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Mark Stout

Independent consultant specializing in solar PV project development, performance engineering, and due diligence

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Renewables & Environment
Current
  1. StoutPower Consulting, LLC
Previous
  1. Meridian Energy, USA, Inc.,
  2. Cleantech America, Inc, a Meridian Energy Company,
  3. San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
Education
  1. University of California, Berkeley
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StoutPower Consulting, LLC

StoutPower Consulting, LLC

Managing Member

– Present

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Background

Summary

Mark Stout is a senior energy professional with over 15 years in solar power, utility regulatory, and high tech engineering positions.

Mr. Stout stays current on PV solar technology and maintains industry-wide procurement relationships. He applies years of experience with solar project capital cost estimating, from distributed generation to utility-scale. Mr. Stout is an expert on renewable resource data in US, and played a lead role in defining resource measurement standards for Meridian Energy USA's meteorological monitoring equipment.

During graduate work at the UC Berkeley Energy and Resources Group, Mr. Stout interned at the Union of Concerned Scientists, campaigning for the California Renewable Power Portfolio Standard, which was signed into law in 2002. He later worked as a Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst with the CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates.

Mr. Stout began his career in computer hardware, firmware, and software development. As an R&D Engineer at Compaq Computer, he played a leading role in the cost reduction and specification of a single-chip, high-fidelity audio codec, which attracted multiple manufacturers and has been widely deployed. As a Senior Systems Software Design Engineer at Crystal Semiconductor, he then went on to develop the device drivers to bring this audio codec to market.

Mr. Stout graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana, and earned his Master's degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.

Skills

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • PVsyst
  • Modeling
  • Analysis
  • SCADA
  • Land Acquisition
  • Environmental Permitting
  • CEQA
  • Interconnection
  • Project Management
  • Cost Estimating
  • Equipment Procurement
  • Power Generation
  • Energy Policy
  • Government Relations
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Power Project...
  • IPPs
  • Solar Energy
  • Procurement
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Negotiation
  • Sustainability
  • Solar Power
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Climate Change
  • Power Plants
  • Business Development
  • Project Estimation
  • Program Management
  • Cleantech
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Finance
  • Electricity Markets
  • Energy Conservation
  • Proposal Writing
  • Engineering
  • Inverters
  • Distributed Generation
  • Utility Regulation
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Experience

Managing Member

StoutPower Consulting, LLC
– Present (1 year 2 months)San Leandro, CA

Effective, independent consultancy specializing in solar PV project development, performance engineering, and due diligence for project M&A.

Summary of Qualifications:
• Over ten years of solar PV project and utility regulatory experience
• Over 840 MWac of solar PV project experience, including development and operational stage
• Full life cycle DG and utility project development from origination to operation
• Capital cost estimation and financial modeling on dozens of currently operational PV projects, from distributed generation to utility-scale
• Expert knowledge of solar resource data and PV energy generation modeling (PVsyst)
• Progression of transmission level interconnections through utility/ISO process
• Land use and environmental permitting experience (including CUP and CEQA)
• Substantial project experience with solar resource and generation telemetry
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills; prodigious networker

Please email me for a free consultation: mark@stoutpower.com

Director, Project Development

Meridian Energy, USA, Inc.
(3 years 7 months)Pleasanton, CA

· Led project development team for three 20 MWac PV projects in Kings County, CA,
focusing on power marketing, permitting, and interconnection.
· Managed production of fourteen utility RFO proposals.
· Predicted generation using PVsyst 4.x/5.x. Work with module, inverter, and tracker
manufacturers to ensure components are accurately defined in PVsyst model.
· Selected and configured data room for company sale process. Responded to technology,
solar resource, and commercial due diligence requests.

Vice President, Renewable Technology

Cleantech America, Inc, a Meridian Energy Company
(3 years 3 months)Fresno, CA and Pleasanton, CA

Accomplishments in development of utility-scale PV projects:
- Ran government relations campaign to generate support for CPUC approval of the 5 MWac CalRENEW-1 in Mendota, CA, the first utility PV PPA in history of the California RPS.
- Initial business development that lead to execution of an 80 MWac PV Master Agreement with Kings River Conservation District. At announcement, this was the largest PV development in the world.
- Land acquisition of multiple project sites. Now supporting work of Land Director.
- Identify, evaluate and recommend financeable suppliers of module, inverter, racking/tracker, electrical BOS, and telemetry/SCADA technology.
- Power generation modeling using PVsyst. Work with module, inverter, and tracker manufacturers to ensure components are accurately defined in PVsyst model.
- Ensure PV inverter manufacturers develop GE PSLF files as required by CAISO and other grid operators. Referred major manufacturers to power engineers for inverter PSLF development.
- Represent at CAISO interconnection scoping meetings.
- Develop electrical capital cost estimates from PV modules through inverter. on fixed and tracker options.
- Author technology, solar resource, and forecasted production sections on all utility RFP proposals. Editor on utility RFP proposal with large, overseas partner. Ensured on-time submission in a compressed timeframe with inputs from many time zones.
- Ran EPC RFP process for 5 MWac PV project with transmission level (70kV) interconnect. Supported EPC pricing negotiations to meet stringent project capital cost requirements.
- Ran RFP process, and administering contract, for metering, meteorology, and telemetry on CalRENEW-1 project. Technical contact for development of SCADA system.
- Administered multiple engineering contracts for multiple projects, ranging from design to commissioning.

Executive Committee Member

San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
(3 years 5 months)

- Served on pre-organization committee that defined the board of directors, created the non-profit, and secured seed funding.
- Three years later it has a growing team staffing regional energy programs, contracts to support dozens of local municipalities in deploying Federal/California energy stimulus funding, and an annual budget in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- In April 2010, the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization received an "Environmental Hero" award from Southern California Edison.

Clean Energy Cluster Chair

Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County
(2 years 9 months)Fresno, California Area

Key Areas of Focus
- Promote and connect the local clean energy industry through online exposure and regular meetings/events
- Promote Fresno County as an ideal location for clean energy technologies
- Enhance clean energy opportunities between and throughout other industries

Board Member

Central Valley Business Incubator
(2 years 2 months)

Water/Clean Energy Technology Center focus

Board Member

Operation Clean Air
(2 years 8 months)

Represent clean energy sector on coalition of industry, non-profit, and government representatives seeking improved air quality in the San Joaquin Valley.

Senior Solar Power Consultant

Unlimited Energy
(2 years)Fresno, California Area

Focused on:
- PV energy generation and financial modeling
- Commercial and government sales
- System monitoring configuration

Coordinator, Fresno Solar Tour

Northern California Solar Energy Association
(1 year)Fresno, California Area

- Won the "Best New Solar Tour 2005" award.
- 160 participants on first Fresno Tour.

Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst

California Public Utilities Commission - Office of Ratepayer Advocates
(less than a year)San Francisco Bay Area

- Worked with clean energy coalition to promote passage of Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) legislation. Developed analysis for supporting our agency’s endorsement of the RPS.
- Researched and documented value and operations cost of utility transmission grids in response to request from CA Legislature. Documented cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency programs.

Air Quality Engineer

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
(1 year)Fresno, California Area

- Documented District’s Rate of Progress towards Clean Air Act standards attainment.
- Researched and analyzed economic feasibility of implementing solar energy system for District headquarters.

Renewable Energy Consultant

Union of Concerned Scientists
(less than a year)San Francisco Bay Area

- Represented UCS in CPUC Renewables and RD&D Working Groups. Advocated in Working Group meetings and Senate hearing. Author of UCS position in Working Group reports based on analysis and feedback from renewables team members.
- Campaigned to build state legislative support for Renewables Portfolio Standard.
- Updated UCS web site to include latest deregulation campaign information.

Senior Systems Software Design Engineer

Cirrus Logic
(2 years)Austin, Texas Area

- Developed DOS and Windows 95 audio drivers in C and Intel ‘386 assembler.
- Enhanced MPEG audio decompression firmware for digital signal processor (DSP).
- Represented Crystal in Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Audio Interface working group in defining VESA BIOS Extensions/Audio Interface 2.0.

Systems Engineer

Compaq Computer
(3 years 7 months)Houston, Texas Area

- Developed and debugged enhancements to DOS and OS/2 NetWare client network interface card (NIC) drivers using Intel ‘X86 assembler. Enhanced drivers passed Novell certification on first attempt. Authored extensive end-user documentation.
- Developed DOS/Windows multimedia applications and digital signal processor code using C, assembler, and Windows Software Development Kit on PC and UNIX platforms.
- Represented Compaq in Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA), co-authoring Recommendation for Standardized Digital Audio Interchange Formats, published in IMA Compatibility Project Proceedings, May 1992, which was broadly adopted by industry players.

Projects

CalRENEW-1 Solar Farm(Link)

– Present

The 5 MWac CalRENEW-1 Solar Farm in Mendota, CA was the first utility PV PPA under the California RPS and the first CAISO interconnected PV facility. In mid-2014, CalRENEW-1 was sold to SunEdison's and included in their TerraForm Power (TERP) yieldco for TERP's IPO.

Team members:

San Luis Valley Solar Farm(Link)

– Present

This PV project can accommodate a buildout of 150+ MWac over several phases. Our team established site control, through purchase and purchase option, of a 946 acre site adjacent to the Xcel Energy San Luis Valley Substation. I played key roles in solar resource analysis, PV technology selection, and energy prediction, then was the final editor for our first utility PPA proposal from this site. After we had been acquired by Meridian Energy, I was on the project development team, which submitted a transmission interconnection request to Excel Energy, which led to a favorable Feasibility Study Report. In May, 2012 we secured a HB 1041 utility/IPP land use permit from Alamosa County.

In August 2014, the Alamosa County Board of Commissioners approved the transfer of this HB 1041 land use permit to a SunPower project entity, for use by the Hooper Solar Farm. SunPower has a 52 MW PPA with Xcel Energy (Public Service Company of Colorado) for Hooper Solar Farm.

Courses

Independent Coursework

  • CEC - Intermediate Photovoltaic System Design and Installation Workshop, taught by Bill Brooks, PE (Fall 2005)
  • PG&E Pacific Energy Center - Basics of PV Systems for Commercial Grid-Tied Applications (Spring 2006)
  • Solar Power International conference sessions (2006-2010, 2012-2013)

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BS, Electrical Engineering

Graduated with Honors summa cum laude

Organizations

Solar Energy Industries Association

StoutPower Consulting, LLC is a Solar Services & Consumers Division member. Meridian Energy/Cleantech America was a Utility-Scale Solar Power Division member.
– Present

Solar Electric Power Association

Meridian Energy USA was a Utility-Scale Solar Industry Member

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Power & Energy Society member
– Present

American Solar Energy Society

Professional Member
– Present

Northern California Solar Energy Association

– Present

Casa Grande Homeowners Association

Treasurer
– Present

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