As an independent solar energy system designer and developer for American Renewable Energy and Power between late 2011 and early 2013, David worked with school districts, cities, and towns across Ohio to put in place 12 megawatts of solar electric power capacity-equivalent to nearly half the solar capacity installed in the entire state of Ohio in 2012.
As a veteran of the solar industry, David saw that a way of delivering radically affordable solar power to working people did not exist. At a meeting of Transition Clintonville, David met Suzanne Csejtey, an energy and construction professional and longtime community activist. They discovered a shared vision for a social and economic mechanism to deliver solar power that was to become the Clintonville Energy CoOp. The economic theory and organization of the CEC makes it unique in the world of solar power and in the world of cooperatives as well. More than a dozen solar projects are slated for the CEC this year alone.
While working with the resourceful and dedicated Clintonville neighbors, Suzanne and David left their corporate work in energy efficiency and investor-owned solar, to start Design Energy, a Solar design/build consultancy for cities, schools, and neighborhoods in Ohio. Today, David and Suzanne are working with a number of past GEO award winners such as Annie and Jay Warmke and Michelle and Geoff Greenfield, to bring affordable solar power to Ohio.