Asheville, NC –
North Carolina based solar EPC firm Blue Ridge Power has hired construction industry veteran Alex Epstein as their chief operating officer. He brings nearly 25 years of experience in the energy construction sector – most recently as president of oil and gas pipeline contractor Snelson Companies.
“I’m excited to join Blue Ridge Power at such a promising time for the company and the solar industry overall,” said Epstein. “Utility-scale solar is a driving force in the growth of American jobs and energy independence for our county and Blue Ridge Power is at the forefront of those efforts. I look forward to helping guide the company toward continued success.”
Blue Ridge Power was founded in June of this year when Pine Gate Renewables spun off their EPC division to form the new company. Blue Ridge Power subsequently purchased Fayetteville-based civil and mechanical contractor Horne Brothers Construction making it one of the largest EPC companies in the country. The company currently oversees more than 1 GW of operational assets and has 700 MW under construction, with 2,500 MW in the pipeline for construction in 2021-2022.
“Alex brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team,” said Chris Dunbar, CEO of Blue Ridge Power. “His insight and abilities will be a major asset as we continue our push to be the number one solar EPC company in the United States.”
Epstein lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife Elisabeth Jilek and her two children. He is an avid cook and baker. Blue Ridge Power maintains offices in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and their corporate headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina.