About Community Energy Solar
Community Energy Solar 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.
Eric Blank, Founder and Manager
Eric Blank is a Founder 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.
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.
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.