting Infinity Wind Power, both Matt and Derek had experience in developing wind energy projects for a wind energy development company. However, they found the lack of landowner advocacy in developing projects to be a core factor in hindering the success of their company and its proposed projects. Thus, they formed their own company founded on the fundamental policy of developing projects with a landowner advocacy approach and in turn built a portfolio of quality wind energy projects, as well as a reputation in the wind energy industry for delivering competitive projects to market. Since then, the tremendous growth in the solar energy market inspired us to expand our focus on wind energy to incorporate a solar energy development platform, leading us to rename our company to Infinity Renewables, LLC.
Going forward, Infinity’s primary objective is to develop viable utility scale wind and solar energy projects and to deliver them to the market. We view success not as a portfolio of potential projects, but as a portfolio of completed projects, and our portfolio of operating projects speaks for itself.
The Infinity Renewables team is comprised of highly experienced energy industry professionals with expertise in all aspects of the renewable energy field, covering the full project lifecycle from development through construction. During project development, Infinity leads all aspects of project origination including site evaluation, engineering, real estate procurement, permitting, environmental analysis, power marketing, and financing to see a project through this often complicated process. During construction, Infinity manages the multi-faceted construction activities including final engineering and design, procurement, permitting, civil construction, electrical construction, and wind turbine erection or solar array assembly.
In the end, our ultimate goal is to contribute to our nation’s, and the world’s, transition to clean, renewable energy sources through building quality projects that are both competitive in the market and lucrative for our business partners and landowners. Not only do we have the capability, we also have the passion for building renewable energy projects that benefit our landowners, their communities, and the environment.
“We are at a crossroads with our domestic energy policy. Our goal at Infinity Renewables is to help the U.S. choose a sustainable path where wind and solar energy are part of a comprehensive solution to improve our energy independence and our environment.”
--Matt Riley, CEO
Matt Riley co-founded Infinity Wind Power (now Infinity Renewables) in April 2008 with the goal of developing quality wind projects with a focus on landowner and community issues. Mr. Riley’s experience in the wind industry spans over a decade, during which time the wind industry has experienced unprecedented growth. Navigating the complex issues inherent in wind project development is his core strength, which was demonstrated during the origination and execution of many operating wind farms in the U.S. Mr. Riley holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Derek Harding co-founded Infinity Wind Power (now Infinity Renewables) in April 2008. Mr. Harding has over 28 years of diversified real estate experience including income property management, investment analysis and commercial real estate sales/acquisitions, real estate finance, wireless telecommunications site development, and management/land acquisition for wind energy projects. Prior to launching Infinity, he managed and directed development strategy for JM Consulting Group and Alcoa Wireless Network Services, where his skills and knowledge of real estate transactions resulted in the strategic build-out of regional networks for wireless carriers throughout the U.S. In 2007 he joined Clipper Windpower Development Company, where he managed the land acquisition activities for over 2,000 -megawatts of wind energy projects. At Infinity, Mr. Harding oversees all land activities and general operations of the company. Mr. Harding holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business Management from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, CA. He also holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License with the Department of Real Estate.
Shayan Enrico joined the Infinity team in 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Enrico brings over 15 years of diverse experience in both privately-held and publicly-traded companies across different business sectors and industries. Over her career, Ms. Enrico has worked extensively with companies overseeing the day-to-day finances, financial reporting, modeling/budgeting as well as strategic planning and growth. Her experience ranges from start-up operations to companies with established annual revenue streams of over $2 billion. She has also worked with banks, lenders and -other consultants on deal structures, financing arrangements, compliance, and internal and external audit requirements. Ms. Enrico graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA).
JC Fernandez joined Infinity Renewables in 2015 as the company’s Controller and is focused on the financial and business operations (process and reporting), staff development, coordinating operations and finance interaction, coordinating internal compliance, documenting processes and identifying efficiency improvements. Mr. Fernandez brings over 10 years of international business experience in corporate accounting for public and private companies, business mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, internal controls, financial planning and reporting in various industries including oil and gas, telecommunications, health care, and aerospace and defense. Prior to joining the Infinity team, Mr. Fernandez served as the Corporate Assistant Controller for a privately-held billion dollar company in Santa Barbara, CA. Mr. Fernandez attended the Catholic University Andres Bello at Caracas, Venezuela where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Accounting.
Dave Kohl is General Legal Counsel at Infinity Renewables. He is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California with four years of litigation experience in a local Santa Barbara law firm focused primarily on real estate law, including landlord-tenant law, construction law, homeowner’s association law, and the law of servitudes. Mr. Kohl attended Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received his Juris Doctorate degree in May of 2006. Upon graduating, he passed the California Bar Exam and was sworn in to practice law in November 2006. During Mr. Kohl’s practice as a civil litigation attorney, he gained extensive experience in representing his clients inside and outside the courtroom in trials, settlement negotiations, mediation, and arbitration. At Infinity Renewables, Mr. Kohl is primarily responsible for preparing, analyzing, and revising our various documents and contracts with landowners and other business and governmental entities. He also advises the company on existing and potential legal issues we may encounter during the development of a wind and solar energy project. Mr. Kohl’s legal background is vital to his role in that his analytical expertise and client relations experience ensures the highest quality in landowner contracts and business rapport.
Eli J. Bosco joined Infinity in August 2010 as Vice President of Project Delivery. He has extensive knowledge in all phases of the development and delivery of wind power facilities. Mr. Bosco began working in the wind energy industry in 1984 as a construction manager for Zond Systems where he was responsible for the installation of over 2,500 turbines throughout California. Over the past 30 years in the wind industry, he has managed projects for Enron Wind, GE, Clipper Windpower and Infinity throughout the U.S. and abroad, totaling over 3,500 megawatts of installed wind power. He managed many of these projects from inception through financial closing and the transition to operations. He has vast experience in coordinating all aspects of wind energy projects such as land acquisition, permitting, negotiation of project agreements, tax compliance, transmission requirements, insurance, site suitability assessment, equipment specification, engineering, procurement, construction, manufacturing, transportation, and plant start-up. As President of Render Construction, he managed turnkey construction operations for various projects within the U.S. As a construction consultant for Italian Vento Power Company, he managed multiple projects in central Italy varying from early design stage and engineering, construction and turnover to operations. Mr. Bosco has multiple professional and technical degrees in project and construction management, including a Construction Management Certificate (CMC) from Colorado State University. He is a licensed General Engineering Contractor in the State of California.
Matt Langley joined Infinity as the Director of Business Development in March 2012. In this role, he is responsible for acquiring power purchase agreements and other offtake strategies, financing with both debt and tax equity, and mergers and acquisitions. He also manages the financial analysis and forecasting activities for the team. Prior to joining Infinity, Mr. Langley led the commercial efforts for juwi Wind, LLC developing projects throughout North America. In that role, he led efforts to expand the company’s footprint into Canada, as well as completing the acquisition of a late stage project in Minnesota. Prior to juwi, Mr. Langley worked in a similar role for Clipper Windpower Development Company. Mr. Langley received his Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business, and his Bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jonathan Koehn joined Infinity as the Director of Project Development in March 2010 to bolster the company’s ability to take wind projects beyond the early stages of development and prepare them for construction. He is experienced in all facets of project development, from preliminary site identification to final project permitting. Prior to joining Infinity, Mr. Koehn was the Regional Development Manager for the Western Region at Clipper Windpower Development Company where he oversaw development activities on a diverse portfolio, including navigation of complex environmental and permitting issues on several sites. In another role at Clipper, he supported late stage project design, including coordinating the micro-siting efforts between meteorologists, engineers, landowners, and construction contractors. Mr. Koehn holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colgate University.
Tom Whitaker joined Infinity in September 2008 and brought with him a wide array of engineering experience from conducting aerospace composites research with the Boeing Corporation to work in both design and project management of engineering projects in the offshore oil industry. In addition, Mr. Whitaker spent 5 years as a hydrologist with both the US Geological Survey and US Forest Service, conducting research on headwater stream systems in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As Director of Project Engineering, Mr. Whitaker coordinates project design, including wind turbine, collection system, and transmission layouts, as well as the grid interconnection process with regional transmission operators to ensure available transmission capacity for each project. Since joining Infinity, he has worked to integrate the land easement payments and GIS data into a centralized database for efficient project tracking, mapping, and management. Mr. Whitaker holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Emily Cohen joined Infinity Renewables in May 2015 as a Commercial Director, bringing over 13 years of experience in the development and successful commercialization of wind and solar energy projects throughout North America. Ms. Cohen has extensive knowledge of real estate, project finance, interconnection and transmission issues, power sales, complex permitting and zoning environments, and site optimization. Ms. Cohen has held management roles at several companies including Clipper Windpower, Acciona Energy, and Element Power, as well as several years as a consulting advisor to companies in the wind, solar and marine energy industries. As a vice president at Element Power, Ms. Cohen directed all project development activities for over 3,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar projects in the western United States. In this capacity, Ms. Cohen led over 500 MW of photovoltaic solar now under contract for sale and pioneered unique wind-solar hybrid facilities. This experience, combined with project development at Clipper, Acciona, and other companies resulted in the successful build-out of several hundred MW of assets in various markets. Ms. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Casey Willis joined Infinity as a Senior Project Manager in May 2013. He has an extensive background in permitting and environmental review of energy projects and has worked with various federal, state and local agencies in complex regulatory environments. Mr. Willis has over 7 years of previous wind development experience and over 13 years of environmental and permitting experience. Prior to joining Infinity, he worked as the Permitting and Environmental Manager for Clipper Windpower Development Company and as a Development Project Manager for Champlin Windpower. In these roles, he was responsible for all environmental review and compliance activities, securing all applicable permits and entitlements from federal, state and local agencies, completing permitting and environment risk evaluations on potential acquisitions, and negotiating with federal, state and local officials for projects in various stages of development in 26 states. Mr. Willis holds a Master of Business Administration from the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at California State University, Channel Islands, a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Bachelor of the Arts degree with a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Christina White joined Infinity as Project Developer in December of 2015 to manage a portfolio of both wind and solar projects from greenfield development to final project permitting. She is a senior developer with a successful track record in developing and executing large-scale and distributed generation solar projects in California and in the Southwest and Mountain West regions. Prior to Infinity, Ms. White worked as a Director of Development for North America’s Utility Group at SunEdison and as Senior Manager for Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami.
Sarah Clark joined Infinity as Project Manager for GIS Applications in January 2014. She came with technical skills in Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing and multiple programming languages as well as a focus in Data Management. In Ms. Clark’s previous position at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, she worked as Projects Data Coordinator salvaging and archiving nearly 25 years of data from Prince William Sound, Alaska. In addition, she worked on data visualization projects using the programming language R, collected GPS data on wilderness areas and ran environmental analyses on satellite data. At Infinity, Ms. Clark leads the company’s data management enterprise as well as develops the GIS database and map repository. She has received both a Master of Environmental Science and Management degree from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University.
Matt Exter joined Infinity as Business Development Associate in June 2016. In this role, he is primarily focused on financial analysis, forecasting, and power marketing for wind and solar projects. In addition, he assists with the team’s merger and acquisition activities as well as raising debt and tax equity financings. Mr. Exter brings over 5 years of experience in project finance and renewable energy, including financial modeling, credit risk analysis, due diligence, and transaction execution. Prior to joining the Infinity team, he worked at OneWest Bank (part of CIT Group) where he was one of the founding members of the bank’s project finance platform. During his time at OneWest, he helped execute over $900 million in financings for wind, solar, and thermal energy generation projects across the United States. Prior to OneWest, he was an analyst in the Power & Utilities group at MUFG Americas. Mr. Exter holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of California, Riverside.
Owen Watson joined Infinity Renewables as a Development Associate in July 2016 to support all aspects of wind and solar project development within the company. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Santa Clara University in 2011, Owen spent two years working with PG&E’s Vegetation Management department engaging property owners and addressing vegetation in proximity to overhead power lines in order to maintain public safety and electric reliability in the South Bay Area. In June 2016, Owen earned a Master of Environmental Science and Management with a focus on Energy & Climate from UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. During his graduate studies, he focused on technological and financial aspects of carbon neutrality planning at UC Santa Barbara, and also worked with stakeholders from around the UC system to evaluate the benefits of wide-scale implementation of LEDs.
Kathy Dowling joined Infinity as Development Coordinator in June 2008. She is involved in all phases of the day-to-day office management and human resources. Ms. Dowling has over 25 years of experience as a manager and individual contributor in the venture capital, software, robotics and international marketplace, giving her the skills to meet the needs of a fast paced, dynamic company. Her career has provided a broad spectrum of experience as a Human Resource specialist, Notary, licensed real estate agent and other related experience. As Development Coordinator, Ms. Dowling manages the annual payments to landowners across the company’s portfolio of projects, the preparation and production of project newsletters, oversees the company website and provides general administrative support for all project and company-wide activities.
John Ginder joined Infinity as the Senior Legal Assistant in December 2014. He has over 7 years of experience working as a law clerk and legal assistant in civil litigation matters and gained first-hand exposure to land use issues while working for the Santa Barbara County Counsel’s Office. Mr. Ginder graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law. In his role at Infinity, Mr. Ginder assists the team’s General Counsel, in preparing and revising contracts, analyzing various legal documents, checking chain of title, and assisting in other legal matters as they arise.
Sarah Chaidez joined Infinity Renewables as a Paralegal in October 2016. In her role, she assists and supports the team’s General Counsel. She has over 8 years of combined legal and administration experience. Her background ranges from civil litigation to the healthcare industry, environmental services, and community outreach. Ms. Chaidez graduated from Antioch University, Santa Barbara with a BA in Environmental Studies.
Bob Baur joined Infinity as a Senior Land Agent in October 2008. He has over 15 years working as an oil and gas landman and over 7 years of wind farm lease and easement acquisition. Mr. Baur’s real estate and business experience also includes 19 years of property management, 5 years as a small business owner and 3 years as a real estate broker. He has extensive experience in acquisition, title, curative and due diligence. Mr. Baur received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and did post graduate work in Real Estate and Business Law at Ball State University. In 1978 Mr. Baur began working as real estate broker and has continued to work in real estate throughout his career. As a Senior Land Agent with Infinity, Mr. Baur is the first point of contact and thereby the first impression for landowners. He negotiates wind farm easement agreements, holds landowner meetings, researches public records for ownership, prepares legal descriptions, easements, options agreements, leases, amendments and letter agreements.
Brian Wixon joined Infinity as a Contracted Land Agent in September 2008 and subsequently as a full time Land Agent in December 2009. Mr. Wixon’s real estate and business experience includes 8 years of business ownership and 10 years as a real estate professional. He has experience in business finance, management, sales, marketing, title curative, due diligence work and land acquisition. Mr. Wixon takes great pride in his mid-western upbringing and roots and has worked on a farm or with farmers most of his life. Mr. Wixon was promoted to Senior Land Agent with Infinity in December 2013 and is the first point of contact and thereby the first impression for landowners. He negotiates wind farm easement agreements, holds landowner meetings, researches public records for ownership, and prepares easements, leases or amendments as required.
Kenedy Singer joined Infinity as a Land Agent in 2015. With over 20 years of experience in real estate and business relationship management, he has been a leader in the field of residential real estate since the early ‘90’s in both California and New Mexico working with large independent local firms such as McGuire Real Estate and Pitts & Bachmann. As a PMP internationally certified project manager with SGB Holdings, Mr. Singer worked with elected officials and business leaders in opening international markets in the precious metals industry in Fiji and the U.S. territory of American Samoa. He also coached and trained executives to maximize their productivity. Mr. Singer understands the value of clear and effective communication and knows that listening is the key to hearing what is needed. His dedication is to create win-win opportunities for all sides with the utmost level of integrity. He received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Austin along with his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
David Mebane joined Infinity as a Land Agent in 2016, bringing with him over 22 years of land Acquisition and Project Management knowledge from the telecommunications industry, where he represented leading carriers such as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. Mr. Mebane acquired extensive experience in land lease negotiations and easement agreements throughout the West and Mid-Western States, successfully negotiating large volume real estate transactions necessary for the development of regional telecommunications networks for leading operators in the industry. His responsibilities extended to Project Management of large network deployments, managing other real estate specialists, land use experts and construction managers. As a land agent, Mr. Mebane places emphasis on clear communication, diligence, honesty and integrity. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications / Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado, and is a licensed Real Estate Agent in California and Washington State.
Rose Figueroa, Joined Infinity Renewables in July 2016 as a Staff Accountant, with over 18 years of combined Bookkeeping and Business Administration plus 5 years of Marketing and Advertising experience; her background ranges from the Automotive Industry, Furniture, Health, Real Estate Development, Property Management, to Business Acquisitions. Ms. Figueroa attended Oxnard College where she received an AA focused in Psychology and then went on to discover her passion for numbers. She attended California State University of Northridge, and later on Stratford Career Institute to get an Accounting Certificate.
Keri Lamberton joined Infinity as an Administrative Assistant in March 2015. She has an extensive set of skills acquired from her multi-faceted work experience. Her varied background ranges from owning and managing a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, managing shopping centers along with multiple self-storage facilities to teaching kindergarten through 8th grade. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University with a minor in Elementary Education. She brings to Infinity a diverse set of skills that she continues to hone and assists Infinity in various areas of the company's activities.