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Kam Jaspal, Interim Executive Director

Kam was born and raised in London, England and has lived in Colorado for over twenty five years. A mechanical engineer by trade, he worked in various European countries in the manufacturing sector. Prior to working at GRID, he worked locally in the residential energy efficiency field and managed the operations for a local low-income weatherization agency.

Construction

Jeff Bintz, Sr. Construction Manager

Jeff is a US Army Veteran with over 11 years of construction industry experience. Jeff Is a NABCEP Certified Professional PV Installer who holds a degree in Power Technology with certifications as a Power and Wind Technician.

Jeff served as project manager and/or site supervisor on the solar jobs that include 2.85 MW CSG projects, State of Colorado, 4MW ground mount, Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), Frankton, IN, 1.3MW ground mount, IMPA, Rensselaer, IN, 1.3MW ground mount, IMPA, Crawfordsville, IN, 1.2MW ground mount, IMPA, Richmond, IN and 480kW solar carport, Burk, Cincinnati, OH
Residential Jr. Solar Installation Supervisor

Development

Matt McNearney, Director of Strategic Development

Matt McNearney leads GRID Colorado’s Outreach Department and develops new projects and partnerships with government agencies, regional electric co-ops, local utilities, and public/private organizations throughout Colorado. He has an extensive solar background, including authoring two books on the financial viability of residential and commercial solar projects.

Outreach

Chelsea Gaines, Outreach Coordinator

Chelsea joined GRID Alternatives Colorado as the Outreach Coordinator in 2020. Chelsea has a long history of working with non-profits in Outreach Services and Case Management roles. With this background, Chelsea is well equipped in working with clients and community partners. Outside of overseeing the application process, Chelsea builds connections with community organizations and informs the community of the solar programs available to them through GRID. In her free time, Chelsea advocates for affordable and safe housing, food security, and sustainability in the Fashion Industry. If you are interested in free solar, please apply now! Click our ‘Get Solar’ link at the top of the page to get started! Chelsea is excited to hear from you and stoked to get you started in the process!

Mikkela Blanton, Outreach Coordinator

Mikkela is an environmental enthusiast with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in sustainable food systems from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her professional experience includes 10 years as a copywriter and editor, as well as serving as the regenerative agriculture campaign coordinator for 350CO and the special projects director for the Colorado Local Science Engagement Network. She has been published by Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics as the lead author on a food system workers briefing booklet, acknowledged for her contributions to an article on ethics of food waste published in Physiology and Behavior, and co-led a project in collaboration with the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force on impact investing to reduce deforestation. When she’s not working, you can find her going on long (long!) walks with her husband, studying Spanish, and searching for the best food in the Denver area.

Workforce & Volunteering

Troy Wanek, Solar Installation Trainer

Troy moved to Colorado to attend solar courses at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) during the solar boom of the 1980s. That boom ended abruptly upon his arrival, and he entered the construction world eventually becoming a General Contractor. Jump to 2008, Troy returned to solar, this time developing and teaching solar energy courses for Red Rocks Community College while installing solar PV and thermal systems on the side. While at Red Rocks, he helped develop a similar solar degree program for Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Al-Huson, Jordan. Later he conducted an off-grid installation class with Madison Area Technical College, installing two off-grid power systems for medical clinics in the Blue Mountain area of Jamaica. The last few years Troy has taught certificate courses for RRCC to individuals serving sentences in the Colorado Department of Corrections facilities. In 2021, Troy began a new role as a Trainer for GRID Colorado. Troy, his wife, and two dogs enjoy spending time in the mountains. Troy continues to develop ways to have everything operate by solar alone. This all began with a solar automated chicken coop.

Clean Mobility/EV

Christian McWilliams, Clean Mobility Manager

Christian McWilliams communicates with new applicants as a Customer Care Specialist. His past work has had him working with nonprofits including directing a voter outreach office and speaking with the public on migratory bird conservation on a tour from San Diego, CA to Fairbanks, AK. He received his Bachelors of Science in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and interned for several think tanks in Mumbai, New York, and Washington D.C while studying. He lives in Denver now and calls both Norfolk, VA and Rota, Spain home.