Cox assumes V.P. of Marketing job at solar developer Centauri Energy

October 20, 2015 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CONCORD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ruth Cox has assumed the role of Vice President of Power Marketing for Centauri Energy, LLC, a developer of utility-scale solar and wind projects. Initially, she will focus on securing key corporate and government customers for the clean power generated by Beltran Solar, the company’s 300-Megawatt (MW) solar project in California’s Central Valley.

The appointment comes as market demand increases for renewable energy, following Governor Jerry Brown signing SB 350 into law. Among SB 350’s goals, the landmark legislation mandates that California achieve 50% electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030. Customers seeking clean power from Beltran Solar will work with Cox to secure a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is a contractual commitment to off-take power.

“With build-out commencing on Beltran Solar and market demand for renewable energy increasing due to SB 350, Beltran Solar’s timing is perfect for those seeking to meet California’s clean energy goals,” Cox says. “We are on schedule to start delivering power in 2016, so we’re in an ideal position to get PPAs in place.”

Cox possesses years of experience in strategic marketing and business development for the clean energy, high tech and telecommunication industries. Most recently, she served in a presidential appointment as the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) Pacific Rim Regional Administrator and GSA’s Senior Sustainability Officer and Senior Official for Executive Order 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management.”

Cox also has extensive experience in enterprise sales and building high-growth businesses in the tech sector, which includes her work as a marketing executive at Hewlett-Packard and Tandem Computers. In 2004, she entered politics and government, to follow her vision of improving economic growth and quality of life through energy efficiency and clean-power generation.

“Ruth brings a rare mix of talents in business and a long list of accomplishments in clean energy,” says Jeff Irvine, president and CEO of Centauri Energy. “For the GSA, she managed a massive real estate portfolio with a focus on sustainability, and she made significant achievements in increasing clean power consumption and energy efficiency. She’s got the experience and passion, and is the ideal person to secure our PPAs.”

“I always intended to return to the private sector and continue to help the U.S. lead the clean-energy market, create sustainable economic growth, and improve our environment,” Cox says. “I’m delighted to join a team of seasoned professionals who have successfully delivered massive utility projects and who share my passion for America’s future as the world’s leading supplier and consumer of clean power.”

At 300 MW, Beltran Solar is one of the largest solar projects under way in California. It spans approximately 1,600 acres near Interstate 5, and is located approximately an hour southeast of the Bay Area. The project has completed all environmental impact studies, received all permit approvals and secured a CAISO queue position, which will allow it to connect to the grid. Beltran Solar will be built in three phases, with the first phase scheduled to deliver power to the BANC and WAPA grids in 2016.

About Centauri Energy, LLC

Centauri Energy, LLC develops utility-scale renewable energy solar and wind projects. The company specifically seeks to develop projects that repurpose fallow farmland or make use of remote, uninhabitable property. Over the past three decades, the leadership team has developed dozens of alternate-energy projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico, totaling in excess of 6,000 Megawatts of power.