About Us

 

Clean power is an integral part of Ohio’s energy mix, and solar demand is growing our economy.

The changing energy landscape is driving enormous private investment to Ohio in large-scale, or “utility-scale,” solar power.  Solar farms generate enough electricity to contribute directly to the state’s power grid.

These projects will boost Ohio’s economy, especially in rural areas.

The growth of solar is being propelled by a powerful and positive convergence of factors occurring all at once that are primed to grow Ohio’s solar industry and create thousands of jobs.  Ohioans can leverage the rapidly increasing demand for clean energy, the major declines in the cost of generation, and the state’s ideal conditions for development.

The Utility Scale Solar Energy Coalition of Ohio (USSEC) is a non-profit organization representing developers, manufacturers and industry leaders in our state working to meet the demand for clean energy and drive economic development benefitting Ohio’s communities, schools and rural landowners.

Board Members

Jared Wren

Ohio native Jared Wren is a Senior Development Associate with Hecate Energy, a leading developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects and storage solutions in the United States. Wren specializes in utility-scale solar PV installations and has supported projects across the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, including the successful development of more than 400 MW of solar PV projects in the state of Ohio. Wren is a founding member of USSEC and has served on the USSEC Board of Directors since 2020.

Mark Walter

With more than a decade of experience in the solar and renewable energy industry, Mark Walter is the Director of Legislative & Regulatory Affairs with Savion, LLC. Savion develops utility-scale, greenfield solar photovoltaic power projects across the country for renewable and cost-effective energy. Walter is a founding board member of USSEC and has served since 2020.

Mike Volpe

Mike Volpe is a renewable energy industry expert with over a decade of experience spanning customer origination, project development, and finance. Mike co-founded Open Road Renewables with the goal of developing least-cost renewable energy in Ohio and established itself as one of the early leaders in by successfully developing the first utility-scale solar project in the Buckeye state. Volpe is a founding board member of USSEC and has served since 2020.

Member Companies

Governing Members

  • Savion, LLC
  • Open Road Renewables
  • Hecate Energy
  • Leeward Energy
  • Invenergy
  • Geenex Solar
  • Brookfield Renewable Partners

Sustaining and Supporting Members

  • 7X Energy
  • ACCIONA Energy
  • AES
  • Avangrid Renewables
  • Candela Renewables
  • CEC, Inc.
  • CEP Renewables
  • ConnectGEN
  • Cypress Creek Renewables
  • D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments
  • EDF Renewables
  • EDP Renewables
  • EDR
  • Enel North America
  • First Solar
  • Foundation Solar Partners
  • Innergex Renewable Energy
  • Liberty Utilities
  • Lightsource bp
  • National Grid Renewables
  • Orsted Onshore North America
  • Pine Gate Renewables
  • RWE
  • Vesper Energy

Leadership Team

Assistant Director

Jake Kuss

Jake is the Assistant Director of USSEC. He started his career in brand management and strategic marketing, but he has recently devoted his time to promoting solar energy in Ohio.

Jake founded Shared Power Network, an Ohio-based nonprofit, to help schools develop solar energy projects and educational programming. He also worked in solar project development with Solarvision, LLC and serves on the the Green Energy Ohio Board of Directors. Jake earned his undergraduate degrees from Miami University (OH), completed a master’s thesis on energy policy at the University of Chicago and an MBA at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.