Southern Current's team includes NABCEP-certified solar energy professional and installers. We're a leading developer in the residential, commercial and large scale markets, with hundreds of systems currently providing power to customers across the Southeastern United Sates. Our integrated platform includes Project Development, Engineering, Construction, Maintenance, Finance, and Asset Management.

Our Mission

To help create a more reliable, economical and sustainable energy future for the United States.

Meet Our Team Of Solar Professionals

Our Executive Team

Kent Trowbridge
Chief Commercial Officer

Kent focuses on large 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 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 large 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 & Chief Executive Officer

Jon began his tenure with Southern Current by orchestrating the 2016 merger between Sustainable Energy Solutions and Solbridge Energy which formed the company.  Since then, in his roles as CFO, President and as of 2018, CEO, Jon has managed the rapid growth of all sectors of the Company’s business.

Prior to Southern Current, Jon spent more than 20 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.

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 oversees the company’s state and federal policy and regulatory engagement.

Prior to Southern Current, Bret spent over six years developing and constructing commercial and large-scale solar energy plants holding titles as Project Manager and Senior Business Developer.

Over the course of many years Bret has engaged in economic development and business transactions across the Southeastern U.S. helping facilitate hundreds of millions of new capital investment in solar energy plants in addition to helping attract new companies to locate or invest in various markets.

As a leader in the advanced energy industry, Bret serves on the board of various non-profit industry organizations holding titles of Chairman and Treasurer.  He is a frequent speaker and panelists at industry events across the country where he promotes common-sense energy reforms and increased involvement from the private sector in new energy infrastructure.

Across the country Bret is integrally involved in helping shape new energy policies within state legislatures, utilities commissions, and other state agencies that would result in better service and lower costs for ratepayers.

At the federal level Bret frequently visits with Congressional offices, DOE, USTR, DOC, and other federal agencies on matters pertaining tax and trade in addition to general developments in energy technology and market dynamics.

Bret holds a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University in Construction Management.

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.

Jason Epstein VP of DG Business Development

Jason  focuses  on  all  forms  of Distributed Generation  (DG) Business Development, ranging from residential rooftop  systems to commercial, industrial and municipal installations.  For the  prior  8  years  before joining Southern Current,  Jason was General  Manager and  Executive  Vice  President  of Baker Renewable Energy.  During his tenure, Baker Renewable installed over 40 MWs of  DG projects  and another 80 MW of utility scale solar projects across  the Carolinas. His portfolio of successful projects includes the  design and installation of  the Boeing 2.6 MW rooftop  system at Charleston International Airport. Jason holds a  Bachelor of Science from the University of Albany.

Anne Sanders
VP of Corporate Finance

Anne is responsible for financial systems, financial reporting, treasury, tax compliance and supervision of the accounting, payroll and human resources departments. Anne has been working in the accounting industry in both the public and private sectors for over twenty years. She started her career in public accounting and has serviced clients in various industries including automotive, professional services, retail, construction, non-profits and employee benefit plans. Anne has over ten years of experience as a financial controller, three of which are in the renewable
energy sector. Anne is a certified public accountant licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina. Anne is also a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and SCACPA (South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants). Anne graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Ed Royall
VP of Project Finance

Ed supports the Southern Current development team on financial, accounting and taxation issues. Prior to joining Southern Current, Ed spent 10 years with a regional accounting firm working with real estate developers in the resort development, multi-family, commercial and timeshare spaces, in addition to several other industries including energy, investment companies, manufacturing and distribution, hospitality, government and not-for-profit. Ed is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the South Carolina Association of CPA’s. Ed serves as President of the Ben Burris Memorial Foundation and Operation Home and as Treasurer of the Porter-Gaud Alumni Association. Ed is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and The First Tee of Greater Charleston and is a graduate of Leadership Charleston, Class of 2016. Ed graduated with a degree in Marketing from the College of Charleston in 2006 and enjoys being on the water or the golf course.

Our Residential Team

Andrew Dunn
Director of Sales DG
Michael Branch
Residential Sales
Doug Hayden
Commercial & Industrial Dev.
Justin Parrish
Residential Sales
Jeremy Pitts
Residential Sales
Bobby Jones
Residential Sales
Nick Safay
Residential Sales
Eric Toepperwein
DG Project Manager
Rachel Mishler
Residential Project Assistant

Our Development Team

Mike Braun
Director of Land Development
Lesley Williams - Director of Land Acquisition
Lesley Williams
Director of Land Acquisition
Stephanie Foradory
Director of Project Management
Allyson Hoffman
Project Manager
Maggie Muller
Landowner Relations
Amanda Corll
Development Analyst
Ashlynn Anderson Development Analyst
Matthew Palumbo Development Analyst
Lauren Giacobbe
Project Manager
Shannon Blair
Assistant Project Manager
Ben Roberts
Assistant Project Manager
Erika Hoffman
Land Acquisition Associate

Our Legal, Accounting, & Policy Team

Steffanie Dohn
Director of Government Relations
Hamilton Davis
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Olesya Pavlenko
Assistant General Counsel
Molly Redel
Staff Accountant

Our EPC Team

Scott Wolfrey
Director of Residential EPC
Jack Brandon
Director of Engineering
Ian Floyd - Project Manager
Ian Floyd
Director of Commercial Construction
Christian Thompson - Project Manager
Christian Thompson
Senior EPC Project Manager
John Wilson
Senior PV Designer
Matt Bath
PV Designer
Sean Taylor
PV Designer
Brad Deerhake - PV Foreman
Brad Deerhake
PV Foreman
Elliot Turner
Elliot Turner
PV Designer
Sarah Elgradawy
Project Manager
Kevin Hilton - PV Foreman
Kevin Hilton
PV Foreman
Traenor Jones - Asssistant PV Designer
Treanor Jones
Project Manager