2023 Board of Directors
Adam Harper, President, OE Solar
Adam Harper is the Founder/Principal of OE Solar. He is a profound PV expert and visionary through his advocacy to help inspire others from New Mexico and beyond. He lives by the idea that we must not only learn how to anticipate change, but we must also learn how to create it.
In 2020 Adam worked as a leader in making solar energy affordable to all by working with organization such as REIA, CCSA and SEIA to get the Community Solar Energy Act (SB-84) passed.
Fourteen years into owning OE Solar, Adam and his partner, Galina Kofchock, (Co-owner) have grown the company to a multi-million-dollar energy development and EPC; servicing commercial, government, municipal and industrial clients, as well as Sovereign Nations.
Adam is NABCEP PVIP certified and holds the qualifying electrician license for the company with 25+MW of solar experience. He currently serves on the boards of NAIOP, Commerical Real Estate Development Association of NM, Central NM Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., and is an active industry partner of the CNM Trades Advisory committee.
Dylan Connelly, Vice President, Affordable Solar
Dylan is the Director of Commercial and Community Solar Development at Affordable Solar – New Mexico’s largest solar installer.
He is a professional engineer and joined Affordable Solar in 2008 after spending a decade designing cutting edge sustainable buildings. Dylan designed and lives in his Albuquerque Net Zero House (100% Solar Powered) and drives a 100% electric vehicle!
Ron Flax-Davidson, Treasurer, International Investment Group
Ron is the Founder and President of the International Investment Group, Inc., an investment advisory firm responsible for arranging over $4 billion in international and domestic transactions (www.iig-inc.com).
He also served as Chairman and CEO of PNE USA, Inc. (PNE USA), the USA subsidiary of PNE AG, one of the oldest and largest renewable energy development companies in Germany.
Ron served as Vice President of Finance and Development for Nordex USA, one of the largest manufacturers of wind turbine equipment in the world, Vice President of Central Hudson Energy Company and head of renewable energy investments for this New York utility, President of EnergyWorks Mexico, Managing Director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and Vice President for the Chase Manhattan Bank.
Corey Asbill, Organ Mountain Solar & Electric
Denise Austin, Nusenda Credit Union
Denise is currently employed with Nusenda Credit Union as their VP of Treasury Management department. She has over 40 years of experience working in credit unions and credit union-affiliated lending providers. Prior to coming to Nusenda, she spent the last 25 years at CRIF Lending Solutions, most recently as their EVP.
Denise currently serves on the board of Friends of New Mexico Fisher House and enjoys supporting her community through the many opportunities Nusenda’s community partners provide. She also is a Financial Capability Ambassador helping to continue financial education for our youth.
Glenn Felty, SunState Solar, Inc.
Glenn is the Founder and CEO of SunState Solar, a local Albuquerque company serving the Albuquerque-Santa Fe metro. A lifelong entrepreneur, Glenn saw a significant opportunity in the market in 2018 to launch and develop a locally focused solar sales and installation business.
As he often says, there’s nothing better than making a living making a difference. When he’s not busy building the company, Glenn enjoys all aspects of living in a state with such a great outdoor lifestyle including golf, tennis, hiking, biking and much more.
Jeff Franchell, CED Greentech SW
Nick Kadlec, NM Solar Group
Nick Kadlec is the CEO of NM Solar Group, Inc.—a local, 100% employee owned, solar installation company founded in Albuquerque in 2015 which serves New Mexico and El Paso, TX.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. He joined the solar industry after getting his own solar panels in 2013 and realizing what an amazing product solar is for the consumer and for the environment.
He became the CEO of NM Solar Group in 2019, shortly after it became 100% employee-owned, and has been fortunate to oversee the company through a period of significant growth, which he attributes to the dedication of it’s now over 100 employee owners.
Nick has particular interests in helping bring solar to underserved communities and partnering with schools to educate students on the benefits of solar technology. He resides in Albuquerque with his wife, two daughters, several critters, and 34 solar panels.
Karen Paramanadan, UNIRAC
Karen has worked in solar for over a decade. She was first introduced to the world of solar in New Mexico. She often sa
ys that she accidently fell into solar as a career. She took a hands-on course designing and installing solar PV in Santa Fe and has been hooked ever since.
Karen believes that anyone and everyone can do one small thing every day to a make difference in the world.
Taiyoko Sadewic, Past President, Positive Energy Solar
Andrew Stone, PACE Fund NM
Andrew is a lifelong solar enthusiast, a lifetime member of NMSEA, and was instrumental in planning and running The First Annual Solar Fiesta at UNM in 1977. He built passive solar adobe additions to homes in the ’80’s and permitted the first PNM grid-tied PV system in 2005. In 2008, he received the first Tesla Model S in New Mexico. In 2016, he added one of the first grid-tied Tesla powerwall battery storage systems to make a residential nanogrid.
He founded PACE Fund NM in 2018 to bring capital to the commercial behind-the-meter solar market. In 2020, he was a member of the Senate Memorial 63 Community Solar Working Group and advocates for community ownership of solar resources. He is an active board member of the Renewable Energy Industry Association and devotes his time to the Policy Committee which works on bringing good solar legislation to New Mexico. He is a member of NREL’s National Community Solar Partnership and works on community led and owned Community Solar.