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Mr. Cook recently formed NextPower Capital to provide financing for distributed energy projects. Prior to NextPower Capital, Mr. Cook was a Vice President in the Structured Finance & Global Markets groups at SolarCity. He was instrumental in building the project and structured financing capabilities for the company, which has raised capital to support over $9 billion of solar projects. Mr. Cook has more than twenty years of experience in energy project financing and development for both solar and traditional energy projects. Prior to SolarCity, Mr. Cook led the finance group at Recurrent Energy, a distributed utility-scale solar project developer, and with SunPower, where he was director of structured finance and business development. Read more
Earlier in his career, Mr. Cook developed and financed projects for Bechtel Enterprises, the project finance and project development group of the Bechtel construction group. He also started and ran SELCO, a solar power developer, financier, and operator focused on emerging markets. Mr. Cook holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and graduated with honors in economics and physics from the University of Virginia. Mr. Cook holds Series 7, 63, and 79 securities licenses.
David Goldman, CFA
Mr. Goldman has worked in the solar finance industry since 2004 and has led and closed hundreds of solar transactions totaling over $2B and has successfully launched several entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently a Managing Partner at NextPower Capital LLC and its affiliates, where he manages an online brokerage for commercial solar projects. Prior to his current position, Mr. Goldman was a Managing Director of Financial Products in SunEdison’s Small Commercial business, a position he accepted following a successful acquisition by SunEdison of InSource Energy, a commercial financing platform he co-founded as CEO. Prior to co-founding InSource Energy, Mr. Goldman served as the Sr. Vice President of Financial Products at Mosaic where he led commercial origination and underwriting and co-developed Mosaic’s dominant residential loan product. Read more
Prior to Mosaic, Mr. Goldman served as Vice President of Project Finance as well as General Manager of Solar Products at Solon Corporation and held positions of increasing responsibility at SunPower over a seven year period where he ultimately held the position of Director of Structured Finance before leaving. Mr. Goldman holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, is a CFA charter holder, and holds Series 7, 63 and 79 securities licenses.
Connie Chern, CPA
Sr. Director & Partner
Ms. Chern has worked with tax-advantaged investments since 2004 and structured financing for solar and other renewable energy assets valued over $2.5B. She recently joined NextPower Capital to provide structuring and execution expertise for distributed energy projects. Prior to joining NextPower Capital, Ms. Chern was a Director in SolarCity's Financial Products group, where she was responsible for developing Solar Bonds, residential Solar Loans, and other products while managing the operations of a web-based platform to efficiently transact the sale, issuance, and origination of debt. In this position, Ms. Chern played a key role in raising over $750M of corporate and project-specific debt for distributed solar and battery storage installations. Read more
While at SolarCity, Ms. Chern was also a Director in the Structured Finance group, where she raised over $500M of tax equity for distributed solar assets, assumed responsibility for esoteric financing, and managed the hiring, on-boarding, and training of analysts and associates to achieve scale and capacity goals. Prior to joining SolarCity, Ms. Chern was a manager in the New York office of Novogradac & Company LLP, where she led the development of the firm's presence in New York while providing audit, tax, and advisory services for a range of tax credit investments in both real estate and renewable energy. During her tenure at Novogradac & Company, Ms. Chern provided financial modeling and advisory services for over $1.5B in tax-advantaged investments. She is licensed as a certified public accountant in California and holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and a minor in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Investment Banking Associate
Mr. Hirschmann joined NextPower Capital in June 2018 as an Investment Banking Associate to provide financial modeling and analytical support. Prior to his current position, Mr. Hirschmann was a Senior Financial Analyst at Sempra Renewables where he led the financial analysis of a 200 MW solar project acquisition and provided financial modeling for one of the largest single tax equity transactions for a portfolio of utility-scale solar projects. Prior to Sempra, Mr. Hirschmann was an analyst in the Power & Project Finance group at CIT Bank (fka OneWest Bank) where he analyzed, structured and underwrote debt financing transactions for power generation assets. Mr. Hirschmann holds a B.A. in Economics and Chinese Language Citation from Harvard University.
- Our team has over 30 years of experience financing solar projects
- We have worked at firms that have been leaders in the solar industry
- Solar remains the dominant growing renewable technology
- Low cost and efficient storage will accelerate the adoption of solar projects
- We have unique experience financing solar with storage on residential and commercial
- Leverage our experience to capitalize on opportunities from this emerging technology
Solar energy project finance expertise. Network of developer and financial partners. Easy to work with and completely service focused. Modeling and structuring expertise. Maximize and harvest project value.