Matthew Rosenblum, Co-Founder & CEO, has more than 20 years of investment and trading experience and at one time was the largest producer and trader of Class 3 RECs in Connecticut and has personally conducted over 80 million dollars in REC transactions. Matt most recently served as the Founder and CEO of Onyx Renewable Partners, L.P. Matt formed Onyx in partnership with Blackstone around his core operating team at Solops, LLC. Solops was formed by Matt to pursue C&I solar power development. Under Matt’s leadership, Solops built a portfolio of solar systems in partnership with local utilities, construction firms and off-takers, and became a significant producer and trader of renewable energy certificates. Prior to Solops, Matt was the Chief Executive Officer of Neuwing Energy, a leading proprietary trader in carbon related credits and provider of commercial energy strategies that focus on financial performance and environmental responsibility. Fortune 100 companies would engage Neuwing to monetize the environmental incentives including rebates, tax credits, carbon credits, and renewable energy certificates. Prior to his experience in the solar and energy industry, Matt also served in management positions at Hambrecht & Quist. He managed public investing of a $5 billion dollar fund and served as the relationship manager for KKR and Wall Street. During the acquisition of TXU (the largest utility takeover in US history) Matt was in charge of the analysis and compilation of programs for rebates and renewable energy certificates. He was the youngest Managing Director in history of Hambrecht & Quist and during the takeover of Hambrecht & Quist by JP Morgan was in charge of integrating the NASDAQ desk. Matt majored in Finance at the University of South Florida.
Ryan A. Marrone, Co-Founder & President, has over 15 years of experience in the development and finance of renewable energy projects with almost two decades of experience representing private and public companies including several on the Fortune 100. Ryan has led the development of over 600 MWs of commercial and industrial solar installations and closed on project financings totaling in excess of one billion dollars. Ryan most recently served as the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Onyx Renewable Partners L.P. the exclusive renewable energy investment company for global giant The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX). Prior to Onyx, Ryan practiced law with a concentration in general corporate, renewable energy, finance and real estate. He previously served as General Counsel for Heller Industrial Parks, one of the largest private owners of industrial property in the United States with over one billion in net assets. As General Counsel for Heller he developed and implemented a business model for the design, build, operation, and maintenance of solar installations on industrial buildings.
Ryan received a BA in English and Political Science from Seton Hall University and a JD from Widener University School of Law. He has lectured on the solar industry and provided testimony before the New Jersey Senate Energy Committee on the New Jersey Solar market. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Trustees of RWJ/Barnabus University Hospital-Hamilton.
Matt West, COO, has over 18 years of experience in the real estate and solar development industry and has led teams on the execution of over $1 billion worth of solar projects in North America. Prior to joining Solops, Matt served as the Chief Construction Officer for Onyx Renewable Partners, L.P. the exclusive renewable energy investment company for global giant The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX). Prior to Onyx he served as Executive Vice President for Solops. Matt initially joined Solops at the conclusion of his tenure as a Project Manager at Lanco Solar International and Alteris Renewables. Matt specializes in all aspects of renewable energy project development, project management and asset management. His experience in implementing procedures and building out teams has led to successful portfolio transactions in excess of over 500MWs in 16 states across the US.
Matt received a B.S. in Business Management from Widener University. He is also an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) with emphasis on Building Design and Construction.