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

Carter Gibson

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

Nate Rutledge

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

 

 

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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
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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.

 

Jeff Coleman

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

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.

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.