Several specifialized skills are needed for successful development and due diligence on Utility Scale solar projects. This team has experts in permitting, interconnection agreements, solar financial modeling, solar specific legal document and agreement knowledge, and solar farm design and EPC management all in one group. Thus your due diligence and solar farm development tasks can be performed with one company, instead employing several different contractor groups. Solar Land Partner's clients benefit from our knowledge and experience having being part of 100s of MWs of Utility Scale projects in the US.
President, CEO and Co-founder
Dr. John Barnes is President, CEO and co-founder at Solar Land Partners, Inc.(SLP). Previously he was Principal Partner and co-founder of Solar Power Development Partners LLC, a development services company. Solar developer/investor clients include groups from the US, Spain,Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, and China. Over 450MWs of Utility Scale development projects have teen transacted for JV, or sale at SLP. Prior to that he was the CTO at Solar Power Assets, LLC, a PPA solar provider, and VP of engineering for Ahura Energy, a concentrating solar PV technology company. He is active in California solar legislative, CPUC/CEC programs, and solar policy rulings as a member of the Clean Coalition. His blog “The CA Blog of John Barnes” discusses present policy and programs for Utility Scale solar in CA. Previous to his work for solar companies, he spent over 25 years in semiconductor product development and in hardware/software/systems engineering, producing over 40 volume selling IC’s and boards/software systems with sales at the multi $B level. Past Vice President level positions he has held were Sr. VP of engineering at ConnectCom, VP and GM of graphics at Fujitsu Microelectronics, VP of Technology at National Semiconductor, and VP of Engineering at Weitek. Dr. Barnes also served in Director of Engineering level positions for Cirrus Logic and Motorola. He has 42 technical publications and 3 patents in circuit design and semiconductor process technology. Dr. Barnes holds a PhD from the University of Michigan , a MS from University of California , Berkeley , and a BS from the University of Missouri , Rolla, all in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Kapur's career spans diverse high technology areas. Currently, he works in alternative energy: he founded a solar PV micro-inverter company, and sold the technology to a leading US based firm. He has been a strategic advisor to a design consultancy to reposition their products for the EV market, and to a state government in India for large scale PV deployment. At Solar Power Development Partners, he authored white-papers on commercial PV deployment for leading Asian manufacturers. He started his career in custom chip design at AT&T Bell Laboratories. At Cirrus Logic, one of the first fab-less semiconductor companies, as Director of Technology, he developed several commercially successful chips shipping in excess of a hundred million dollars per year. Next at Syntax-Brillian, as VP of Engineering, he managed the development of near-to-eye and large screen displays for the industrial, medical, military and consumer markets. Dr. Kapur is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, and IIT Kanpur.
Dr. Lou has over 26 years working on early-stage and highly complex systems with a wealth of experience. Bill has spent over a decade in comprehensive renewable energy engineering and construction, including solar projects for the utility, commercial, and residential sectors. He served for 2 years as VP of engineering at Petersen Dean Solar, and ten years as a principal of his own company. He has over eight years expertise in leading and managing the technical aspects of manufacturing and financial software implementation for leading companies including Oracle (as a managing principal) and KPMG (senior consultant). He worked in Europe (Switzerland, Germany) on various large projects for 6 years. As a registered professional electrical engineer (PE), Bill is responsible for designing some of the largest commercial and utility solar projects in California and the related EPC effort. In addition, he is a California-licensed contractor in engineering (A), general building (B), solar (C46) and electrical (C10). He was a research fellow at Caltech, earned a Ph. D in Physics from ETH, Zurich (Swiss Institute of Technology) and has a B.EE. in Solar Thin Film from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.