Leading Midwest Solar Developer
Simply put, we thrive on providing low-cost solar energy generation to our customers, while being sensitive to the environment and creating jobs.
Ecos Energy LLC (Ecos) is a Minnesota-based renewable energy development and services company that develops and operates distributed generation solar projects throughout the U.S. Since 2010, Ecos Energy has developed and operates over 44 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation solar PV projects throughout the U.S. Ecos Energy’s current operating portfolio generates enough electricity to power over 8,700 homes per year and offsets carbon emissions equal to that of over 14,600 automobiles.
In addition to its existing operating portfolio, Ecos has a number of future solar PV projects under contract throughout the US that are scheduled to achieve commercial operations in 2019 and 2020. Ecos currently operates solar PV projects in Minnesota, Georgia, Indiana, California, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. These facilities sell power and/or renewable attributes to Xcel Energy, Georgia Power, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Eversource Energy. In addition, Ecos and its affiliates sell net metering credits to a number of towns and municipalities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
OUR COMPANY MISSION
To combat climate change by developing sustainable and economically viable renewable energy generation, while maximizing the creation of jobs and minimizing the impact to the environment.
As part of its corporate mission to combat climate change, Allco seeks to enforce rights of a special type of renewable energy generators called Qualifying Facilities or QFs generally. It engages in that part of its mission by participating in various proceedings to enforce laws that benefit developers of renewable energy QFs on a broad scale, so as to open up markets broadly to QFs by overcoming the traditional reluctance of utilities to purchase renewable energy from QFs.
President Barack Obama has rightly called climate change the greatest threat to national security. We now regularly see reports of collapsing glaciers in Antarctica caused by the continued inaction on climate change . Since 2000 the planet has experienced 14 of the hottest years on record, and recently scientists at the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have debunked the notion that climate change has slowed down . In June researchers at Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley issued a report that the effects of climate change, pollution and deforestation have caused the Earth to enter the beginning of a new extinction phase where humans could be among the first casualties . The evidence that dramatic and immediate action is required continues every day. Just a couple of months ago, a study written by NASA’s former lead climate scientist and 16 co-authors, “concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.”  Allco’s corporate mission includes advancing the goals of fighting the devastating impacts from climate change by seeking to open up markets to QFs broadly, and challenge utilities actions that are contrary to their obligations under federal law to QFs.
Meet Our Team
Chris Little joined Ecos Energy LLC in March of 2008. As Director of Development for Ecos Energy’s distributed generation photovoltaic (PV) solar projects, Chris’s responsibilities include project land acquisition, risk management, contract administration, permitting and financing. Chris plays in integral role in overseeing Ecos Energy’s development of distributed generation solar projects in the Midwest, the West Coast and the East Coast. He has experience working with distributed generation solar projects with numerous utilities throughout the U.S.
Prior to joining Ecos Energy, Chris worked as a Land Acquisition Manager for Ryland Homes as well as spending 6 years working developing utility related projects for We Energies, a Wisconsin based utility. Chris received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Steve Broyer joined the Ecos Energy team in early 2013. Steve comes to Ecos from Westwood Professional Services where Steve was responsible for managing the preparation of civil and electrical documents for Westwood’s wind and solar clients around the country.
At Ecos, Steve is responsible for preparation of civil engineering design drawings for all of Ecos Energy’s solar PV projects, including grading, storm water and erosion control and site plan design.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Civil Engineering.
Reed Reynolds joined Ecos Energy, LLC in September of 2014. He is responsible for the preparation of the consolidated quarterly financial statements, as well as all accounts payable and accounts receivable tasks. In addition, Reed handles various property tax and income tax matters. He also manages the company payroll and benefits accounting.
Prior to joining Ecos, Reed worked in property management accounting at both CBRE and Target Corporation. He received his Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Accounting from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
Tim joined the Ecos Energy team in March 2008 after 6 years as President, Sierra Capital Services, a financial services company focused primarily on arranging financing for renewable energy projects. Prior to that, Tim was involved in international shipping for over 20 years as Chief Financial Officer and ship-owner. He spent 13 years as Chief Financial Officer for the Marine Chartering Group of Companies in San Francisco. The group owned and operated a fleet of containerships, breakbulk carriers, chemical tankers and refrigerated ships throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Tim managed the group’s chemical tanker business, with ships trading throughout Asia, and containership business, with ships operating throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, Tim was CFO and management consultant for a number of startup companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tim started his career at American President Companies in Oakland, CA.Tim is responsible for managing development of the project team’s project pipeline of solar projects throughout the United States. In addition, Tim manages and oversees the interconnection application and study process for all of Ecos Energy’s solar PV projects. Tim also is responsible for obtaining power purchase agreements to sell power from Ecos Energy’s solar PV projects.
Tim received his BS, Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA, Finance and International Business from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Blake Nicholson joined Ecos Energy, LLC in September of 2009. Blake engages in project land acquisition, permitting, and other development activities for all of Ecos Energy’s solar projects. Blake also supports the project interconnection process and seeks new development opportunities.
Blake received his BA in Economics from Carleton College with a minor in Environmental and Technology Studies.
Josh joined the Ecos team in 2018 as our Asset Manager. He is responsible for all post-delivery plant requirements and yield including O&M, performance analytics and reporting, OEM warranty management, ongoing utility and land obligations, and pro-active risk mitigation. Josh also identifyies and manages opportunities to retrofit new technology at existing plants.
Josh joined the solar industry in 2008. He has been a residential and commercial installer, managed residential install operations, built a PV design team for the largest residential home-builder in the country, and managed the Special Projects group at a large EPC. As the manager of the Special Projects group, Josh focused on assessing stranded assets, transitioning systems from 600v to 1000v, inverter retrofits, plant decommissioning, and full system replacements.
Josh is a NABCEP certified PV installer and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana. When not at work Josh enjoys hangin’ with his family, riding bikes, and tinkering.