MEET OUR TEAM
The talented and experienced group of people working to help Rhode Island completely transform and diversify its energy portfolio.
Founder & Chairman
Mark DePasquale, has more than three decades of diverse public and private design build and construction project experience. Utilizing his ability to provide and access the service and expertise of a wide variety of legal, finance, engineering, and construction professionals, he has developed and managed over $100,000,000 in projects that include but are not limited to public safety complexes, education facilities, subdivisions, road and site construction, commercial sized wind turbines, and utility work. Since 2009, he has created Rhode Island’s leading wind sustainable energy company that differentiates itself through legislative expertise, technology awareness, project management efficiency, supply chain and logistics expertise, operation and maintenance capabilities, speed to market, transfer of knowledge to clients and the community all with the goal of land preservation, reducing energy dependence and growing local economy.
Al Bucknam has more than 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, including eight years as CEO of leading-edge companies. Al recently joined Green Development to drive the company’s evolution from a wind-energy company to a comprehensive renewable-energy-solutions provider committed to developing, building, owning and operating community-focused energy projects, including wind, solar, biomass, and energy storage. Al replaced former CEO, Mark DePasquale, who remains with Green Development as founder and chairman. Previously, Al was president and CEO of California-based REC Solar, where he revamped the company’s vision and strategy, resulting in over 130 MW installed and a $225 million fund for project capital from a national utility. Prior to REC Solar, Al served as the CEO of SunDurance Energy, a New Jersey-based developer, designer and builder of megawatt-scale solar projects that completed over 70 MW of commercial and utility-scale solar projects nationwide. Before SunDurance, Al spent 10 years in Corporate Development and Strategy at Plug Power in Albany, NY, which developed and commercialized fuel cell technology. Prior to entering the renewable energy field, he spent 10 years in finance-related positions at Ryder System, a large transportation/logistics company based in Miami, Florida. Al holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College in Vermont and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Carpenter has more than seven years of project development, financing and technical expertise within the renewable energy industry. Most recently, she ran the Northeast origination team for NextEra Energy Resources Distributed Generation Division sourcing, developing and structuring more than 70MW of solar projects. Prior to NextEra, Michelle held various roles at Real Goods Solar supporting project development in excess of 30MW. These roles included Director of the Public Procurement Team, where she led a team focused on municipal project development and construction, Commercial Product Manager where she developed new energy products and analyzed market opportunities and Commercial Sales Analyst where she led financial analysis, project pricing and technical feasibility assessments. Prior to her experience in the renewable energy industry, Michelle spent five years in the estimating department of a multi-million-dollar electrical contracting firm. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Paul Correia has more than 20 years of field experience. During his career, he has managed and overseen all phases of a construction project from initial planning to completion. Paul specializes in public works projects, residential work, commercial and private projects. Several of these projects took place in RI and MA. Through his commitment to excellence and dedication, Paul has continued to form strong professional partnerships based on integrity, and reliability. All these characteristics have made Paul become one of the most respected names in the field.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Fowler, C.F.O. and CPA has over 25 years of experience in public accounting with regional and national firms. She has spent most her career working with closely held businesses in manufacturing, construction, and real estate development. She has managed the financing of a wide range of projects utilizing complex and diverse funding sources both foreign and domestic. Her expertise extends to structuring tax deals, including tax equity partnerships, and has been sought out to do extensive tax legislative research for Congress and helped write tax legislation for the State of RI. Lisa is a member of both the AICPA and RISCPA and serves on various committees for the RISCPA. She is often an invited guest speaker at professional organizations where she addresses a wide range of tax-related topics. She is graduate of Bryant University where she earned a BS degree in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting.