Southern Current is a leading energy provider for the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar market. Our integrated solar platform includes Project Development, Engineering, Construction, Maintenance, Finance, and Asset Management. Our unique focus on regulatory and legislative processes allows us to improve the value of our assets and drive growth in emerging markets. Our experience in local markets has led to the success of over 300 commissioned assets in 4 different states. As a full-service solar energy provider, our assembled team of energy professionals is diverse in discipline and vast in experience.

Our Mission

To spread environmental awareness through the promotion and successful deployment of solar energy assets across the U.S. We stand behind the quality and value of all our offerings and firmly believe in helping pave the way for a new sustainable energy future.

Meet Our Team

Our Executive Team

Kent Trowbridge - Chief Commercial Officer
Kent Trowbridge
Chief Commercial Officer

Kent focuses on utility-scale solar project development.  Prior to Southern Current, Kent founded and managed Solbridge Energy, a solar farm development company that focused on bringing cutting-edge technology and techniques to the land acquisition process and financing viable solar projects. Earlier in his life, Kent graduated from Yale University and then moved to New York, where he received an MBA in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business. While he has worked and financed various start-ups, Kent’s most visible success came from his work as Senior Vice President of Operations for the retailer Delia’s. During his six-year tenure, annual sales grew from $150,000 to more than $150 million. Outside of work, Kent enjoys traveling, tennis, and spending time with his wonderful wife Laura and his two children, Claire and McCabe.

Paul Fleury - Chief Development Officer
Paul Fleury
Chief Development Officer

Paul focuses on solar public policy, utility relations, and business development. Prior to Southern Current, Paul spent 8 years as an owner and senior manager of Sustainable Energy Solutions. During that time, Paul led the site acquisition and development activities for over 500 MWs of utility-scale solar projects across the Carolinas as well as a 10-fold increase in residential and commercial sales. Paul currently serves as a board member of the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance and has helped shape the South Carolina solar legislative and regulatory landscape. Included in his successes are the implementation of the Act 236 Distributed Energy Resource Program, the revision and adoption of Net Metering 2.0 and the crafting of a unified interconnection standard across the state. Paul holds a BA from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors and on the water with his wife or on one of the Lowcountry’s many beautiful golf courses.

Greg White - Chief EPC Officer
Greg White
Chief EPC Officer

Greg focuses on engineering, procurement and construction. Prior to Southern Current, Greg was a founding partner of Sustainable Energy Solutions, where he managed over 200 successful solar installations at Department of Defense, commercial, residential and non-profit facilities in SC, NC, TN, MS, MD and NY. Greg was directly responsible for the deployment of over a 1 MW of residential installations in the growing South Carolina market. Greg is a licensed South Carolina Contractor, holds his NABCEP SHI and has completed the OSHA 30 Construction Certification. He also holds a BA in Advertising from the University Of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism. Outside of work Greg enjoys spending time with his incredible wife Veronica, getting out on the water any way he can, listening to live music, and relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

Jon Downey - President
Jon Downey
President

Jon focuses on technology, finance and infrastructure. Prior to Southern Current, Jon spent more than 15 years in senior management positions for rapidly growing, technology-centric businesses. Included in this experience are terms as COO and CFO at Queensboro, Vice President of Operations at Red Ventures and Vice President of Merchandising at TSI. Each of these businesses grew more than 100% during Jon’s tenure. Jon holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Outside of work, Jon likes to hang out with his beautiful wife Tricia, chase his three great kids – Cordelia, Lachlan and Teague, think about going surfing (because he rarely has time to go any more), and play with his goofy great dane Bruiser.

David Brueck - Vice President, EPC
David Brueck
Vice President, EPC

David has over 12 years of experience in engineering, design, procurement, and construction coordination of electrical systems. David has designed and directed the construction of over 8 MW of Solar PV systems around the country from Puerto Rico to Maine to Hawaii for commercial clients and the U.S. Government. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. He is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer who is registered in the states of SC, NC, GA, WI, AZ, and HI. David is also a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified PV Installer.

Bret Sowers - Vice President, Development & Strategy
Bret Sowers
VP, Development & Strategy

Bret focuses on the strategic growth of the company’s development initiatives including policy and new markets. Prior to joining Southern Current, Bret served multiple construction and development related roles with NARENCO. Over his 8 years of experience in the commercial and utility-scale solar market, he has been responsible for more than 500+ MWs of mid, late-stage and commissioned assets across North and South Carolina. Bret currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Solar Business Alliance.

Greg Ness - General Counsel
Greg Ness
General Counsel

Greg advises the Southern Current team on legal matters. Prior to joining Southern Current, Greg spent eight years at FLS Energy, Inc., a leading solar energy development company focused on developing utility scale solar energy assets throughout the United States. Greg graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science. He also graduated with honors from Tulane University with a M.S. in Molecular Biology, as well as from Vermont Law School with a dual degree in Environmental Law and Environmental Science. Additionally, he co-founded a biomass firm based in Aachen, Germany and a residential solar company in Dakar, Senegal.

Our Sales Team

Chuck Grillo - Director of Residential Sales
Chuck Grillo
Director of Residential Sales
Michael Branch - Residential Sales
Michael Branch
Residential Sales
Andrew Dunn - Residential Sales
Andrew Dunn
Residential Sales
Sheri Porter - Residential Sales
Sheri Porter
Residential Sales
Doug Hayden - Commercial & Industrial Development
Doug Hayden
Commercial & Industrial Dev.

Our Development Team

Mike Braun - Director of Site Selection
Mike Braun
Director of Site Selection
Amanda Corll - Development Analyst
Amanda Corll
Development Analyst
Stephanie Foradory - Senior Project Manager
Stephanie Foradory
Senior Project Manager
Allyson Hoffman - Project Manager
Allyson Hoffman
Project Manager
Maggie Muller - Development Analyst
Maggie Muller
Development Analyst
Olesya Pavlenko - Assistant General Counsel
Olesya Pavlenko
Assistant General Counsel
Lesley Williams - Director of Land Acquisition
Lesley Williams
Director of Land Acquisition

Our EPC Team

John Wilson - Senior PV Designer
John Wilson
Senior PV Designer
Drew Augustine - Residential Project Manager
Drew Augustine
Residential Project Manager
Matt Bath - PV Designer
Matt Bath
PV Designer
Brad Deerhake - PV Foreman
Brad Deerhake
PV Foreman
Adam Eiserman - Project Manager
Adam Eiserman
Project Manager
Ian Floyd - Project Manager
Ian Floyd
Project Manager
Kevin Hilton - PV Foreman
Kevin Hilton
PV Foreman
Traenor Jones - Asssistant PV Designer
Traenor Jones
Asssistant PV Designer
Jeremy Joyner - PV Technician
Jeremy Joyner
PV Technician
Zach Phillips - Residential PV Foreman
Zach Phillips
Residential PV Foreman
Robbie Schwoerer - PV Foreman
Robbie Schwoerer
PV Foreman
Christian Thompson - Project Manager
Christian Thompson
Project Manager
Elliot Turner
Elliot Turner
PV Designer
Scott Wolfrey - Residential Project Designer & Manager
Scott Wolfrey
Residential Project Designer & Manager