Why MEI

Certainty. Speed. Trust.

Our Team

MEI boast technical experts in solar, battery storage and across the energy sectors to ensure our customers and partners can rely on a broad and diverse perspective.

Ben Hunter
Ben Hunter
Vice President

bhunter@madisonei.com
Ben works in Operations at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. His responsibilities include contract management, revenue billing and collections, regulatory and financial reporting, O&M management and account management. Prior to joining the Madison Energy Investments team, Ben spent over six years with Deloitte Consulting leading client projects focused primarily on achieving operational efficiencies. Specific project experience included driving large program integrations, redesigning operating models, and identifying process automation opportunities. He is a CPA and previously worked in Tax Advisory at KPMG and Investment Banking at BB&T Capital Markets. Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Virginia.

Brandon Schneider
Brandon Schneider
Director

bschneider@madisonei.com
Brandon works in Operations at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. He is responsible for corporate and asset financing diligence, project management, asset management, third party relationships and contract management. Previously, Brandon worked at WGL Energy where he managed operational responsibilities for tax equity partnerships totaling over $200MM enterprise value. This included creating and updating all forecast, operational and financial reporting requirements per tax equity partnership and creating and managing SOPs for billing and customer relationships for over 300 MW of C&I solar assets. Prior, Brandon worked as a Research Manager for the Private Equity division of GLG where he focused on the Energy and Industrials and Technology industries. He graduated from George Washington University’s MBA program in May of 2019.

Chioma Enechukwu
Chioma Enechukwu
Senior Associate

cenechukwu@madisonei.com
Chioma works in operations at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. She is part of the asset management group focusing on maximizing revenue and performance across operating assets, ensuring contract compliance and managing O&M providers. Previously, Chioma worked for several years in the carbon capture, utilization and storage space. She has also worked as a consulting geologist on environmental remediation issues. She received a bachelor of science in environmental geology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Engineering from China University of Petroleum.

Christiana Katsoulos
Christiana Katsoulos
Senior Associate

ckatsoulos@madisonei.com
Christiana works in operations at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. She is part of the asset management group focusing on data analytics, process management and contract administration. Christiana previously worked at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation as an Operations Engineer. There she focused on process improvement of manufacturing procedures for the G500 and G600 aircrafts. Prior to Gulfstream, Christiana worked as an intern at WGL Energy in their solar group, where she gained knowledge on commercial asset management and distributed generation. Christiana graduated with a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University,

George Carstens
George Carstens
Project Manager

gcarstens@madisonei.com
George works in operations at Madison Energy Investments. He is responsible for EPC contract management and contractual due diligence and compliance. Prior to joining the Madison Energy Investments team, George spent six years in the renewable energy industry in various roles such as operations management of a PV contractor, PV design consulting engineering, and off-grid systems design. Before entering the energy industry, he worked as a project manager for a large mechanical contractor in the Southeast performing mechanical system-based energy performance contracting. George graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Gerard Neely
Gerard Neely
Director

gneely@madisonei.com
Gerard works in business development in Madison Energy Investments’ New York City office. He works with partners and clients to help deliver turnkey solutions for solar development across all markets. Gerard previously managed the Maryland Commercial PACE Program and helped develop C-PACE markets across the Midwest and other markets. Gerard was selected as a Fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute that recruits and develops young professionals with strong working knowledge of energy markets and policy. While in graduate school, Gerard worked in the UK’s House of Lords conducting research and education on electricity market reform policy. Gerard received his B.A in Political Science and History from Wake Forest University and holds an M.A. in International Political Economy from King’s College London.

Grace Huang
Grace Huang
Director

ghuang@madisonei.com
Grace works in the accounting & finance department at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. She is responsible for all activities related to accounting and corporate finance. Grace has extensive experience in construction accounting and daily accounting operations. Prior to joining Madison Energy Investments, Grace worked at WGL Energy, where she managed all aspects of accounting for energy efficiency and distributed generation projects including the WGL Energy C&I solar portfolio. Grace has also worked at Fannie MAE in loan accounting and in the design department of Sunrise Senior Living. Grace is a certified public accountant and received her B.A. in Accounting from Concord University in West Virginia.

Hermann Yibokou
Hermann Yibokou
Senior Analyst

hyibokou@madisonei.com
Hermann works in business development and acquisitions at Madison Energy Investments’ New York office. He is involved in the valuation and strategic due diligence of C&L solar and storage assets across the United States. Previously, Hermann worked as a project finance analyst at Wunder Capital, a C&L solar financier, where he advanced $150m in debt financing opportunities and improved underwriting frameworks to mitigate risks and value opportunities associated with various project and programmatic cash flows. Prior, Hermann worked at the Heron Foundation, where he helped steward a $300m impact-oriented portfolio across fixed income, grants, and public and private equities. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics & Management.

Jack Hachmann
Jack Hachmann
Managing Partner

jhachmann@madisonei.com
Jack oversees all activities relating to Operations at Madison Energy Investments. This includes system design, project management, permitting, EPC negotiations and asset management. Prior to co-founding Madison Energy Investments, Jack spent six years at WGL Energy where he was Director of Operations and Asset Management. He oversaw all construction of over 300 MW of C&I distributed generation assets and managed a portfolio of over 300 assets totaling 320 MW across 20 states. Jack also previously worked in a number of construction related roles at Q Cells, Standard Solar and NVR. Jack graduated with a Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and received his Masters in Business Administration from West Virginia University.

Jason Norinsky
Jason Norinsky
Senior Associate Counsel

jnorinsky@madisonei.com
Jason serves as Madison Energy Investment’s Senior Associate Counsel, supporting all facets of MEI’s business. Jason has over six years of experience leading and structuring finance and M&A transactions for both private and public clients across a broad range of industries as an Associate at some of the nation’s top law firms in both New York, NY and Richmond, VA. Prior to working as a corporate attorney, Jason advised financial institutions as a Senior Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Jason received his B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in New York and Virginia.

Jenn Rist
Jenn Rist
Vice President

jrist@madisonei.com
Jenn manages all activities relating to Operations at Madison Energy Investments. This includes asset delivery and management, EPC contract negotiations, and all contractual due diligence and compliance. Prior to joining the Madison Energy Investments team, Jenn spent nearly six years in the C&I solar industry as Principal of Nexus Consulting Team where she managed the construction and delivery of over 175 MW of distributed energy. Before entering the energy industry, she worked as a Project Manager with defense contractor L-3 Communications, and spent five years as the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia chapter of Girls on the Run International, growing it into the largest council in the country. Jenn has been PMP certified since 2013 and graduated with a Bachelors in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Juliana Harless
Juliana Harless
Associate, Southeast Markets

jharless@madisonei.com
Juliana works in business development focused on the Southeastern market. Based out of Birmingham, Alabama, she works with partners and clients to deliver turnkey solutions for solar development across the southeast. Juliana has marketing and business development experience across several industries, including product and professional services. She was previously a Marketing Coordinator for a large MEP Engineering firm that provides planning, design, engineering, commissioning and facility assessment services globally to clients in the healthcare, higher education, laboratory/research and government sectors. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and Political Science.

Praniti Mehta
Praniti Mehta
Analyst

pmehta@madisonei.com
Praniti works as a Project Finance Analyst at Madison Energy Investment’s Virginia Office. She works across multiple functions of the business from business development to finance and operations. Previously, she interned at Emory Investment Management where she rotated across various asset classes including private equity, venture capital and public markets. Praniti has also worked as a summer analyst in Deloitte’s transfer pricing division and in HDFC Mutual Fund’s asset management wing. She graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Econometrics and Quantitative Economics.

Richard Walsh
Richard Walsh
Managing Partner

rwalsh@madisonei.com
Rich oversees all activities relating to Business Development and Strategy at Madison Energy Investments. This includes project origination, new market analysis and partner and customer relations. Rich spent five years at WGL Energy where he led business development activities related to solar. He originated over $300 million of projects across dozens of state markets with clients ranging from the Federal Government to professional sports teams. Rich also previously worked in renewable energy advisory with Sterling Planet. Rich recently served as the US representative for the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leaders Programme. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Samford University.

Shivapriya Balasubramanian
Shivapriya Balasubramanian
Director

shivapriya@madisonei.com
Shivapriya works in Business Development at Madison Energy Investments’ New York office. She evaluates and performs strategic due diligence on the North American C&I solar and storage deal flow for capital deployment. Previously, Shivapriya worked with the Norwegian utility Statkraft to help develop its C&I solar business in India and negotiated large C&I behind-the meter and open access solar opportunities with a combined capacity of close to 200 MW. Shivapriya also worked as a Power & Utilities Analyst with Ernst & Young India for four years, where she collaborated with Indian and European partners as well as global solution teams on Energy Advisory and Assurance business development and research. She graduated from International Management Institute, Delhi, India, where she finished her MBA in 2012. She received a Merit Certificate from the Dean for graduating third in her batch.

Steven Cunningham
Steven Cunningham
Managing Partner

scunningham@madisonei.com
Steve oversees all activities relating to finance at Madison Energy Investments. This includes structuring of partnerships, arranging corporate and asset financing and investor relations. Prior to co-founding Madison Energy Investments, Steve spent several years at WGL Energy where he was responsible for tax equity partnerships totaling over $300M in project value including partnership structuring, financial modeling, solar project evaluation, acquisition due diligence, asset management and partnership operations. Steve also previously worked in consulting and investment banking. Steve graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University and received his Masters in Business Administration from Darden School of Business.

Tucker Johnson
Tucker Johnson
Senior Analyst

tjohnson@madisonei.com
Tucker works in finance and operations at Madison Energy Investments’ Virginia office. He is involved in corporate and project finance, asset level due diligence, project management, third party relationships and contract management. Previously, Tucker worked at Tobin and Company Investment Banking Group in Charlotte, NC as an investment banking analyst involved in M&A transactions and direct private placements. Prior to the financial industry, Tucker was the dealer group inventory manager for a multi-franchise luxury automotive retail group based out of Charleston, SC. He graduated from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina in May of 2016 with a degree in Business Administration.

Our Process

A Simple Approach to Project Diligence

1
Market Development and Market Analysis

2
Opportunity Feasibility – Technical and Economical Analysis

3
Review with Partner and Customer – Savings Analysis, Schedule, Incentives

4
Due Diligence – legal, engineering, appraisal

5
Financing – debt, tax equity, committee funding approval

6
Asset Management – monitoring production, customer engagement and overall performance

Our Industry Partners

In order for the team at Madison Energy Investments to achieve scale, we rely on expertise of top tier industry associations. These organizations provide Madison Energy Investments and the industry as a whole with policy support, advocacy and best practices.

Our Investor

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is a North America focused private equity firm with a conservative yet opportunistic approach to infrastructure investing. Stonepeak invests in businesses comprised of hard assets with leading market positions primarily in the following sectors: Energy, Power & Renewables, Transportation, Utilities, Water & Communications. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York, Stonepeak manages over $15 billion of capital for its investors (as of June 30, 2018).

Stonepeak’s Operating Partners and Senior Advisors, who help drive value for the firm both in the due diligence process and during post-acquisition operations, are seasoned industry veterans and include multiple former chief executives of publicly listed companies.