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WHETSTONE POWER

Providing Expertise, Project Development and Capital to help close more renewable energy projects

Whetstone Power brings years of experience and leadership in the energy sector to drive success in all facets of sustainable energy project development from concept through commercial operation.We particularly thrive in solving the complex to bring unique solutions to successfully reach financial close and achieve our primary objective, more sustainable and economic power for North America.

  • Advisory – helping municipalities, utilities and others structure and develop renewable projects directly in the most cost effective manner to best meet long term goals.

  • Project Development – development of sustainable energy projects from concept to final commercial operation

  • Project Financing – aligning projects to best funding source to include equity, debt and tax equity financing at scale

  • Project Operations – site management and operations services to ensure the results promised are achieved

 

MEET OUR TEAM

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COLLIN FRANCESCHI

Partner and Founder

Collin has over 20 years of experience in commercial roles in the energy and power generation industry.  This includes co-founding of Blackstone portfolio company ClearGen and leadership roles in the successful startup two utility scale renewable energy development firms.  In addition, Collin has held leadership positions with Cogentrix and Duke Energy developing and managing utility scale and distributed generation across North America totaling over 4,000 MWs of power generating assets resulting in over $2B in capital transactions in the sector.
Collin has a BS in Engineering from North Carolina State University, Master in Business Administration from Clemson University and post MBA Executive Education from Wake Forest University.

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JAMES KOULOVATOS

Development and Structuring Consultant

Formerly VP of Finance at Ameresco where he led the financing for over $2 B in energy efficiency and renewables projects in North America for 19 years.  Jim has extensive experience negotiating power purchase and other off-take agreements, structuring non-recourse project debt, project deal structure development, and risk analysis

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CHRIS ESPINOZA

General Manager of Operations

Chris has over a decade of experience managing, operating, and maintaining utility scale solar power generation facilities.  In his current capacity as the General Manager of Operations, Chris is responsible for the operations staff of Whetstone Power Operations.   He previously held roles as a solar technician, control room operations, solar facility construction/refurbishment and is a qualified high voltage electrician.