About Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC
Renewable Energy Massachusetts LLC (REM) is a Massachusetts-based solar energy development company founded in 2009 that has developed several large-scale operating solar projects in Massachusetts. REM is a member of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, has been an active participant in the Massachusetts DOER and DPU solar energy policy making process, and is currently developing several megawatt-scale municipal and community shared solar energy projects in the Commonwealth.
ROBERT M. KNOWLES, PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER
Bob Knowles has been a Partner and co-founder of REM since 2009. He is responsible for generating new business, site acquisition, project development, utility management and energy sales. He is a senior executive with over twenty-five years of business experience, and prior to REM he held roles as Director of Sales & Marketing and Business Development at Project Adventure, Inc., a $10 million in revenue non-profit. Earlier in his career Bob was a key member of the management teams of two innovative consumer packaged goods start-up companies in both the pharmaceutical and premium beverage industries. He assisted in the negotiations for the successful sale of each company in 1997 and 2002 respectively. Bob acts in advisory roles for various start-up companies in the Boston area. He received his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1985.
BRIAN KOPPERL, PARTNER & CO-FOUNDER
Brian Kopperl is a Partner of REM, the solar energy development company he co-founded in 2009. Brian has over 25 years of business, legal and professional experience serving in capacities as project developer, contract negotiator, startup entrepreneur, institutional asset manager, public presenter, and corporate lawyer. As a principal of REM, Brian supervises the firm’s solar development business, helping to guide its strategic direction, project development and investment decisions. Brian was previously the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Pegasus Investments, Inc., a Boston investment management firm that he co-directed from a seed $3 million portfolio to a peak a decade later of $450 million of public equity security investments. Earlier in his career, Brian served as a corporate and securities law attorney with the predecessor to the national law firm Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco, CA. Brian also served on the law staff of Judge Pamela Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit Court in Pasadena, CA. Brian earned his BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and his JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review. Following a mid-career MPA at Harvard Kennedy School in 2006, in addition to his duties with REM, Brian has served on strategic advisory teams to nonprofit clients of Community Action Partners (CAP), the Harvard Business and Kennedy School alumni service arm.
THOMAS SCHIEBER, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Thomas Schieber is responsible for REM’s new business generation, site acquisition, project development and the management of utility relationships during the development phase of solar projects. Previously Thomas worked in diverse industry segments for leading multi-national companies Black & Decker, Guinness/Diageo and CSM in marketing and sales roles. He is an expert in developing marketing strategies, launching new products, building brands and managing customer relationships. Having spent over 20 years working in global blue chip companies in Europe, Thomas relocated to Massachusetts in 2013 and has since worked in the green energy sector developing rooftop solar energy projects. Thomas received his MBA from Columbia Business School.
STEVE BARRETT, DIRECTOR OF CLEAN ENERGY, HMMH
Steve is a LEED Accredited Professional with 20 years of experience in environmental and regulatory consulting and project management. Currently, Steve is the Director of Clean Energy for Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH) in Burlington, MA where he leads their Climate & Energy Practice. In this role, Steve has been advising clients in renewable and sustainable initiatives, including siting, design, and financial analysis of wind, solar, and marine hydrokinetic projects, sustainability planning and LEED certification, and the permitting of energy, infrastructure, and real estate projects. He is a national expert in the siting of renewable energy projects at airports having authored industry guidance for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Academy of Sciences. Steve is also a principal of Minuteman Wind LLC, the developer of the Savoy, MA 12.5MW wind project in Western Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor’s from Union College and a Master’s from the University of Virginia.
ED BRAKEMAN, ADVISOR
Managing Director, Bain Capital, LLC, Boston, an affiliation Ed has maintained since 1988, first in private equity investments and then as co-founder in 1996 of Bain Capital’s public equity investment business, Brookside Capital. Active philanthropic roles currently with Tenacity, African Leadership Academy, and Girls and Boys Town. Ed is an REM advisor; as a matter of principle, he does not invest in private, non-control transactions outside Bain Capital. Ed has known Brian Kopperl for over 30 years and advises REM on matters of company strategy and management. Stanford University MBA.
BOB MCDERMOTT, CO-FOUNDER & ADVISOR
Following his 26-year career in financial services, the last 12 years of which he served as Managing Director and head of Sales and Trading in Boston for CIBC, Bob formed McDermott & MacCarthy a team of advisors at By the Sea, a division of Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2008 Bob also formed ECO Investments to invest in the renewable energy space. Bob earned his BA from Southern New Hampshire University, and served a six-year term as a trustee there.