Leadership

  • Tai Nguyen
    CEO and Co-Founder

    Tai Nguyen is Chief Executive Officer of BW Solar. He has over 15 years experience in the renewable energy industry and has experience in engineering, government, international finance, and development in both listed and private businesses. He has lived and worked throughout the world and has completed transactions in Canada, USA, and Asia.

    Prior to BW Solar, Tai worked as an investment banker with Bank of American Merrill Lynch in their Power and Renewables Investment Banking team and at BNP Paribas in their Power Project Finance team. He has developed and financed some of the first renewable energy projects in both North America and Asia.

    Tai was most recently Chief Investment Officer at Saturn Power where he had oversight for all investment decisions of the firm. Alongside his responsibilities as CIO he also led the Strategic Financing team and oversaw all capital raising, as well he also led the Business Development team.

    Tai holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters in Global Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business.

  • Mike Brugge
    CTO and Co-Founder

    Mike Brugge is Chief Technology Officer of BW Solar. He has over 10 years experience in the renewable energy industry and has experience in development, engineering, construction and operations of utility scale wind, solar and storage in North America and the Caribbean.

    Prior to BW Solar, Mike worked as an engineer with Stantec Consulting in their Power and Renewables team. He has assessed, designed and managed hundreds of megawatts of solar projects, adding value in each stage of the project life cycle.

    Mike was most recently VP, Engineering at Saturn Power, where he had oversight for all engineering, procurement, construction and operational decisions for the firm. His project highlights include a 40.8MWh (RSVC) Reactive Support Voltage Control battery as well as multiple utility scale solar projects in the US. In 2019, Mike managed the construction of an 8MW utility scale solar project in Bermuda, and oversaw a team installing an 18MWh Behind-the-meter Storage project in Ontario.

    Mike holds a Bachelors and Masters of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor.

Our Team

  • Bogdan Dinu
    Director of Corporate Development.

    Bogdan has over 10 years experience in the renewable energy industry with a focus on development, construction and operations of commercial and utility scale solar portfolios in North America.

    Prior to BW Solar, Bogdan worked at several Canadian renewable development firms, helping mature the businesses and establish their international footprints through acquisitions and greenfield development. Most recently, Bogdan led Origination and Project Development for Saturn Power in the New York State market, building a portfolio of +150 MW of early and mid-stage CDG projects as part of the NYSERDA NY-SUN Program.

    Bogdan holds a HBSc. in Economics, and Psychology from the University of Toronto.

  • David Gower
    Solar Project Originator

    David thrives on helping pave the way for future clean energy technologies and projects. He has over 10 years experience in renewable policy, project design & development, siting & land acquisition, community engagement, product certification and creating strategy to overcome barriers that exist between concept, goal and realized potential of renewable energy.

    Prior to joining BW Solar, David wrote the business plan and led the development of a project that resulted in a $4.3 million grant from NYSERDA to establish the Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CeCeT), a consortium of academic institutions and private organizations dedicated to providing commercialization assistance, testing, and evaluation services.

    David holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Rochester, an International MBA from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Clarkson University.

  • Michael Margreno
    Solar Developer

    Michael is proud to be a part of the increased development of clean energy and sees it as an important step for current and future generations. He has spent the last 10 years working land acquisition in a variety of energy sectors including oil & gas, mineral mining and most recently renewables.  Working throughout the United States on projects in NC, VA, WV, PA, OH, MA and NY.  He is an 8-year active member of the AAPL and NALTA.  Michael has spent time on local energy boards attending village and town meetings helping to educate the public on the latest and greatest energy projects. His strong drive for continued education and learning make him a great fit for the ever-changing energy sector.

    Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Central Florida

  • Patrick Kim
    Director New Market Development

    Patrick is an expert in the energy transition with over 10 years experience in solar generation projects. His experience spans across project origination, development, contract negotiation, design, finance, construction, and asset management.

    Prior to BW Solar, Patrick worked as an operations lead for Con Edison Development managing over 600 MWac of utility-scale solar projects in ERCOT and PJM. He played a key role in the digitalization of the energy value chain to implement machine learning, neural networks, AI solutions for data driven decision making.

    Patrick holds a BA in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Michigan and Masters in Energy from Columbia University.

  • Jared Sproule
    Solar/Storage Developer

    Jared has over 11 years in the renewable energy industry and has experience in project development, business development, community engagement, and permitting of wind, solar, hydro and transmission in North America.

    Prior to BW Solar, Jared worked as a Renewable Site Developer with TransAlta Corporation and Right of Way Planner with AltaLink Management Ltd. He has developed, planned and contributed to the construction of hundreds of megawatts of renewables projects and various transmission projects.

    Jared most recently lead Business Development and Community Relations at BluEarth Renewables.  His focus was on establishing Community and Indigenous Partnerships and the project development and permitting of wind, solar, hydro and storage projects across Canada and the United States. Jared has experience leading various procurement responses, negotiating power purchase agreements and providing project proposals for various commercial and industrial clients.

    Jared holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Calgary.

  • Grant Johns
    Solar/Storage Developer

    Grant is an industry leader in renewable energy, energy storage, and large-scale power systems. He has led the engineering, procurement and construction of many utility-scale solar projects and over 65 MWhs of battery energy storage systems (BESS), including Canada’s largest BESS facility and the world’s first at a nuclear power plant. 

    Prior to BW Solar, Grant worked at several companies in the power industry as an electrician, technologist, engineer, project manager, and director of engineering. His varied experience equips him with an unparalleled understanding of the project cycle and its intricacies.

    Grant holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power Systems from the University of Western Ontario.

  • Mayur Agarwal
    Strategic Finance

    Mayur is a seasoned infrastructure investment professional. He has 10 years of experience screening, analyzing and structuring investment opportunities specific to power projects including Coal, Hydro, Solar and Storage. Mayur has evaluated over 2 billion dollars USD in investments across every continent.

    Mayur holds a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Mumbai and a Masters of Business Administration from N.L. Dalmia Institute.

  • Caleb Lemoine
    Solar Developer
    Caleb has over 8 years in land acquisition and development and is excited to continue increasing the use of clean energy around the world.  He has led teams of developers in the renewable and oil & gas industries across the United States.  Caleb brings with him a well-rounded set of skills including strategic planning, abstracting, quality control and contract negotiation.  He thoroughly enjoys in-home meetings with landowners to build long-lasting relationships while supporting communities to reduce air pollution, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. Prior to his career as a Land Consultant, Caleb managed over $130M in assets for an investment company in North Carolina.
     
    Caleb holds a Bachelors of Science degree from North Carolina State University.
  • Michael Lewis
    Solar Developer
    Michael has more than 9 years of experience in the United States energy sector, and focuses on solar development and public relations.  Most recently leading renewable energy generation and storage projects, his experience includes project management, due diligence, acquisition and siting. He is passionate about renewable energy, continuing education, and interpersonal relations. Michael's genuine, positive engagement helps individuals and communities to take advantage of solar energy's many benefits.
     
    Michael holds a Bachelor's of Science from the State University of New York.

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