Get to know us! Each month, we sit down with one of our employees to get their perspective on the industry and share a little more about them with you. This week, we have “5 Questions With” Jeff Huntley.
As Vice President of Construction, Jeff works closely with the finance and development departments on our strategy and implementation plans. He also oversees a construction team consisting of project managers, construction managers and field staff responsible for taking projects from design to completion and interconnected with the utility grid, ensuring each solar farm is built properly and safely.
1. What does Pine Gate Renewable’s mission of “getting solar done” mean to you?
Getting solar done is about our teams’ sharp focus on execution and creative problem solving to put as much clean energy on the grid as possible. This is not only about our company being successful, but also is about creating a cleaner more sustainable energy future for my daughter’s generation.
2. What are you most optimistic/excited about in this industry?
Being on the construction side of the industry, it is exciting to see all the new advances in technology happening year-over-year. There are a lot of really smart people working in this industry that are looking for ways to build better projects that deliver more clean energy within the same footprint. As the industry matures, so do all of our construction partners and vendors. This allow us to build more efficiently and at a lower cost. We continue to see big advancements in module efficiency and output as well as the development of battery storage technology that will help make solar an even better solution for our nations energy needs.
3. What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
I’ve worked under several leaders who have leaned into the idea of “surround yourself with smart people.” Now as a team leader at Pine Gate I find that building and supporting my team so they feel empowered and engaged as the most essential part of determining our success.
4. What is an unknown skill you possess outside of your day job?
Outside of my day job I spend a lot of time with a camera in my hand exploring the mountains around Asheville. I’ve always loved being outside and over the past couple of years I’ve developed a passion for photography and capturing all of the beautiful landscapes around me.
5. What’s one thing still on your bucket list that you hope to achieve in the next 5 years?
Before travel outside of the U.S. was halted this year I was planning a trip to hike the Tour de Mont Blanc trail. The trail is a 105 mile loop in the Alps through France, Switzerland and Italy. My bucket list generally consists of an ever-growing list of places I’d like to travel.
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