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
Head of Retail
Chaitu is Head of Retail at David Energy. He is a 20 year veteran in the retail energy sector. Prior to David Energy, Chaitu was the COO at Crius Energy. During his tenure at Crius, he played a critical role in the growth strategy and improved operational efficiency which translated to a 250% increase in customers and 30% reduction in cost to serve economics which laid the foundation for the 2019 sale to Vistra Energy for over US$500M. Prior to Crius, he served as the COO and President of MXenergy Holdings Inc. from 2011-12 and served as the CFO and EVP of MXenergy from 2004. He was instrumental in negotiating a sale to Constellation for US$225M in 2011. Prior to MXenergy, Chaitu held senior financial roles at retail energy businesses in the US and Canada. He began his career in Toronto with KPMG and holds a Certified Public Accountant designation. Mr. Parikh also holds a BA degree with a concentration in Economics from the University of Toronto.
University of Toronto
B.A in Economics
- COO of Crius Energy, LLC
- COO and President of MXenergy Holdings Inc.
- CFO and EVP of MXenergy
Co-Founder and Board Director
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
VP of Capacity
Jed Trott joined David Energy Systems in April 2021 as the VP of Capacity. He was previously the VP of Demand Response at Customized Energy Solutions. He has strived to empower customers to participate in wholesale markets since 2007 against the constantly shifting sands of tariffs designed to extract value from them. His work has included the integration of an electrical cooperative with an over 750 MW peak into the PJM wholesale market, wholesale market support for the largest residential demand response aggregator in California and enabling V2G participation in the most demanding of wholesale electricity products: Frequency Regulation. His focus at David Energy is on creating and implementing strategies that garner the best currently available value for load flexibility from the market while keeping in mind the long-term portfolio value of load control capacity. Jed has a BA in International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania.
University of Pennsylvania
B.A in International Relations
- VP of Demand Response at Customized Energy Solutions
Regulatory & Compliance Counsel
Lena is an attorney and leads David Energy’s wholesale and retail market entry operations, from initial licensing to ongoing compliance. She also collaborates with David Energy’s sustainability team and industry partners to develop policy and regulatory resources for distributed and renewable energy markets.
Prior to joining David Energy, Lena worked at Drift Marketplace, a renewable energy and SaaS start-up where she focused on market entry, regulatory compliance and advocacy, as well as Feller Law Group, a law firm specializing in deregulated energy markets.
Lena is a Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Energy, Infrastructure, Siting & Reliability (EISR) Committee. She is a board member of the New York Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI), where she was a Fellow in 2014, and is also a Senior Fellow of the Environment Leadership Program (ELP). Lena has authored a number of articles on renewable energy and how the legal profession can — and must — increase environmental grassroots and community access to legal services.
Lena received her B.A. in Government from Dartmouth, graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee School of Law, and has an MSc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
Lena lives in NYC and tells herself 2020 will be the year she masters the Art of Good Computer Posture.
B.A. in Government
Washington & Lee School of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), Cum Laude
M.S.E. in Environmental Management
VP of Supply
Abhi brings over a decade of wholesale and retail power experience to the David Energy team. He’s an expert in retail portfolio supply, deal valuation, and risk management. As VP of Supply, Abhi leads the pricing, hedging, and risk management efforts for David Energy’s customer portfolio.
Abhi started his career at NextEra Energy Power Marketing and later joined MP2 Energy as Director of Risk where he modeled MP2’s rooftop solar partnership with SolarCity. His most recent role was serving as Director of Portfolio Optimization at EDF Energy North America, where he oversaw the supply management of EDF’s retail portfolio. Five years prior, Abhi was brought on as employee number 1 in the Pricing group where the valuation model he and his team built established EDF as a top C&I retailer in the U.S.
He holds a MS in Financial Mathematics from Florida State University and a BA in Mathematics and Economics from The University of Texas at Austin.
Florida State University
MS in Financial Mathematics
The University of Texas at Austin
BA in Mathematics and Economics
- Director of Portfolio Optimization at EDF Energy NA
- Director of Risk at MP2 Energy
Director of Sustainability
Ece is the Director of Sustainability at David Energy, where she is responsible for the development of its sustainability products, including green building certifications, sustainability reporting, greenhouse gas emissions, and regulatory compliance. Ece works closely with David Energy’s current commercial clients, helping them develop and implement sustainability plans, and manages their compliance and reporting requirements. Prior to its merger with David Energy, Ece worked at R3 Energy, where she led client LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications of 2.1 million square feet space, energy efficiency upgrades, and incentive applications.
Ece received her M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in 2015, as well as a B.S. in Geological Engineering from Istanbul University and an M.S. in Environmental Technology from Bosphorus University. She holds the LEED AP EB:OM, LEED AP BD&C, and Fitwel Ambassador certifications.
M.S. in Sustainability Management
M.S. in Environmental Technology
B.S. in Geological Engineering
Director of Business Development
Corey is the Director of Business Development at David Energy. Corey believes that commercial energy users will play a key role in transitioning our society and economy to a clean and sustainable future, and he focuses on helping these clients navigate the energy revolution.
Prior to David Energy, Corey spent four years at EnterSolar, where he contributed to the development of over $30 million of commercial solar energy projects. He also built strategies in response to new state-level incentive and regulatory markets in New York and Massachusetts.
Corey is currently pursuing his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he serves as the Stern Energy & Infrastructure Club’s VP of Renewables. He earned a B.S. in Science of Natural & Environmental Systems from Cornell University and a Master of Management in Energy from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business.
B.S. in Science of Natural & Environmental Systems, with a concentration in Environmental Economics
Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
Master of Management in Energy
Stern School of Business, New York University
Master of Business Administration Candidate
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