8minutenergy Renewables has selected David Lentsch, a 25-year expert in mid-to-large utility-scale renewable and alternative energy projects as its new vice president of origination. Working in the past with several utilities such as PG&E and SDG&E, Lentsch is credited with spearheading the development of more than 550MW of renewable energy projects in North and South America and Asia.
Lentsch’s role at 8minutenergy will focus on developing solar projects with utility engagement and acquisition of utility-scale projects through North America. He will be responsible for finding and assessing large-scale solar power plant opportunities, utility engagements and partner structuring.
“It is important that 8minutenergy continues to be well-positioned and staffed with seasoned industry experts like Dave to take advantage of the growth opportunities in North America,” added Tom Buttgenbach, president of 8minutenergy. “Dave’s dedication and commitment to the renewable and alternative energy sector, and his tireless efforts as a trusted advisor to utilities, are well respected in the industry.”
Lentsch joins 8minutenergy after serving as a director with Uni-Solar and Comverge. He has held several senior leadership positions with different energy companies with roles that saw him manage renewable and alternative energy, smart grid, distributed generation and demand response projects.
“Dave is a good fit for both 8minutenergy and utilities targeting renewable deployments throughout North America,” commented Martin Hermann, CEO of 8minutenergy. “His comprehensive understanding of the renewable energy business is unmatched.”
Lentsch received his bachelor’s in business administration from Kent State University and studied electronics and physics at the US Naval College in San Diego.