About Community Energy
Community Energy builds long-term relationships by delivering energy options that work — for customers, investors and utilities. Our projects build on community trust and utility expertise to bring reliable, high-quality solar energy projects to market.
Community Energy has an almost twenty-year track record of renewable energy development, resulting in $1.5 billion of new energy investment.
R. Brent Alderfer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Brent Alderfer is CEO and Founder of the Company, and is responsible for overall strategic direction, executive management and operations. Alderfer also directs corporate capital, finance and legal, and heads up the Marketing Division.
Alderfer served as a former Colorado Public Utility Commissioner and is well known in the renewable energy industry for his leadership in markets for new and renewable energy technologies, and brings that regulatory and policy expertise to the executive management team. Prior to co-founding the Company Alderfer was a principal in the consulting firm of Competitive Utility Strategies, advising on renewable and distributed renewable generation projects in both regulated and competitive markets. In that role, Alderfer consulted to the U.S. Department of Energy in 1999 on utility interconnection policy for renewable and distributed generation. As a Commissioner from 1996 to early 1999, Alderfer chaired the Energy Resources Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where he led several initiatives on opening competitive electric markets, specifically directed to marketing clean and renewable electric supply. An electrical engineer and a lawyer, Alderfer headed a general commercial law practice for fifteen years representing development stage companies through start up and public offering. Alderfer holds an electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Eric Blank, Founder and Strategic Lead
Eric Blank is Founder and Strategic Lead of Community Energy. Eric shares responsibility for overall strategic direction and led the Company’s solar development efforts from 2010 to 2018. Before entering the solar industry, Blank served under as an executive vice president leading US wind development for Iberdrola, overseeing the development to construction of 700 MW of wind energy, including, but not limited to, the build out of the CEI pipeline. Blank has led CEI’s wind development efforts from inception in 1999.
Before CEI, Blank served as the Director of the Energy Project for Western Resource Advocates, where he spent ten years during the 1990s establishing regulatory and other policies to make it economically feasible for electric utilities in the inter-mountain west to promote clean energy technologies. Prior to that experience, Blank spent six years providing economic consulting and legal support primarily to independent power producers and energy project developers. With over thirty years in the electric utility industry, Blank holds a Master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Blank has widely published on electric utility issues in a variety of trade and law journals and presented at numerous regional and national forums.
Brent Beerley, President
Brent Beerley is President of Community Energy. He oversees project development, project finance/M&A, construction management and the marketing efforts for the Company. Brent has 20 years of experience in the renewable energy industry in project off-take, public policy and development. Beerley was part of the original management team that built Community Energy prior to the sale to Iberdrola Renewables in 2006. At Iberdrola, he led origination efforts as a Managing Director. He has led the negotiation and execution of about 1,300 megawatts of wind and solar transactions with utilities, corporations, IPPs, and banks. Prior to Community Energy, Beerley worked for the U.S Department of Energy’s Wind Energy and Distributed Energy programs. Brent Beerley has a degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.
Emily Burks, General Counsel
Emily is a senior renewable energy development attorney with proven business judgment, based on more than 8 years of high-profile solar project development achievement at Community Energy. As General Counsel, Emily has closed more than 50 North American solar deals, representing more than 700 MW of renewable energy projects across twelve states; including some of North America’s largest solar farms in operation today. Her front line experience working between developers, corporations, utilities and banks allows her to successfully manage the complex aspects of renewable energy development, including securing land rights and entitlements, negotiating and overseeing EPC and O&M contracts, managing multi-party project financing, mitigating corporate risks, managing corporate formation and formalities, advising on employment matters, and more.
Emily obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Prior to Community Energy, she advised large corporate clients in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as ran her own private practice. Emily is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado and Maine.
Jay Carlis, Executive Vice President
Jay Carlis co-manages solar project and business development for Community Energy Solar in the Eastern US with a focus on origination. He led the execution of Community Energy’s 180MW of PPAs with Amazon Web Services. Jay has been with Community Energy for over ten years and has over fifteen years’ experience in the clean energy and environmental fields. Jay served two terms as President of the Renewable Energy Markets Association. He has an MBA in Marketing and Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.
Molly Arbes, Corporate Controller and Treasurer
Molly Arbes, Corporate Controller and Treasurer, joined Community Energy, Inc. in November 2002. Prior to joining CEI, Molly was the Director of Finance for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for all aspects of the accounting and finance. Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce in 1999, Molly spent five years in the audit and taxation departments with Asher and Company, a public accounting firm specializing in mid-sized entrepreneurial businesses. Molly has a B.S. in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University, a Masters of Taxation from Villanova and is a Certified Public Accountant.