Managing Director, Development
As Amber Kinetics' Managing Director of Business Development, Mr. Barnes is responsible for origination of project development agreements and equipment sales to credit worthy off-takers domestically and worldwide. Mr. Barnes was the co-founder and former CEO of Cleantech America. As CEO, he negotiated its power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric and recruited the team which sited, permitted, obtained CAISO interconnection, financed and constructed the first utility-scale PV solar facility to connect to the grid at transmission level. He developed a pipeline for an additional 380 MW of PV solar with Pacific Gas & Electric and other energy entities before Cleantech was sold to Meridian Energy. He has 30+ years of experience developing, siting, permitting, and negotiating contracts for energy companies in Western U.S. Clients have included Kennetech Corporation, GWF Power Systems, the Southern Company, Imperial Irrigation District, and Souther Electric International, among others. He has participated in policy making on behalf of his clients at California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and numerous city and local government entities.