As Principal and Managing Director of Pine Gate Renewables, James is responsible for leading strategic operations and company growth initiatives and oversees Pine Gate’s nationwide business development efforts. His background includes managing a 300+ MW development pipeline and the origination and build-out of more than 100 project locations. His areas of expertise include utility relations, regulation, land evaluation, interconnections and zoning process. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
ZOE GAMBLE HANES
Chief Executive Officer
As President of Pine Gate, Zoë leads the company in creating the future of clean energy. She oversees operations, project and corporate finance and investor relations. Prior to Pine Gate, Zoë was Vice President and General Counsel for FLS Energy and was instrumental in growing FLS from $2 million to over $300 million in annual revenue and facilitated approximately $1 billion in project and corporate finance. Before FLS, she was an attorney with Blanco Tackabery from 2006 to 2011, where she founded the firm’s renewable energy practice. Zoë has also served on the board of many environmental and energy related organizations, including the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association since 2008. Zoë holds a bachelor’s degree from the Evergreen State College, Juris Doctor and Master of Environmental Law & Policy from the Vermont Law School, both magna cum laude.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Ray manages all financial activity for Pine Gate Renewables, including accounting corporate finance, risk management, asset management and compliance. Prior to joining Pine Gate, Ray was CFO of North Carolina solar developer and EPC contractor FLS Energy. During his tenure at FLS, Ray oversaw the financing of over 475 MW of utility-scale solar farms utilizing over $1 billion of equity and project/corporate debt. He has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina.
Chief Capital Officer
As a solar development finance expert, Ben is responsible for Pine Gate Renewables’ entire project financing oversight and implementation. His duties as Chief Capital Officer include raising and negotiating project tax and sponsor equity investments, sourcing all project-lending facilities and developing financial structuring strategies. Prior to joining Pine Gate Renewables, Ben was the Director of Structured Finance and Director of Business Development at FLS Energy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University, is a CFA charter holder and is a board member of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.
Chief Construction Officer
As Chief Construction Officer, Chris is responsible for managing Pine Gate’s construction planning and oversight. His duties include developing agreements with contractors, material and vendor procurement, and developing strategy and process to ensure that our budget, safety, and schedule goals are met. Previously Chris was the VP of Operations at FLS Energy where he oversaw the completion of over 400mw of solar assets. In his 7 years there, he was a member of the management team that led the company from $2 million of revenue to over $300 million. Prior to joining the solar industry Chris was a member of the 844th Engineering Battalion and constructed military projects in Iraq and Kuwait. He is a lifelong resident of Asheville, NC where he resides with his wife Kelly and two daughters, Brooklyn and Harper.