GIZOS Energy is a Maine-based renewable energy developer of utility-scale solar plants, founded in 2017 by seasoned professionals. GIZOS focuses on developing mid-to large-sized projects, working closely with its European-based investment group and EPC partner.
The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is accelerating. Faced with the challenges of achieving energy independence and combating climate change, states are setting aggressive targets encouraging renewable energy generation. With smaller, decentralized distributed generation resources, more communities can participate in the renewable economy, growing the local tax base and providing local jobs.
The traditional approach to power generation favored large, centralized plants which requires significant and costly transmission maintenance and upgrades. As a result, demand is growing for additional distributed generation which will provide sustainably generated power, fed through existing transmission infrastructure.
GIZOS Energy develops solar power plants that target this niche. At this distributed scale, GIZOS Energy takes advantage of simpler interconnection and permitting processes, and develops sites where environmental impacts are minimized.
GIZOS Energy identifies attractive markets throughout the US based on demand, market competition and favorable RPS program. Once a site is selected, GIZOS Energy works closely with all stakeholders, including community leaders, permitting authorities, government officials, off-takers and transmission owners, very early in its development process. This approach both reduces late development failures and allows GIZOS Energy to consider stakeholder preferences throughout the development process.
GIZOS Energy, LLC
Bob Patton, Managing Partner
Bob is an energy expert with significant experience in the development, operations and management of conventional and renewable energy technologies. His energy consulting practice includes a variety of engagements, from identifying and acquiring greenfield sites for small natural gas plants in eastern Pennsylvania, to contributing to technical and financial due diligence efforts on wind projects in China, Curacao, Brazil, and Wyoming, to managing FERC-required real estate acquisitions for wetlands mitigation.As Director of Business Development-East, with Waltham, Mass-based Flodesign Wind Turbine, Bob led East Coast development for a new class of wind turbine. Bob researched the East Coast power markets, screened 80+ sites in 7 states and originated projects in 3.
At First Wind, Bob was involved with leading or supporting the development of eight wind farms, six of which are now operational. Prior to working in wind energy, Bob had a key role as the site business manager at FPL Energy, responsible for managing all cost-based business aspects of an 1,100 MW Maine generating fleet consisting of both fossil and hydro power generation assets.
Bob and his family live in Maine, and he spends his spare moments sailing in Casco Bay.
Annette is a native of Germany but calls Maine and the United States her home, after living in Japan, New Jersey and Florida. Since moving to Maine in 2006, Annette has been supporting US and international companies as a business development consultant. Her other area of expertise is working with economic development entities to attract foreign direct investment. From 2010 to 2013, Annette served as Managing Director, Invest in Maine and promoted Maine as an investment location to investors and companies around the world. Annette has been involved in renewable energy since 2009, working on projects for public and private companies as well as organizations such as the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative, the Maine Composites Alliance and the Maine International Trade Center. Prior to moving to Maine, Annette held various executive positions for US and UK companies in the US and Japan. Annette holds an MA Honors Degree from Bonn University, Germany in Japanese Studies and Public & International Law. In addition to her native language German she is fluent in English and Japanese and has basic knowledge of French and Chinese. She holds dual citizenship of the United States and Germany.
Annette lives in Bremen, Maine and enjoys gardening and kayaking.
Laurenz Schmidt is a native of Germany, but has been living in Maine longer than in Germany. Through the last decade he worked on solutions for low cost, scalable technology to harvest solar energy for power generation, water heating, absorption cooling, water purification and water desalination. Laurenz has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and many years of global international business experience. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer at Fairchild Semiconductor until his retirement from Fairchild in November 2008. Prior to that, he served for 6 years as Executive Vice President of Global Operations at Fairchild Semiconductor. In his earlier role as Managing Director of the South Portland, Maine plant he was leading the successful effort to attract a substantial expansion of the plant to Maine, today known as the Texas Instruments plant in South Portland. This 1 Billion $ investment has continuously provided more than 600 high paying jobs in Maine. Prior to joining Fairchild in 1983, he worked for six years in Engineering for Texas Instruments in Germany, France and Texas. Before joining Texas Instruments he worked for four years in research for the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science in Germany. Laurenz served on the Board of Directors of the Maine International Trade Center and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Southern Maine. Laurenz holds an engineering degree (FH) from the University of Mannheim, Germany in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. He holds dual citizenship of the United States and Germany. In his spare time, he enjoys his 5 grandchildren and skiing in the winters.