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Nautilus Solar Energy® is proudly known as a pioneer in community solar, providing clean energy to homes, apartments, and businesses in local communities across the US. As solar energy visionaries and promoters, we actively develop and provide ongoing maintenance of our solar farms and local communities, supporting over 32,000 subscribers across 10 states.

More than just a clean energy provider, we’re deeply committed to a greater cause of building strong partnerships, providing an affordable energy option for everyone, fostering community growth, and creating a more sustainable planet.

Together with our partners we are creating lasting impact, shaping the present and the future for both financial and environmental sustainability.

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We Go Way Back: Here’s How It All Began

Two Cups of Coffee and a Starbucks Napkin

In 2006, co-founders Jim Rice and Laura Stern turned a vision into reality, sketching the initial blueprint of Nautilus Solar on the back of a napkin in a local Starbucks.

From being the first to apply the IPP business model to distributed generation solar in 2007, to a series of transformative events including investments, leadership shifts, and the acquisition by Power Sustainable, the company continues to stand out as a leader in the solar energy movement and its evolving landscape.

Today, under the leadership of CEO Jeffrey Cheng, Nautilus Solar continues to thrive and expand, setting new standards in community solar.

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2006

Co-Founders Jim Rice and Laura Stern meet at a local Starbucks and sketched out their vision on the back of a napkin.

2007

First company to apply the IPP business model to distributed generation solar.

2008

Early growth was fueled by an investment by Starwood Energy.

2016

Jeffrey Cheng joins Nautilus as COO and business strategy shifts focus to Community Solar.

2015

Starwood sold its interest to Nautilus management and Virgo Investment Group.

2019

Acquired by Power Sustainable, a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, Nautilus expands quickly using its institutional-scale permanent capital.

2019

Jim Rice and Laura Stern become co-CEOs. Jeffrey Cheng becomes President.

2022

Jim Rice and Laura Stern step into advisory roles as new CEO Jeffrey Cheng leads the company to a new era of growth and leadership.

Mission

Mission:

To be the trusted provider of clean energy to local communities.

Vision

Vision:

To create a clean, sustainable future by offering an equitable and affordable renewable energy choice for all.

Purpose

Purpose:

To be the energy partner of choice.

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Our Success

The Nautilus Solar journey is marked by our substantial impact on the solar industry:

  • Actively shaped policy and regulations in new markets
  • Introduced innovative financing models
  • Directly subscribed residential customers in emerging markets
  • Maintained ownership of solar farms through their entire lifecycle
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Our Name and Symbolism

The Nautilus name stems from the USS Nautilus, the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine, reflecting our co-Founder Jim Rice’s background as a Navy Submarine Veteran. Similarly, our logo is inspired by the chambered nautilus shell, symbolizing grace, growth, expansion, and renewal – all key elements of our journey at Nautilus Solar Energy.

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Company Facts and Presence

Nautilus Solar has established a strong presence with:

NAUTILUS
HEADQUARTERS

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SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY

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NEARLY 100 EMPLOYEES NATIONWIDE

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PROJECTS SPANNING ACROSS 10 DIFFERENT MARKETS IN U.S.

Meet Our Dedicated Team

Our Pride and Commitment Shine Through

Jeffrey Cheng

Jeffrey Cheng

Chief Executive Officer

Courtney Matsuishi

Courtney Matsuishi

Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Camelia Miu

Camelia Miu

Chief Financial Officer

Nick Addivinola

Nick Addivinola

Executive Director, M&A

Abigail Broedlin

Abigail Broedlin

Vice President, Asset Management

Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson

Executive Director, Marketing

Eric LaMora

Eric LaMora

Executive Director, Community Solar

Leah Neal

Leah Neal

Director, Human Resources

Eric Paul

Eric Paul

Vice President, Partner Development

Sean Reaney

Sean Reaney

Vice President, Construction

Laura York

Laura York

Vice President, Structuring & Development

Tom Helfrick

Tom Helfrick

Controller

Will Feldman

Will Feldman

Director, Finance

Andrew Rice

Andrew Rice

Director, Business Operations

Jim Rice

Jim Rice

Co-Founder and Board Member

Laura Stern

Laura Stern

Co-Founder and Board Member

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