200 Years of Combined Experience Delivering 10+ GW of Renewable Energy Projects

Our Experience

At Vesper, we know energy. Collectively, our team has two centuries of renewable energy experience. We’ve developed, financed and constructed over 10 GW of renewable energy projects, and have experience operating more than 6 GW of energy projects across the globe.

We put that experience to good use by developing innovative solutions to our customer’s most complex energy requirements.

Our Experience

Our History

We started business in 2005 as Lendlease Energy Development. Since then, we’ve built an experienced
team and a pipeline of more than 3 GW of solar projects and 3 GWh of energy storage projects across the United States. We have successfully commercialized 680 MW of renewable energy projects since our founding.

In 2020, we were acquired by Magnetar Capital and rebranded ourselves as Vesper Energy. With our
experienced team, our developing pipeline of projects, and the financial strength of Magnetar Capital and our financial partners, we’re well prepared and excited to contribute to building a clean energy infrastructure.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Craig is the President and Chief Executive of Vesper Energy and was the founder of its predecessor Lendlease Energy Development. Prior to Vesper, Craig was the Chief Executive Officer of Infigen Energy US, where he was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s 1GW fleet of wind farms and 700 MW solar development business in the United States. Craig was also the Executive General Manager for Infigen Energy’s global operations and asset management functions. Before that, Craig served as the business unit leader for BP’s US Cogeneration business and as Vice President of projects, operations and asset management at BP Alternative Energy. He has also held senior management positions with ConocoPhillips and SkyGen Energy. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Travis is responsible for designing, procuring and constructing Vesper Energy capital projects.  Travis leads a team that manages construction projects from origination to commissioning for daily operation. Prior to joining Vesper, Travis held leadership roles within NextEra Energy Resources.  While at NextEra, Travis managed preconstruction teams that delivered over 6GW of projects focused on wind, transmission, solar and energy storage.  Prior to preconstruction, Travis successfully managed the construction and commissioning of 13 operating solar projects.  Before NextEra, Travis worked in the field on project sites for Blattner Energy on wind and transmission projects. Travis received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master’s Degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Mark is responsible for leading the origination and asset management functions at Vesper Energy and previously at Lendlease Energy Development. Prior to joining Lendlease, Mark held sales leadership roles at Solaire Generation (acquired by SunPower), NextEra Energy Resources, Smart Energy Capital (acquired by NextEra), Alteris Renewables (acquired by Real Goods Solar) and The Stone House Group. Mark’s experience includes strategy development, origination management, and contract negotiation. Mark has experience working with a broad cross-section of counterparties (corporations, government entities, public and investor-owned utilities, and community choice aggregators) and sits on the Advisory Board for the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College and Master’s Degree of Business Administration-Global Management from University of Phoenix.

Robert is responsible for leading Vesper Energy’s finance function, including capital raising, project financing, budgeting, accounting and treasury.  He has over 20 years of power industry and renewable energy experience.  Prior to Vesper Energy, Robert was President of solar developer SoCore Energy until its sale to ENGIE in 2018.  Before being promoted to President in 2016, he was SoCore’s CFO for 3 years where he raised multiple debt financings and tax equity funds and led the company’s prior sale to Edison International in 2013.  Previous positions include Senior Vice President of Finance at Wind Capital Group where he led the execution of over $1 billion of debt and tax equity financing commitments and Director at ABN AMRO Bank where he led the renewable energy tax equity initiative, investing approximately $600 million in thirteen wind projects. In addition with ABN AMRO Bank, Robert spent eight years in the Power & Utilities group focused on project finance and M&A advisory. Robert received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business from Indiana University. He is a CFA Charterholder and an Illinois registered CPA.

Juan Suarez leads all project development activities at Vesper Energy and was previously Vice President, Engineering Procurement and Construction for Vesper Energy and Lendlease Energy Development.   Prior to joining the development business, Juan was responsible for transforming Lendlease’s Distributed Generation Construction Management business into a full engineering, procurement, and construction business. Before joining Lendlease, Juan held various EPC management positions at Gestamp and NRG.  Juan was also Vice President at Unirac, a Hilti Group Company, and key leader in growing the company from $12M to $100M in revenue in five years. Juan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University.  Juan also founded and operated a development and construction company, raising capital, permitting, financing, and constructing residential subdivisions for nine years.

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