Meet The Team

Leadership

Combining over 60 years of experience in the renewables market with honesty, flexibility and comprehensive EPC knowledge.

Matt LeDucq

President
  • 15+ Years of experience in renewables business
  • Overseen $5B+ in transactions in EPC, OEM and long term investments
  • Experience leading transactions for utility scale solar, community solar, stand alone storage, electric vehicle, fuel cell & microgrids

Jeff Coleman

Vice President of Construction
  • 20+ Years of experience in Construction Management
  • Negotiated, contracted and managed over $2B in projects
Michael Kane

Michael Kane

Vice President of Engineering
  • $6B+ is technical management in various power generation projects
  • Leader and technical manager of all pumped hyrdo projects for Forum
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Prior to becoming President of Forum Energy Partners, Matt was the Executive Director of NextEra Energy’s distributed generation team where he oversaw all greenfield origination, land acquisition, early stage development and M&A. His team built the distributed generation pipeline to nearly $2B in owned assets. Matt has also held various leadership roles with Suntech, Yingli, EI Solutions and PowerLight where he started his career as a construction manager in 2003. He holds a BA from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, Jeff was the Vice President of EPC for Urban Grid Solar as well as Senior Director of Construction at BayWa r.e. Solar Projects. Jeff has been in the renewable industry since 2006, spending his first 10 years working for contractors including Suntech, Morrow-Meadows Corporation and Rosendin Electric. He then transitioned to the owners side of the business when he joined BayWa r.e. Solar Projects.

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Mike has more than 30 years of experience in large and complex utility project technical management and mechanical engineering for power facilities. His broad experience includes Combined Cycle Power plants, Multiple Environmental Control Projects, and the Cove Point LNG Export facility. Mike has provided technical management for utility projects valued at over $6 Billion in total installed cost. Michael is a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Kane has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University.

Rob Kelly

Senior Vice President Business Development
  • 12+ Years in Distributed Solar Energy Development
  • 3 years of Electrification of Transportation
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In 2006 as the 18th employee at SolarCity, Rob made significant contributions in growing the business to employ over 10,000 people, achieve IPO, and be acquired by Tesla. While at SolarCity he originated the first commercial solar projects, created the Arizona Solar Schools Program, and a Privatized Military Housing Solar offering. From solar into the e-mobility market in 2018, he co-founded AMPLY Power a charging infrastructure service provider, where he originated the first few projects, successfully raised a series A round of funding and became the leader in Charge Management Services.

Graham Evarts

Vice President Business Development
  • 15+ Years in solar and renewables
  • Experience leading business development efforts at Radian Generation and Suntech
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Graham is an experienced renewables executive with a 15-year track record of executing complex transactions in the solar industry. Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, he led Radian Generation’s business development team, growing total wind and solar assets under management five-fold. He leverages past roles in solar design optimization, PVSyst performance modeling, asset management and operations, and finance to understand customers’ needs, develop intelligent solutions, and build durable client relationships. He graduated from Northwestern University and received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Carter Gibson

Project Director
  • 25+ Years of experience in project execution
  • Managed over 1GW of solar and energy storage EPC
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Carter is adept in managing all aspects of the project lifecycle. From front end engineering and scoping to safe and productive construction to commissioning, compliance and close out, he is dedicated to forging strong, long lasting relationships. Carter focuses on developing systems that provide repeatable, sustainable results. Carter has extensive experience in Engineering and Construction and has led complex multiphase projects utilizing diverse teams in multiple locations.

Nate Rutledge

Project Executive
  • 20 Years of Construction and Project Management Experience
  • Managed over 1GW of utility scale solar installations
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Nate has a diverse background in managing construction projects, with experience in residential, commercial, heavy civil, and renewables. Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, Nate was a Senior Estimator for the Griffith Company, as well as the nationwide Construction Manager for Granite Construction’s renewable division. Nate is skilled in all phases of project execution, from estimating and contract negotiations, through construction and project close out.

Matt LeDucq

President
  • 15+ Years of experience in renewables business
  • Overseen $5B+ in transactions in EPC, OEM and long term investments
  • Experience leading transactions for utility scale solar, community solar, stand alone storage, electric vehicle, fuel cell & microgrids
Read More

Prior to becoming President of Forum Energy Partners, Matt was the Executive Director of NextEra Energy’s distributed generation team where he oversaw all greenfield origination, land acquisition, early stage development and M&A. His team built the distributed generation pipeline to nearly $2B in owned assets. Matt has also held various leadership roles with Suntech, Yingli, EI Solutions and PowerLight where he started his career as a construction manager in 2003. He holds a BA from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jeff Coleman

Vice President of Construction
  • 20+ Years of experience in Construction Management
  • Negotiated, contracted and managed over $2B in projects
Read More

Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, Jeff was the Vice President of EPC for Urban Grid Solar as well as Senior Director of Construction at BayWa r.e. Solar Projects. Jeff has been in the renewable industry since 2006, spending his first 10 years working for contractors including Suntech, Morrow-Meadows Corporation and Rosendin Electric. He then transitioned to the owners side of the business when he joined BayWa r.e. Solar Projects.

Michael Kane

Michael Kane

Vice President of Engineering
  • $6B+ is technical management in various power generation projects
  • Leader and technical manager of all pumped hyrdo projects for Forum
Read More

Mike has more than 30 years of experience in large and complex utility project technical management and mechanical engineering for power facilities. His broad experience includes Combined Cycle Power plants, Multiple Environmental Control Projects, and the Cove Point LNG Export facility. Mike has provided technical management for utility projects valued at over $6 Billion in total installed cost. Michael is a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Kane has a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University.

Rob Kelly

Senior Vice President Business Development
  • 12+ Years in Distributed Solar Energy Development
  • 3 years of Electrification of Transportation
Read More

In 2006 as the 18th employee at SolarCity, Rob made significant contributions in growing the business to employ over 10,000 people, achieve IPO, and be acquired by Tesla. While at SolarCity he originated the first commercial solar projects, created the Arizona Solar Schools Program, and a Privatized Military Housing Solar offering. From solar into the e-mobility market in 2018, he co-founded AMPLY Power a charging infrastructure service provider, where he originated the first few projects, successfully raised a series A round of funding and became the leader in Charge Management Services.

Graham Evarts

Vice President Business Development
  • 15+ Years in solar and renewables
  • Experience leading business development efforts at Radian Generation and Suntech
Read More

Graham is an experienced renewables executive with a 15-year track record of executing complex transactions in the solar industry. Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, he led Radian Generation’s business development team, growing total wind and solar assets under management five-fold. He leverages past roles in solar design optimization, PVSyst performance modeling, asset management and operations, and finance to understand customers’ needs, develop intelligent solutions, and build durable client relationships. He graduated from Northwestern University and received an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Carter Gibson

Project Director
  • 25+ Years of experience in project execution
  • Managed over 1GW of solar and energy storage EPC
Read More

Carter is adept in managing all aspects of the project lifecycle. From front end engineering and scoping to safe and productive construction to commissioning, compliance and close out, he is dedicated to forging strong, long lasting relationships. Carter focuses on developing systems that provide repeatable, sustainable results. Carter has extensive experience in Engineering and Construction and has led complex multiphase projects utilizing diverse teams in multiple locations.

Nate Rutledge

Project Executive
  • 20 Years of Construction and Project Management Experience
  • Managed over 1GW of utility scale solar installations
Read More

Nate has a diverse background in managing construction projects, with experience in residential, commercial, heavy civil, and renewables. Prior to joining Forum Energy Partners, Nate was a Senior Estimator for the Griffith Company, as well as the nationwide Construction Manager for Granite Construction’s renewable division. Nate is skilled in all phases of project execution, from estimating and contract negotiations, through construction and project close out.

Board & Partners

Matt LeDucq
  • 15+ Years of experience in renewables business
  • Overseen $5B+ in transactions in EPC, OEM and long term investments
  • Experience leading transactions for utility scale solar, community solar, stand alone storage, electric vehicle, fuel cell & microgrids

Prior to becoming President of Forum Energy Partners, Matt was the Executive Director of NextEra Energy’s distributed generation team where he oversaw all greenfield origination, land acquisition, early stage development and M&A. His team built the distributed generation pipeline to nearly $2B in owned assets. Matt has also held various leadership roles with Suntech, Yingli, EI Solutions and PowerLight where he started his career as a construction manager in 2003. He holds a BA from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Tom Dodson
  • 20+ Years of experience in thermal & renewable power projects
  • Licensed contractor & professional engineer in 20+ states
  • Civil Engineering Degree from Cornell University; Masters Degrees from Penn State University & the University of Florida

Prior to co-founding i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners), Tom was the President of Amec Foster Wheeler Power division, which he grew from $1B to over $1.8B annually. This growth was driven by focusing on integrated engineering and construction services, notably turn-key renewable projects; and his commitment to people and partnerships.

Topher Wood
  • 13+ Years of experience in renewables
  • Over $2.5B in executed solar EPC project experience
  • Manufacturing Engineering Degree from James Madison University and a Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology

As Co-Founder of both i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners) and Amec Foster Wheeler’s Solar EPC Group, Topher has led and grown one of the largest Solar EPC portfolios in the country. His dedication to project quality has proven successful, garnering repeat customers across regulated utilities, the military, as well as some of the largest third party financed projects in operation today. Prior to solar, Topher was supply chain and quality engineer for Toyota Motors.

Bobby Batista
  • 10+ Years of experience in solar development & engineering management
  • Over 1.5GW of solar project experience
  • Known for creating & optimizing best practices for performance, engineering and equipment that become industry standards

Prior to co-founding i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners) and Amec Foster Wheeler’s solar group, Bobby led technical development efforts for some of the early solar PPA projects and worked for Lockheed Martin’s Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has also been the lead engineer for some of the largest projects in the US and Canada, optimizing the design and performance process to create $100s of millions in value to project owners. Bobby holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University.

Matt LeDucq
  • 15+ Years of experience in renewables business
  • Overseen $5B+ in transactions in EPC, OEM and long term investments
  • Experience leading transactions for utility scale solar, community solar, stand alone storage, electric vehicle, fuel cell & microgrids

Prior to becoming President of Forum Energy Partners, Matt was the Executive Director of NextEra Energy’s distributed generation team where he oversaw all greenfield origination, land acquisition, early stage development and M&A. His team built the distributed generation pipeline to nearly $2B in owned assets. Matt has also held various leadership roles with Suntech, Yingli, EI Solutions and PowerLight where he started his career as a construction manager in 2003. He holds a BA from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

 

Tom Dodson
  • 20+ Years of experience in thermal & renewable power projects
  • Licensed contractor & professional engineer in 20+ states
  • Civil Engineering Degree from Cornell University; Masters Degrees from Penn State University & the University of Florida

Prior to co-founding i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners), Tom was the President of Amec Foster Wheeler Power division, which he grew from $1B to over $1.8B annually. This growth was driven by focusing on integrated engineering and construction services, notably turn-key renewable projects; and his commitment to people and partnerships.

Topher Wood
  • 13+ Years of experience in renewables
  • Over $2.5B in executed solar EPC project experience
  • Manufacturing Engineering Degree from James Madison University and a Masters in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology

As Co-Founder of both i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners) and Amec Foster Wheeler’s Solar EPC Group, Topher has led and grown one of the largest Solar EPC portfolios in the country. His dedication to project quality has proven successful, garnering repeat customers across regulated utilities, the military, as well as some of the largest third party financed projects in operation today. Prior to solar, Topher was supply chain and quality engineer for Toyota Motors.

Bobby Batista
  • 10+ Years of experience in solar development & engineering management
  • Over 1.5GW of solar project experience
  • Known for creating & optimizing best practices for performance, engineering and equipment that become industry standards

Prior to co-founding i1 Energy (now Forum Energy Partners) and Amec Foster Wheeler’s solar group, Bobby led technical development efforts for some of the early solar PPA projects and worked for Lockheed Martin’s Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory. He has also been the lead engineer for some of the largest projects in the US and Canada, optimizing the design and performance process to create $100s of millions in value to project owners. Bobby holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford University.

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Forum Energy Partners combines over 60 years of experience in the renewables market with honesty, flexibility and comprehensive EPC knowledge.