Blue Sky Energy is a unique partnership based on a combined 70 years of entrepreneurial technology, construction and general contracting, and government planning and zoning.
Gary Rochlin / Managing Partner
Gary is an upper level executive who has more than 20 years' success with entrepreneurial companies focused on renewable energy and technology.
- 2011–Present: Engaged in the executive suite and in the field analyzing Blue Sky Energy's projects for financial viability, structuring finance and working with operations selecting and awarding sub-contractors and infrastructure venders for project build-out.
- 2012: Awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles for dedication and contribution to environmentally sustainable projects within Los Angeles.
- 2010–2012: Director of Renewable Energy with Spears Renewable Energy and ReGreen Inc. targeting the photovoltaic market for each firms’ construction and ESCO clients.
- 2008–2010: COO for PermaCity Construction and VP of Commercial Sales, running their small commercial and residential solar division.
- 2006–2008: Designed, developed, and built, by hand, a sustainable “green” residence in Pacific Palisades, CA. Constructed with utilizing green building practices and incorporated renewable energy sources to minimize its carbon footprint.
- 1995–2006: Founder and President of a SRS Industries, Inc. a $20+ million a year, 54-employee CA corporation with an office in Europe. SRS started as a third party supplier for the computer services industry and transformed itself into a leader reselling refurbished wireless infrastructure equipment and towers.
- 1988–1995: Founded a real estate development firm and an environmental assessment and consulting firm which was sold utilizing an employee buyout plan.
Daniel Weinman / Partner
Dan has earned a position at the forefront of the solar industry with over 30 years of experience with solar electric systems.
- 2009–Present: Instrumental in bringing large scale solar to Northern New Mexico through working with local utilities and government.
- 2012: Became Certified PV Technical Sales by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
- 2010: Became Certified PV Installer by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
- 2000: Began working with residential and commercial grid-tie systems, ultimately earning a national reputation that has led PPC Solar to the installation of large photovoltaic systems for government and utility customers.
- 1995: Gained electrical contracting licenses in New Mexico.
- 1993: Officially took over fathers operations, then full ownership in 1998.
- 1979: Daniel’s father installed their first off-grid PV system, upgrading from kerosene lanterns to electric lights. Daniel grew up in a home powered by solar electricity.
Adam S. Baker / Partner
Adam has practiced law in New Mexico’s state and federal courts since 1997. As the County Attorney for Taos County from 2009 to 2010, he has broad experience with planning and zoning at the level of local government.
- 2011–Present: Serves as Director of Development for PPC Solar, where he directs corporate compliance with federal, state and local laws, develops the company’s business model and strategic plan, and creates new markets and opportunities for large photovoltaic energy projects by structuring creative financial models such as third party power purchase agreements.
- 2009–2011: Developed an annual operating budget for Taos County with general fund revenues of approximately $12 million.
- 2009–2010: As County Manager for Taos County, was responsible for finance and oversight of a $47 million construction project for the county’s new administration, judicial, and detention complex.
Brett Conrad / Managing Partner, Longboard Capital Advisors, LLC
Brett's experience runs across traditional energy as a drilling engineer to financing clean tech projects. In between getting his undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and his current life as a portfolio manager and financier, he founded 3 companies in action sports, all of which were sold.
- 2006: Brett founded Longboard Capital Advisors, LLC to focus on clean technology investments through Blue Earth Fund, LP. Longboard Capital now manages a $50 million dollar portfolio of clean technology and socially responsible consumer products.
- 2003: Brett was asked to head lululemon athletica USA, Inc., the US division of lululemon, which is now a $1.3 billion dollar (revenues) company with a $10 billion market capitalization.
- 1996: Co-founded Device Manufacturing with Skullcandy founder Rick Alden and sold to Ride Snowboards, Inc., a public US company later acquired by K2, Inc.
Brett holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is on the Board of Directors of Sustainable Streets and imagine1day USA. Brett's goals are to have cycling comprise 10% of all trips in Los Angeles county under 2 miles by the year 2025; currently, only 2% of those trips are taken on a bike.