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Dirigo Solar LLC is a Maine-based developer of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, with over 200 MWac currently under development throughout the state of Maine. Dirigo’s mission is to leverage technology cost reductions to lower the cost of power for Maine homeowners and businesses, with locally generated, clean energy. In 2015, Dirigo was awarded a contract by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, for up to 75 MWac of distributed solar projects in Central Maine Power and/or Emera Maine service territories. Notably, the Commission determined that Dirigo’s portfolio will save Maine ratepayers up to more than $25M over the length of the contract.
In 2016, Dirigo partnered with BNRG Renewables Limited, an international developer of solar projects based in Dublin, Ireland, to build, own, and operate the projects. BNRG has developed, financed, and constructed over 130 MW of ground mounted and rooftop projects comprising approximately more than $275 million in value in Oregon as well as the UK, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, and Greece.
Audrey Puleio, Project Manager
Audrey Puleio is lead Project Manager for Phase 2 of the Maine portfolio. Born and raised in Maine, she is excited to return to her home state to work with fellow Mainers to realize the potential of alternative energy and utilize the land in a renewable landscape. In the solar space, she actively collaborates across teams, working with local contractors for securing environmental permitting and grid feasibility, and helps build strong communities for a more sustainable state. Audrey’s exposure to Maine’s communities is diverse; she managed a lobster wharf in Harpswell, worked on aquatic organism passage and increasing wild Atlantic salmon habitat throughout the state with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and completed the Maine marathon three times. Audrey holds a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from Bates College and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics program in Dharamshala, India through Emory University.
Bob Cleaves, Co-Founder
Bob Cleaves is a co-founder and principal investor of Dirigo Solar LLC. A fourth generation Mainer, Bob has achieved national recognition for his achievements in the renewable power and fuel sectors. He is passionate about deploying sustainable, cost-effective energy solutions to help grow Maine’s rural economy. A lawyer turned entrepreneur, Bob began his professional career at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he proudly served in DOJ’s Honors Program prosecuting white collar crime.
Zach Good, Project Manager
A native of the Portland, Maine area, Zach has more than 7 years of experience in the solar industry, holding positions that range from performing residential installations to managing the development and successful deployment of over 12MW of distributed generation solar in Northern New England. What Zach brings to the table is a solutions driven mentality, a positive team oriented attitude, and an authentic boots-on-the-ground perspective of the management and construction practices required to deliver top quality solar projects. Zach is thrilled to be on board with a company whose values and work ethic align so closely with his own and who genuinely care about the positive impact they are making on the world. While not in the office or on a construction site Zach enjoys skiing, trying to stay in shape on the soccer field, playing his acoustic guitar, and spending time with his wife, Lindsay, as they patiently await the arrival of their first child.
Nick Mazuroski, Co-Founder
Nick is a founding member of Dirigo Solar and Director of BNRG Maine. With over a decade of experience in the renewable energy sector, his focus has been on business origination, development, operations, and fundraising. Prior to Dirigo Solar, Nick was VP of Operations for the Biomass Power Association, the nation’s leading trade organization for biomass power producers, representing more than 2,000 MW of installed capacity. Nick studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, and earned his BA in Political Science from Bates College.