Founder and CEO
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.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Kyle leads and oversees programmatic efficiency, effectiveness and excellence across the full spectrum of AC Power's activity as the company continues to grow and take on new, exciting and more challenging projects.
Kyle was previously a Senior Project Director at AC Power. Prior to joining the company, 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 General Counsel, Jake handles all legal matters related to AC Power’s core business. Jake drafts, negotiates, and oversees all project development and real estate contracts with AC Power’s commercial partners; supervises all of AC Power’s outside counsel; and develops processes and procedures to ensure AC Power’s compliance with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements.
Jake graduated from the New York University School of Law and, throughout his studies and career, has focused on complex commercial disputes and labor & employment law.
Prior to joining AC Power, Jake worked as a commercial litigation associate at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, where he represented a diverse array of clients in complex commercial disputes. Jake also clerked for the Honorable Katharine H. Parker at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York after having started his legal career as a labor and employment associate at Proskauer Rose.
Aside from work, Jake loves hanging out with his dog Reggie, playing recreational basketball and softball, and watching the NY Yankees and Giants.
Senior Business Development
As Senior Director of Business Development, Corey is focused on project origination, partnership development, and identification of strategic opportunities as national and state-level policies evolve to support new markets. Corey works with prospective end-users, municipalities and channel partners to identify suitable sites for project development and ways to maximize the economic benefits to all stakeholders including site hosts, landowners and energy off-takers.
Corey has worked in renewable energy for his entire career. Prior to joining AC Power, Corey was the Director of Business Development at David Energy, a next-generation energy supplier focused on creating additional value to its customers through a bundled energy supply and energy controls software product. Prior to his time at David Energy, Corey spent four years in commercial solar energy development at EnterSolar, where he specialized in origination, economic analysis and policy for Northeast markets.
Corey earned a B.S. in Environmental Economics from Cornell University, a Master of Management in Energy from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Senior Director of Business Development & Strategy
As Senior Director of Business Development & Strategy at AC Power, Juliet performs financial analysis on proposed and portfolio projects. She also leads evaluating new markets and selecting target markets for AC Power based on evolving environment of state and federal policy.
Prior to AC Power, Juliet worked at BNP Paribas as an Investment Banker on the Energy and Renewables team, where she acted as a broker for renewables transactions. She started her career at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she spent some time as a generalist management consultant before moving onto the Energy team and supporting energy management contracts. Juliet holds a B.A. in Sustainable Development and English and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Juliet also wishes someone would invent a version of stand-up comedy you can do sitting down.
Senior Director of Project Development
As the leader of the project development team at AC Power, Gina is responsible for permitting and interconnection processes, as well as legal support for solar PV projects. In early-stage development, she works with other members of the team to analyze site feasibility and identify risks. Gina communicates with utilities as well as Federal, State, and local authorities having jurisdiction throughout the land use permitting and interconnection processes to ensure AC Power’s projects are completed on schedule and within budget.
Prior to joining AC Power, Gina worked as a Senior Project Developer, developing commercial solar PV ground mount projects ranging from 3 to 20 MW AC and providing project legal support. Gina has extensive experience in site investigation, remediation design, and construction-remediation oversight She has worked with NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program on redevelopment sites in the New York Metropolitan area and across the North East. She has worked as an environmental and land use planner, focusing on permitting and environmental impact analysis for all types of projects.
Gina holds a JD and Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law (and is admitted to the New York Bar); a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Wildlife Biology, from the University of Vermont; and earned a Wetland Delineation Certificate through Cook College, Rutgers University.
Senior Director of Operations
As senior director of operations Jennifer handles many of the behind the scenes efforts of AC Power. This includes the marketing and PR, accounting, HR and ancillary project development support with a focuses in AC Powers work force development efforts. Jennifer is the unofficial ambassador of Good Vibes.
Jennifer's previous experience includes direct import logistics, sales and account management as well as live press event production. Jennifer graduated from CUNY Baruch college with a degree in English and Corporate Communication.
Senior Director of Real Estate & Redevelopment
In her role as Sr. Director of Real Estate and Redevelopment Colleen oversees site acquisition of real estate, having extensive brownfield experience in both the public and private sector. This provides a unique perspective in managing projects from initial site identification through closing on the real estate.
Colleen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to AC Power, having worked in various programs at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection prior to joining us. Notably, she played a crucial role in managing the Site Remediation's financial incentive programs and spearheading the brownfield redevelopment initiative. Her efforts extended to establishing the NJDEP's Sustainability and Green Energy Office, where she worked on advancing policies for solar energy installations on brownfields and contaminated sites. With a remarkable background that includes serving in an executive position in the private sector and co-founding the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE), Colleen has been recognized as the prestigious "Brownfield Person of the Year." Her contributions to the environmental sector extend further as she has collaborated with the USEPA as a member of its Environmental Finance Board, and a representative of the USEPA Region 2 to the Brownfield Task Force under the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Organization (ASTSWMO), and on the National Brownfield Association Advisory Board.
Colleen has published several articles on the redevelopment of contaminated sites that focused on the acquisition and redevelopment of Superfund sites, interagency cooperation and transforming power plants into hubs to support offshore wind. Colleen received a B.S. in Geology and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from Rutgers University. She is lover of big dogs and baking.
Director, Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Brent is focused on site control and acquisition, as well as project origination. In his role he works with municipalities, landowners and private corporations. Brent has spent the last ten years in renewable energy and commercial & Industrial Solar. In his career, he has originated and been responsible for the development of over 30 megawatts in the commercial and industrial space, working with Fortune 500 companies, as well as landowners and utilities. Prior to entering the commercial solar industry, Brent spent several years in commercial real estate, with an emphasis on site acquisition for national corporations and tenants. Brent's combined solar and real estate background provides a unique and niche skillset that he brings into all of the sites and projects that he originates.
Brent currently serves on the Town of Queensbury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Additionally, he has been appointed to the Town of Queensbury Comprehensive Plan & Codes Steering Committee, tasked with leading the development and presentation of an updated comprehensive plan for the town's land use codes. Brent loves spending time with his Black English Labrador Finn, as well as spending time with his family on Lake George. Additionally, Brent and his family enjoy hockey and spend many weekends watching his son Reagan's junior hockey team, the Boston Advantage.
Senior Business Development Analyst
As a Senior Business Development Analyst, Isadora supports the Business Development team by driving backend analysis, including identifying optimal sites, researching policy, generating client-facing materials, and facilitating the communication between the business development and project development teams. She previously worked as an intern for an architecture and urban design office and a clean fuels governmental organization, where she gained experience in client relations, teamwork, graphic design, and project development.
Isadora is originally from Brazil and graduated with a dual degree in Philosophy and Sustainable Development from the Tel Aviv University and Columbia University joint program.
She was always passionate about sustainability. As a kid she would not let her parents throw away anything that she could repurpose into a toy, a decoration, or something else.
Senior Business Development Analyst
As a Senior Business Development Analyst, Chelsea drives backend analysis which includes identifying optimal sites, researching solar policies and markets, and generating client-facing materials. She also prepares proposals, financial models, and facilitates communication between the business development team and project development teams. In previous roles, Chelsea served as a consultant for aerospace, aviation and sustainability clients and worked as a marketing manager for renewable energy companies. While double-majoring in Environmental Studies and English at Dartmouth College, she conducted research for NASA and worked as a journalist and editor for NOAA. After growing up in the Rocky Mountains and dedicating most of her time to ski racing, Chelsea continues to love anything outdoor and has recently become an avid poetry writer and competitive crossword finisher.
Director Of Project Development
In the position of Director, Project Development, Bill is key in driving a portfolio of projects thorugh the development processes ensuring all development tasks are completed. This includes working with internal and external stake holders to complete due diligence securing incentives and working through site permitting and zoning. Bill manages development for projects across the north east.
Bill brings over 10 years experience in renewable energy and sustainable development. his focused has mainly been in community solar but also spanned work on high profile corporate portfolios for national fortune 500 companies. Bill has a master's degree in Sustainability from CUNY City College of New York.
Bill lives at the beach in Asbury Park NJ and loves to spend time enjoying the ocean with wife and two daughters. Usually up before the sun training for a marathon or some other strange long-distance adventure.
Sr. Analyst of Project Development
Director of Development Engineering
Community Engagement Liaison
As a member of the Marketing and Operations teams, Tina is responsible for researching and creating unique benefits for the communities where AC Power is developing projects. This involves connecting with local stakeholders and conducting outreach to community organizations, workforce development agencies, schools, and other educational institutions to identify how project-designated funds can be used in a way that maximizes community benefits. Tina’s longstanding belief in our planet’s need to transition to renewables, alongside the importance of engaging with stakeholders, allows her to effectively communicate with and build support within local communities.
Director of Project Development
As Marketing Manager, Alex is responsible for developing and executing strategies that enhance AC Power's brand presence and recognition in the solar redevelopment space. He creates and manages content across various digital platforms, including the company's website and social media channels, and ensures a consistent and clear external message about AC Power's mission and projects. Beyond digital marketing, Alex supports community engagement initiatives and collaborates closely with internal teams to drive business development.
Prior to joining AC Power, Alex worked in communications at a disability-rights nonprofit in New York and as a freelance journalist reporting on urban development, culture, music, and more. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Metropolitan Studies from New York University.