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Ryan O’Keefe has eight years of experience working full time in the energy storage industry from all aspects of the value chain, and over 20 years of experience in the electric power industry with the majority of this time working with clean and renewable energy sources. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. Ryan began his career on GE’s Leadership Development Program and spent 14 years with GE in the Power, Capital, and International business units in the US and Mexico. He then joined NextEra Energy where he invested eight years in senior leadership positions including Vice President of Solar Development. During his tenure at NextEra, Mr. O’Keefe successfully started and led several new ventures including the company’s entry into Canada, solar and the energy storage markets. He then joined energy-storage start-up Younicos as Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer where he led top line growth including sales, product development, product marketing, and regulatory affairs. Ryan was then appointed as Executive Officer and SVP, Business Development at Ideal Power, a publicly traded company and recognized leader in the C&I energy storage inverter market. Presently, Ryan is the business unit leader responsible for energy storage and solar at Orsted, a globally recognized leader in clean energy. Ryan lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.
In his work in energy storage over the years Ryan noticed that many solution providers have made the product offering overly complicated. For energy storage to scale, customers need access to strraightforward, reliable, and affordable products that can be made to work in different markets for different applications. Switch is exactly that, a straightforward, affordable product that uses best in class components to deliver value.
I’ve been working in the solar and battery storage industry for the past decade and have designed and sold hundreds of solar and solar + storage systems. It has been exciting to see the many improvements in solar modules, racking, and inverters. With the increased availability of Lithium Ion batteries, microgrids have become more accessible. However, it is complicated, time consuming and expensive to assemble and install standard microgrids. The Switch Microgrid solves many of these challenges and will be important in pushing the industry forward. Customers tell me that installing a Switch system makes the process straightforward and painless. They also appreciate the option to get support for both the engineering and the installation of these fully assembled Microgrids.
Before working in the solar industry, I worked in the construction laser and consumer goods industries both domestically and internationally. I have a BS in Engineering Geology from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of Oregon. When I’m not talking about Switch Storage Solutions, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 daughters as well as running with my dog in the hills of Portola Valley, CA.
Mike has been in the solar and energy storage business for over 10 years. His education includes an engineering degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Texas. Upon graduation from school he began a 22 year career in industrial and process automation with Festo Corporation. During this time his career focused on machine robotics and automation for factory equipment.
In 2007 he began a new career with Gexpro where he was the branch manager for one of their larger construction branches at the time. During this time he viewed solar as the next big opportunity for electrical distribution. Due to his background and interest in renewable energy, Gexpro offered him the position as national solar manager where he had the opportunity to develop Gexpro’s national solar program. A few years after launching Gexpro’s solar program he then launched Gexpro’s storage program which became known as Gexpro Power IQ.
When Mike is not designing or supporting energy storage projects he can be found training for the occasional triathlon or road or mountain biking or with his wife of 30 years.