New Hampshire Solar Garden founder Andrew Kellar has joined Luminia, bringing along extensive community solar expertise and a proven track record of Northeast solar development. The acquisition follows Luminia’s long-standing partnership with the developer and builds on the company’s growing community solar portfolio.
“New Hampshire Solar Garden has been an incredible partner and influential leader in establishing successful community solar projects across the Northeast,” said David Field, CEO and Co-Founder of Luminia.
“As we continue to scale our community solar business, we are thrilled to welcome Andrew to our team to lead our internal origination strategy – directly and in partnership with co-development partners and strategic off-takers in key markets.”
New Hampshire Solar Garden actively serves Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The company was the first to offer Community Solar offtake solutions in New Hampshire at a large scale, impacting many different communities.
Kellar was instrumental in convincing municipalities to serve as offtake backstops for community solar assets, spearheading financing and fostering innovation in the region. In addition to New Hampshire Solar Garden’s Northeast pipeline, Kellar is also bringing over 140 MWs of development projects in Puerto Rico. He looks forward to leveraging Luminia’s core competencies for expanding community solar portfolios across the U.S.
“Having been part of the Northeast community solar development since its inception more than a decade ago, I am excited to share my perspective and build credibility with Luminia’s developer partners,” said Andrew Kellar, Vice President, Development for Luminia.
“Having been on the developer side, I know first-hand how Luminia allowed me to spend the majority of my day doing what I love, with the platform and people-support to tackle the financial and legal aspects of deals that occupied so much of my former capacity.”
Community solar is a growing market segment within the solar industry, with support from federal policies including the Biden Administration and the Department of Energy’s community solar pilot programs and the Inflation Reduction Act’s ten-year, 30 percent ITC extension. Luminia’s acquisition of New Hampshire Solar Garden will help support this growing demand for new community solar projects by providing unique financing and technology solutions for the deployment of community solar projects at scale.