“We need electrons. Not just any electrons, GREEN electrons. And we don’t just need some. We need lots and lots and lots of green electrons. Lots”
Ben Catt is the impact-oriented CEO of Pine Gate Renewables, a utility scale solar and storage innovator in the movement for renewable energy solutions. Ben and his team have built Pine Gate from a startup solar developer to an IPP poised to transform clean energy production in the United States. With more than 10 years on the “solar coaster”, Ben anticipates the next market advantage such as supply chain acquisition, standing up a dedicated EPC, and vertically integrating O&M resources. Leveraging a background in banking and finance, he artfully raises capital, manages risk and brings stakeholders together to change the market and create long-term value.
A frequent speaker on the national solar energy stage, particularly on issues of strategy, development and finance, Ben is actively changing the conversation around renewable energy. With various board representation, including both the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and American Clean Power (ACP), he regularly collaborates with other industry experts on policy, regulation, and education to build the foundation of a new economy and to give the next generation a better planet.
Ben is inspired by those that show up to do the hard stuff – to build meaningful, lasting relationships with global impact. In his personal life he coaches youth sports, runs, fly fishes, mountain bikes, camps and wrangles his three children from his home in Asheville, NC.