Borrego Solar’s Rob Garrity Elected President of NYSEIA

Rob Garrity, a long-time solar advocate and industry veteran, has led the development of 53.6 MW in the state during his nearly 4 years at Borrego, and developed over 60MW across his 16-year career to-date.

As a senior member of our Project Development team and a native of Hudson, NY, Rob works with landowners signing leases, permitting projects with municipalities across NGrid, O&R and NYSEG and signing off-take agreements with commercial energy users.

Rob’s first projects were off-grid cabins in upstate New York 16 years ago—a time when grid-tied solar was unheard of. Prior to his role at Borrego, Rob lived in Ithaca, working in the residential/commercial sector with a few different NY EPC firms. He subsequently ran his own PV & thermal EPC company for 5 years.

Rob, with the entire Borrego staff, has worked relentlessly over the past 4 years, increasing solar adoption across New York. We’re proud to be able to say we’re the state’s leading commercial installer and at the same time have brought economic and environmental benefit to landowners, energy users and the larger state community.

Active with NYSEIA since the early 00’s Rob has served on the NYSEIA executive committee and led the charge to hire policy staff to increase the organization’s impact in the state. Rob, with the NYSEIA team, is dedicated to expanding its support of the NY solar industry through policy advocacy and the pragmatic removal of project development barriers.

We are at a critical time for solar in New York with the Value of DER Phase 2, Long Island’ s potential adoption of VDER, the MW Block program revision, a growing number of RPTL 487 complications, siting challenges and large-scale procurement uncertainty. As solar continues to face both federal and state barriers amidst some political support, it is ever more important that we pull together to ensure our message is compelling and clear.

Congrats to the rest of NYSEIA’s 2018 board: Anna Noucas (Sol Systems), Hannah Masterjohn (Clean Energy Collective), Sean Garren (Vote Solar), Ruth Leistensnider (Nixon Peabody), Dan Hendrick (NRG), Timothy Heinle (groSolar), Jim Falsetti (BQ Energy), Bill Feldmann (Empire Clean Energy Supply), Jesse Stowell (Encore Renewable Energy), Mark Sylvia (BlueWave Capital) and David Schieren (SunPower by EmPower Solar).

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