Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Benoy Thanjan is the Founder and CEO of Reneu Energy and he is also an advisor for several solar startup companies. He has extensive financial experience in the renewable energy industry and in the environmental commodities market.
Before founding Reneu Energy, he was the SREC Trader in the Project Finance Group for SolarCity which merged with Tesla in 2016. He originated SREC trades with buyers and co-developed their SREC monetization and hedging strategy with the senior management of SolarCity to move into the east coast markets.
Benoy was the Vice President at Vanguard Energy Partners which is a national solar installer where he focused on project finance solutions for commercial scale solar projects. He also worked for Ridgewood Renewable Power, a private equity fund, where he analyzed potential investments in renewable energy projects and worked on maximizing the financial return of the projects in the portfolio. Benoy also worked on the sale of all of the renewable energy projects in Ridgewood’s portfolio.
He was in the Energy Structured Finance practice for Deloitte & Touche and in Financial Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young. Benoy received his first experience in Finance as an intern at D.E. Shaw & Co., which is a global investment firm with 37 billion dollars in investment capital. He has a MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and a BS in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Benoy was an Alumni Scholar at the Stern School of Business.
Vice President of Power Marketing
Bill Short focuses on energy and environmental commodities hedging strategies for Reneu Energy. He has over 40 years of experience working with electric utilities, Independent System Operator(“ISO”) and/or Regional Transmission Organizations(“RTOs”), generators, suppliers and independent power producers. Bill is an expert on the operations of the restructured electric utility industry, especially the impacts of climate change and renewable portfolio standards mandates. Bill directed legislative and regulatory initiatives in several Northeastern and Western states as well as in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He worked successfully on the enactment of special purpose legislation or regulations for RPS for the states of California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
He was the Vice President of Power Marketing at Ridgewood Renewable Power. He managed the sales of electrical products and renewable energy certificates from Ridgewood Renewable Power’s renewable energy power plants. He worked for PaineWebber and Kidder, Peabody & Co. (now UBS AG) as Vice President of Private and Direct Investments. He also was initially at Kidder where he was responsible for the due diligence and structuring of asset-based financings of landfill gas, hydro-electric, geothermal and wind projects. Bill worked as project engineer at Ebasco Services and Philadelphia Electric Company where he was responsible for the analysis and design of nuclear power plant security and safety systems. He has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU, an MSE in System Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University.
Alexander Leff is an attorney specializing in renewable energy project development and the environmental markets. Mr. Leff was the General Counsel of an environmental startup. He also practiced environmental law in Lake Tahoe, CA and completed a legal clerkship with the carbon-offset accreditation NGO, The Gold Standard Foundation. Alex completed his JD from Boston University School of Law and his BS from Boston University and has been admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts.
Vice President of Sales and Business Development Strategy
Kathir has been consulting industry leading solar energy providers like SolarCity, Crius Energy, and OneRoof Energy specifically in the area of customer acquisition and campaign effectiveness
Over the past 16 years, Kathir has built CRM solutions for several prominent organizations, including IBM, Dell, Disney, Harvard, and Computer Associates. In addition, Kathir has also advised several retail energy companies on maturity assessments, cross-sales, and customer retention programs. Kathir has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Sales and Marketing.
Steven Schwerd, LEED AP
Consultant and Principal of Schwerd Consulting LLC
Steve partners with Reneu Energy on consulting engagements where companies are looking for a team to analyze whether the company should go solar. With over 25 years in Consulting Engineering, Steve has proven accomplishments in Engineering design; project, client, staff and financial management; business development; Engineering operations; and firm leadership. Experience ranges from creating small MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) departments to a Principal/Shareholder role as the Engineering Leader for a large multi-office, international full service Architectural & Engineering firm.
With Energy as a key focus, Steve became involved in renewable energy and design in 2008 as Solar PV became an increasingly viable option. He developed and led a full service Engineering team that emerged as a nationally recognized Engineering leader for Solar PV, having completed over 350 projects and 300MW across 25 states prior to his departure. Steve remains highly committed and active in the Solar industry and has worked with many leading solar companies across the country.