About David Energy
Our team combines years of sustainability expertise and a deep understanding of all of the various Distributed Energy Resources available. We undertake a rigorous evaluation and bring in partners as needed to help deliver the best possible energy system for customers.
David Energy was founded on the belief that we are at the dawn of a transformational period on the electricity grid. Over the next 40 years, we will shift from large, centralized, fossil fuel consuming, and analog power plants to small, distributed, cleaner, software enabled energy generating resources. The grid will gradually change from the one way flows of power of old to a two way network of communicating nodes as a result. This requires a new kind of energy provider, one centered around modern communication and software technologies.
What We Do
We take a holistic approach to all of our customers’ energy needs and leverage software to make providing electricity transparent and easy to engage with. From energy billing management and local law compliance, to optimizing distributed energy resources such as solar, battery storage, HVAC controls, and more.
Who We Serve
We work with commercial and industrial customers, from large office buildings in midtown manhattan to industrial manufacturing plants on Long Island and universities in New Jersey. Large building owners and managers can benefit from taking a software driven approach to their energy needs, and not just those who already have Distributed Energy Resources such as solar and battery storage.
CEO & Co-Founder
James McGinniss is an expert in modern grid design and technologies, ranging from solar + storage to CHP/Cogen. While studying Engineering at the University of Texas-Austin, he researched all aspects of energy markets and next generation grid infrastructure design. In lieu of pursuing his PhD in battery storage science, he helped found David Energy.
While at UT, James also founded and led a team of 30+ engineers that competed in the Elon Musk led SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, where teams were invited to build pods to race on a one-mile test track. They won the SpaceX Innovation Award after two years spent building their prototype, one of three teams to be recognized.
James has extensive experience designing and deploying rooftop solar and residential behind the meter storage projects in the Texas market for Alba Energy, a Texas based solar installation company.
He holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Physics and Math.
B.S. in Physics & Math, Magna Cum Laude
M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering
- Participation in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition and recipient of the SpaceX Innovation Award
- Design and deployment for Alba Energy
CTO & Co-Founder
Ahmed brings over 15 years of experience in the building automation and energy management industry. Ahmed has previously held senior project manager and engineering roles at multiple companies internationally and around the United States including multinational companies such as Siemens Building Solutions and Schneider Electric.
Ahmed currently is a Director of Engineering at R3 Energy, along with his David Energy CTO role. He developed the EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System for R3 Energy, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system focusing on monitoring and optimizing building operations and the execution of Demand Response and other demand management measures.
Ahmed’s responsibilities include overseeing the energy and automation engineering department and product development.
Ahmed holds a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified Building Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment Professional.
Helwan University Cairo
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
- 13 years of experience in the building automation and energy industry
- Developer of EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system
Brian Maxwell has 9 years of experience in the energy development and has a deep understanding of all aspects of energy use and design. Prior to David Energy, Brian co-founded NowSolar Inc and EastEdge Energy G.K. where he built large scale solar and wind developments around the world.
At EastEdge Energy Brian originated 200MW of solar projects around Japan and formed a joint venture agreement with Invenergy LLC for co-development of the portfolio. 80MW of the portfolio are currently under construction and the remainder of the portfolio is being co-developed with Softbank Energy.
Brian has also worked worked at the Cato Institute, a prominent Washington D.C. think tank, as an energy and environmental policy researcher. He holds a B.S.c (Honors) in Geology and Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
B.S.c (Honors) in Geology & Economics
- 9 years in energy development
- Co-founder of NowSolar Inc and EastEdge Energy
- Research at the Cato Institute
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