John Robison

Clean Energy Origination and Development

  • Location:
  • Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Profile Created:
  • 4 months ago

Professional Description

Experienced in Operating and Finance Roles:
• Operating: Sales – Business Development – Corporate Development – Capital Raising
• Finance: Venture Capital, Investment Banking, M&A
• MIT Certification Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application

Sector Experience:
• Cleantech / Sustainable Development
• AgTech
• Internet (Early-Stage to Large Public Co): E-Commerce, Online Media, Local Search,
• Finance: Venture Capital, Investment Banking, M&A
• Government: U.S. EPA, Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention



  • JHRSC, LLC 2013 - Present


    2018–Present - Project Development • Source, due diligence, develop and negotiate clean energy projects • In first 4 months working with TerraNavigator (client) signed Term Sheet for 75MW Project in CA 2013-2015 • NRG – Residential solar o Conducted competitive analysis and capital budgeting for ramping residential business • Enovo Energy – 3rd party finance for energy efficiency projects o Evaluated market demand of potential partners • Sustainable Water Solutions – Systems for more efficient water and energy use o Evaluated market demand in food processing and industrial garment sector • Sungevity – Residential solar finance o Developed plan, timeline and target list of corporate partnerships that led to relationship with leading national home services marketplace

  • Brightmark Energy 2016 - 2018

    Origination and Development

  • SunEdison 2014 - 2015

    Director Business Development

    • Led acquisition of SPG Solar • Led acquisition of RGS Commercial • Pivoted from M&A negotiations to more capital efficient channel partnership model with leading Solar EPC • Coordinated across Company – finance, legal, operations, services, HR, IT – to ensure deals were integrated optimally • Catalyzed Global Sales efforts to ensure Fortune 500 customers received optimal renewable energy solutions spanning distributed generation (DG) and Utility scale offerings

  • Sungevity 2013 - 2013

    Business Development

    Residential solar energy services • Developed plan, target list and timeline for securing corporate partnerships • Conducted outreach campaign which included cold calling, qualifying and pitching decision makers across multiple sectors • Initiated relationship with leading player in online home services sector

  • NGEN Partners 2007 - 2012


    Cleantech Venture Capital Firm Investments • Sourced MokaFive investment - Energy efficient distributed desktop virtualization software provider • Spearheaded Green IT diligence resulting in investment in Nlyte, a leading data center optimization software provider • Led due diligence and valuation analysis on investments in ENX Suite (Energy and Carbon Management Software), FlipSwap (Electronics Recycling), Hycrete (Green Building; Follow-on), Powerspan (Carbon Capture; Follow-on) and Venture Vehicles (Hybrid Electric Vehicles) • Evaluated over 1,000 deals in cleantech space including Energy Efficiency, Smart Buildings, Green IT, Small Wind and Hydrokinetic Power • Voting member of Investment Committee Portfolio Company Management • Board of Directors: ENX Suite (acquired by Infor) • Observer: MokaFive, Nlyte, Flipswap (former) • Key team member in exploring incubation of concentrating solar technology Fund Raising • Led the crafting of NGEN’s Fund III Private Placement Memorandum used to raise a $250 million fund


Venture Capital
Business Development