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.
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.
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 and a Master of Management in Energy from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. He is currently a pursuing an MBA degree through the part-time program at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
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.
Senior Project Director
As a member 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.
As operations manager, Jennifer performs myriad number of invaluable services at AC Power ranging from the company’s workforce development initiative to human resource management, day to day operations and marketing. She handles many of the back end tasks that help the rest of the team run smoothly. She juggles it all with effortless grace and a great sense of humor!
Prior to AC Power, Jennifer worked in a number of roles from administration to importing in a range of sectors. Her diverse experience allows Jennifer to have a big picture view of processes that work well and can be easily implemented. Jennifer has a strong professional interest in green energy and corporate sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Corporate Communications and English from Baruch College in New York City.
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.
Senior Director of Development
As Senior Director of Development for AC Power Paula works with a parallel focuses on business development and project development in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, USA. Paula oversees projects from the early stages of business development, through due diligence to the end of the project development cycle, ensuring projects maintain time lines and budgets. Her expansive experience ensures all stakeholders are well informed and comfortable though out the whole process.
Paula brings with her expertise in professional environmental consulting, having coordinated the efforts of multidisciplinary teams performing environmental, permitting, and design services supporting solar photovoltaic development primarily in the Midwest, as well as a background in environmental due diligence and remediation of urban blighted properties. Paula is a part-time beekeeper, part-time chicken herder and full-time devotee of the natural world.
Director of Stakeholder Outreach
In her capacity as Director of Stakeholder outreach, 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.