Solar Construction and Development
Simply put, we thrive on providing low-cost solar energy generation to our customers, while being sensitive to the environment and creating jobs.
Ecos Energy LLC (Ecos) is Allco’s renewable energy development and services company that develops and operates distributed generation solar projects throughout the U.S. Since 2010, Ecos Energy has developed and operates over 67 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation solar PV projects throughout the U.S. Ecos Energy’s current operating portfolio generates enough electricity to power over 9,000 homes per year and offsets carbon emissions equal to that of over 16,800 automobiles.
In addition to its existing operating portfolio, Ecos has a number of future solar PV projects under contract throughout the US that are scheduled to achieve commercial operations in 2022 and beyond. Ecos currently operates solar PV projects in Minnesota, Georgia, Indiana, California, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. These facilities sell power and/or renewable attributes to Xcel Energy, Georgia Power, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Eversource Energy. In addition, Ecos and its affiliates sell net metering credits to a number of towns and municipalities in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
OUR COMPANY MISSION
To combat climate change by developing sustainable and economically viable renewable energy generation, while maximizing the creation of jobs and minimizing the impact to the environment.
As part of its corporate mission to combat climate change, Allco seeks to enforce rights of a special type of renewable energy generators called Qualifying Facilities or QFs generally. It engages in that part of its mission by participating in various proceedings to enforce laws that benefit developers of renewable energy QFs on a broad scale, so as to open up markets broadly to QFs by overcoming the traditional reluctance of utilities to purchase renewable energy from QFs.
President Barack Obama has rightly called climate change the greatest threat to national security. We now regularly see reports of collapsing glaciers in Antarctica caused by the continued inaction on climate change . Since 2000 the planet has experienced 14 of the hottest years on record, and recently scientists at the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have debunked the notion that climate change has slowed down . In June researchers at Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley issued a report that the effects of climate change, pollution and deforestation have caused the Earth to enter the beginning of a new extinction phase where humans could be among the first casualties . The evidence that dramatic and immediate action is required continues every day. Just a couple of months ago, a study written by NASA’s former lead climate scientist and 16 co-authors, “concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.”  Allco’s corporate mission includes advancing the goals of fighting the devastating impacts from climate change by seeking to open up markets to QFs broadly, and challenge utilities actions that are contrary to their obligations under federal law to QFs.
Meet Our Team
Steve Broyer joined Ecos Energy in 2013 and has overseen the construction and design of the majority of the Ecos Energy existing solar portfolio. He joined Ecos Energy with over 10 years of development and design experience for renewable energy and commercial real estate development projects. Steve oversees Ecos Energy’s Project Development Pipeline, Entitlements, Design and Construction. Steve is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Sahana Ratneswaran joined the Ecos energy team as Director of Operations in December 2021. At Ecos, Sahana is responsible for day-to-day management activities of all operating solar facility assets to maximize the profitability of each solar plant.
Sahana comes to Ecos from Power Factors, where she was responsible for the commissioning of renewable energy (solar, wind, and battery storage) system data into the Drive platform and configuring supporting records, displays and reports that will be used by operators, analysts, and managers to drive performance improvements. Sahana earned her Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University. Outside of work, she enjoys teaching and performing dance, interior design, and watching films.
Frankey is an independent contractor who has served as the Ecos field manager since December 2019. He serves as a field manager performing inspections, helping maintain schedules, and assisting in logistics for the New England area.
Prior to working with Ecos, Frankey worked as a field construction manager at Elan Renewables. He received his electrical license after attending Arkansas State University in Searcy, Arkansas.
Reed joined Ecos Energy in September 2014. He oversees AP, AR, financial reporting, cash management, lease administration, insurance, entity formation and management, property taxes and the company payroll and benefits. Reed also plays an integral role in financial modeling and sale-leaseback financing.
Prior to joining Ecos, Reed worked in property management accounting at CBRE and Target Corp. He received his Bachelor of Economics and Masters in Accounting from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where he also played on the men’s golf team. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time at his cabin, playing guitar, and attending sporting events.
Blake Nicholson’s responsibilities include land acquisition, project modeling, and permitting. Blake also manages the interconnection and study process for all solar PV projects while obtaining power purchase agreements and overseeing REC transactions.
Blake received his BA in Economics from Carleton College with a minor in Environmental and Technology Studies.
Rodney joined the Ecos Energy team in 2020. Rodney has 25-years of experience in the civil engineering field. He has several years of experience managing all aspects of civil engineering projects from design, permitting and construction.
Rodney is responsible for the preparation of civil engineering design drawings and storm water designs. He manages the permitting process and the construction activities.
Rodney Galton is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sedimentation Control.
Luke joined Ecos Energy as a staff accountant in May 2021. He serves as the company AR and AP department. Luke also assists with financial reporting, entity management, financing, and various tax matters.
Prior to joining Ecos, Luke worked as a staff accountant at Johnson Brother’s Liquor Company. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and received his bachelor’s in accounting. Outside of work, he enjoys going to the park with his dog, watching or attending sports events, and relaxing.