Founder and President
Annika Colston founded AC Power to bring unique vision to solar PV project development and management on landfill and brownfield sites. Annika has been developing alternative energy projects for nearly two decades and has experience across all aspects of project development. She has worked with all stakeholders needed to make alternative energy projects successful. These stakeholders include governments, local municipalities, Fortune 500 companies, landowners, utilities, and more. The breadth of her experience makes her capable of solving conflicts and bringing teams together to ensure success.
Annika has a unique ability to bring projects to operation on time and within budget. Ms. Colston has been a senior manager of four start-up companies that sourced private and public capital to drive investment in environmentally and socially beneficial projects. Annika has a long track record of successfully taking projects through the entire development process including origination, contract negotiations, due diligence, financing and investor approvals, permitting, structuring off-take agreements, equipment procurement, construction contracting, and operations.
Prior to AC Power, Annika was Vice President at PV Navigator where she originated and developed over 50 MW of solar projects on landfills and brownfields. From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Colston was President of C2i Methane where she developed and sold a portfolio of landfill gas to energy projects. Ms. Colston's work experience includes entities that were market leaders such as E+Co, which invested seed capital in sustainable development projects in Africa using innovative investment structures; EcoSecurities, a first of its kind company marketing Kyoto Protocol projects globally; and Blue Source, the largest carbon credit portfolio in the US.
Senior Project Director
As Senior Project Director, Kyle leads AC Power’s project development efforts across the portfolio. By leveraging his expertise, Kyle manages all aspects of the development lifecycle including securing financial incentives, coordinating permitting activities, and identifying electricity offtake. He works closely with landowners to ensure they are satisfied and well informed during the development period. Kyle also leads the interconnection strategy across AC Power’s portfolio by managing interconnect applications and the supplemental utility studies. From initial screening to impact studies, he works closely with the electric utilities to minimize cost and maximize system capacity.
Prior to AC Power, Kyle worked on the Project Development team at Safari Energy, a leading commercial and industrial solar developer, where he oversaw the development of rooftop solar systems from contracting through commercial operation. He coordinated the interconnection strategies for over 30 commercial solar systems located throughout the Northeast, Illinois, and Colorado. Before his role at Safari Energy, Kyle researched policy and incentive programs for Brightfields Development in Boston, MA. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Economics from Northeastern University.
As Project Director, Briana supports all levels of origination and project development in AC Power’s core markets while focusing on strategic growth opportunities in new markets. Prior to AC Power, Briana was based in Dallas, Texas where she worked in the oil and gas industry assisting in acquisitions and project development for drilling projects in North Dakota and New Mexico.
Briana utilizes her experience in landowner relations, asset management, and project development to identify sites and guide projects through the development process. Briana received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Energy Management with a minor in Finance from the University of Oklahoma.
Director of Stakeholder Outreach
In her capacity as Policy Director, Tina helps guide company outreach into developing markets; research state and local legislation; connect with townships that are striving to monetize renewable energy assets to support local economic growth; outline the incentives driving solar development; and create opportunities for expanding solar while building relationships with stakeholders across sectors.
Tina brings over 25 years of research, writing and entrepreneurial experience in diverse positions to AC Power. She is driven by the unshakable belief that building for a sustainable future is possible with innovative problem solving, persistence and relationship-building. Tina is excited to be working with AC Power after previously conducting contractual research and organizational duties at C2iMethane, where Ms. Colston shepherded challenging renewable energy projects into development.
Among her other achievements, Tina worked as Project Manager for a non-profit developing public school curricula focused on educating for sustainability; co-founded and owned a retail shop that featured housewares and wearable accessories made from recycled and repurposed materials; co-authored a cookbook about sustainable meal sharing; worked as a researcher for the LA Times in the Moscow, Russia bureau, and continues to advocate for the installation of a 250kW PV array on the apartment complex where she resides permanently in New York City. Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
David C. Frank
Associate General Counsel
David C. Frank has represented AC Power in New Jersey land development and real estate matters since 2017, and has recently also been named the company’s associate general counsel as his role has expanded to include organizational and transactional matters.
Dave’s career as an attorney began as in-house counsel to the biotechnology company Peprotech, Inc. Since 1999, his practice has focused on land use, real estate, land preservation and business organizations. Dave has represented developers of grid-connected solar facilities in New Jersey for over a decade, has obtained approvals for solar projects that range in size from 1.5 MW to 38MW on greenfields, landfills and former resource extraction facilities, and has been closely involved in the full range of due diligence and transactional matters associated with those solar projects. Dave has been the solicitor for numerous planning and zoning boards in southern and central New Jersey.
Dave earned his law degree from Rutgers-Camden Law School, is a member of the New Jersey and Burlington County Bar Associations, and is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. Dave has served as an elected Councilman in Springfield Township, Burlington County since 2005 and farms actively as a wholesale producer of honey and cover crop seed.