WHO WE ARE

Korsail Energy develops innovative, community-oriented renewable energy projects from start to finish. Our mission is to provide inexpensive, carbon-free energy to rural communities across the country.

KORSAIL DIFFERENCE

Our Values & Approach

Community Focused

We listen to your need and will work with you to ensure you’re getting the highest and best use for all of your property, even the land we don’t use

Land Leases

Your land and revenue stays in your family when you engage with Korsail in a long term, fixed price land lease.

Land Sales

Keep the land you want and use the rest to help power your community. Korsail purchases land at generous market rates so you can sell confidently.

OUR TEAM

Meet the people at Korsail

PRINCIPAL

Don Buchholz

Don leads development efforts for Korsail Energy. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development and management of renewable energy projects including market analysis, site identification, community and landowner outreach, property leases, feasibility studies, and state and local permitting.

He brings years of solar and commercial real estate development experience to the team with previous project development roles at Silicon Ranch and Hexagon Energy. Don holds a B.S. in Engineering Science and an M.E. in Civil Engineering, both from Vanderbilt University.

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Wes Purinton

Wes provides support in all phases of utility-scale greenfield solar developments. His responsibilities range from land search, site selection, due diligence, negotiation, navigating the permitting process, coordinating with contractors and consultants, managing budgets, scheduling, and overseeing construction. Taking the project from inception to COD.

He brings four years of experience in real estate development and commercial brokerage to the team. Wes holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Justin Higgins

Justin brings value to the Korsail team by providing support during the real estate-related stages of developing new solar projects. His role involves a variety of duties, including site selection and land procurement, conducting due diligence, negotiating purchase and lease agreements with property owners, ensuring project compliance with permitting and zoning requirements, and assisting the team with project off-take.

Justin attained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder and has three years of experience working in multifamily and industrial real estate brokerage.

DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Isaiah Grayck

Isaiah provides support to the Korsail team in community solar development by conducting land search, performing due diligence, ensuring project compliance with permitting and zoning requirements and project management through the permitting stage.

Isaiah earned a B.S. in Sustainable Development from MSU Denver and is a PMP-certified project manager.  With four years of experience in the renewable energy sector, Isaiah’s background includes the development of greenfield solar projects, project management, and commercial rooftop solar installation and site supervision.

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Jean'Paul Bernard

Jean’ Paul supports the Korsail team by providing value during the real estate-related stages of developing new solar projects including site selection, land procurement, conducting due diligence, negotiating purchase and lease agreements, ensuring project compliance with permitting and zoning requirements, and assisting the team with project take-off. Jean’ Paul contributes communication, leadership, and drive toward team efforts and business improvements with his strong decision-making talents and collective brainstorming skills.

He brings two years of experience in Land Management to the Korsail team. Jean’ Paul has attained a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

BUSINESS OPERATIONS ANALYST

Daniel Rivera-Ibarra

Daniel provides value in the early phases of utility-scale solar development. He assists with a variety of responsibilities such as site selection, land search, performing due diligence, negotiating lease & purchase agreements, managing operations, and navigating project compliance for permitting & interconnection approval. 

He brings four years of renewable energy data analysis experience to the team and holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado Denver. 

DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Mason Templet

Mason aids the Korsail team by providing value to the development efforts. His role involves developing new solar projects including site selection, conducting due diligence, negotiating purchase and lease agreements, project compliance with permitting and zoning requirements, and project take-off. Mason’s area of expertise is communication, decision-making, and a competitive drive to aid team efforts in business improvements. 

Mason is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Finance. He brings a year of experience in Land Management and five years of experience in financial services. 

 
DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Alison Dilworth

Alison adds value to the Korsail team by providing industry knowledge and experience. Alison supports the team with early stage development through land search, assisting & coordinating with the land team on a daily basis & aiding in our overall business development.

Alison has a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has over three year of experience in the solar industry specializing in contracts and project management.

DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Chris Manus

Chris provides support to the Korsail team through land procurement efforts, purchase and lease agreement negotiations, property owner communication, and project development analysis. 

In addition to more than a decade of operations, leadership, and project management experience, Chris holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy from Indiana University, as well as an MBA from Ball State University. 

He is also a PMP-certified project manager and a proud military Veteran, having served six years in the United States Army as an infantryman, where he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Shelbie Hand

Shelbie holds a B.S. in Business Management from Capella University and brings over four years of experience in the renewable energy sector. With a decade of leadership experience, she has successfully developed greenfield wind projects, managed public affairs, spearheaded marketing efforts, and contributed to 300+ MW projects.

Shelbie also had hands-on involvement in the construction phase of a Michigan wind project, showcasing her diverse skill set and commitment to the industry’s advancement. 

DEVELOPMENT ANALYST

Rocky Ross

Rocky provides support to the Korsail team through land procurement efforts, purchase and lease agreement negotiations, property owner communications, and project development analysis.

Rocky has more than a decade of Oil and Gas experience within leasing, pipeline acquisitions, lease modifications, curative, title, damages, compressor site and valve / trap site negotiations. He also has three years in Automotive Sales experience at Franchise Dealership and is heavily involved in the brewery industry at several different capacities.

Rocky holds a Bachelors Degree in Art, with an emphasis in Business from West Virginia University. He also has an Associates Degree in Applied Science and Individualized Studies in Leadership from Washington State Community College.

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Jonathan Tardif

Jonathan provides support for community solar development projects. His role involves a variety of duties, including conducting due diligence, coordinating with contractors and consultants, and managing permitting application and review on projects across the county. Jonathan’s area of expertise is in permit preparation and review and working with local jurisdictions throughout the permitting process.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Public Administration with a Minor in Urban Planning. Jonathan brings over five years’ worth of experience in project management and development review in local government. His experience includes both commercial and residential development review in urban and rural settings, as well as public hearing presentations and community engagement.

DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Rohan Patil

Rohan aids the Korsail team by overseeing the technical aspects of our solar and storage projects. He supports the development of greenfield solar and storage projects from initial feasibility studies, through preliminary design and interconnections, and on to commercial operation. 

Rohan holds a MSE in Energy Engineering with a specialization in Solar Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His professional background encompasses expertise in Interconnection Applications, Electrical Engineering, and Power Plant Maintenance.

DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

Callum McCance

Callum brings a wealth of expertise to our engineering team, focusing on creating preliminary layouts and single line diagrams for interconnection applications. He also liaises with utilities to determine their project requirements for future endeavors.

With a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Callum started his career in solar, spending four and a half years in residential solar design and operations & maintenance. He also gained experience in performance engineering in the utility-scale sector before joining the team here at Korsail Energy.

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Matt Harahush

Matt supports the Korsail team by providing bookkeeping support. His duties include financial recordkeeping and reporting for all Korsail projects.

Matt holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University and brings 10 years of accounting and finance experience to the team.

OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR

Liz Cohan

Liz supports our daily success by ensuring smooth office operations & marketing strategies for Korsail. Her role involves a variety of responsibilities including social media outreach, coordinating the services & duties of various personnel within or outside of the organization, managing our inbound calls, calendars & bookkeeping.

Liz holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Michigan University. She has four years of experience as an administrator and over eight years of experience in the financial industry.

ADMINISTRATOR

Ruby Rosas

Ruby supports the team for all things administrative to ensure that the team has what they need on a day to day basis. Some of the responsibilities include client outreach, research for potential clients and managing inbound and outbound calls.

Ruby holds a BFA in Fashion Merchandising from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she honed in on her professional clientele experience. With over 10 years of customer service and 5 years of administrative experience, Ruby is a natural people-person.

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