Nexight Group is happy to welcome John Izevbigie to the team as our new Energy Associate. He graduated with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has a Masters in Clean Energy Engineering. We sat down with John to ask him a few questions about himself, his views, and his new role at Nexight.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have over four years of experience in energy management and commercial solar deployment. Prior to joining Nexight, I provided project management services for D.C.’s Department of General Services on approximately 13 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems aggregated across 50 project sites. This project increased the District’s PV generation capacity by 70 percent and was Renewable Energy World’s 2017 finalist for Best Renewable Project of the Year.
I obtained a Masters in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia. The program challenged students about topics related to energy conservation, linkages between energy and the environment, and social impact of energy policy. During grad school, I spent a year as an Energy Management Analyst in an industrial process manufacturing firm. The role involved developing proposals for potential energy and steam saving projects, analyzing existing operating parameters with respect to energy use, and producing electricity consumption models for production and power generation sectors of the facility.
My weeknight and weekend activities typically involve watching my beloved Manchester United, listening to the latest Planet Money podcast, trying (and failing) to convince myself to go to the gym, and overspending on food and drinks.
Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
I was looking for an opportunity to work on and solve macro-level energy related issues. Nexight allows me the opportunity to dive into the broad issues facing today’s energy systems such as cybersecurity, grid modernization, and distributed energy resources integration. Furthermore, Nexight’s expertise extends beyond energy and into public health, infrastructure security and resilience, cyber security, and materials and manufacturing innovation. I could not pass up the opportunity to work with and learn from passionate subject matter experts in the aforementioned sectors.
In your prior position, you planned and led solar energy deployments across Washington, D.C. What skills did you learn from this role, and how does it contribute to your knowledge on energy delivery systems and Nexight’s work?
As a project manager, I scoped and managed PV deployments on government municipal properties as part of the D.C. Department of General Services SmartRoof Energy Management Program. I coordinated design and construction activities with onsite staff, engineers, subcontractors, and other relevant parties.
Prior to grad school, my somewhat limited knowledge of energy grid systems engendered full support for large-scale integration of DERs into the grid with little regard for existing infrastructure. This line of thought was slightly misguided, as California’s duck curve, Hawaii’s oversupply of solar, and Germany’s continued reliance on coal denote the importance of strategic DER integration. My subsequent roles with Lightbox and Canfor provided a base level understanding of the energy grid and how commercial and industrial customers not only consume energy-intensive resources, but impact grid resiliency, peak demand, spot market, and utility capital projects.
From a less technical lens, my project managerial role in the District involved direct stakeholder and client engagement, which ran the gamut from leading weekly client touchpoints to facilitating solar kickoff meetings with onsite staff to coordinating subcontractor site activities. My technical background, knowledge of the power sector, and high-level engagement with prior clients will allow me to rapidly build an understanding of specialized, highly technical information in energy systems technology, policy, standards, and strategy, and disseminate solutions to the complex problems that face current and potential Nexight clients.
What are you most looking forward to about your new role?
Working with extremely knowledgeable team members to creatively solve complex problems.