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Chief Executive Officer
“The ethical and practical don’t have to be at odds. Our goal is to build the best relationships that we can and develop projects smartly and better than our competitors.”
CEO Chris Swartley leads Progression Energy’s commitment to developing renewable energy in a way that respects cultures, protects the environment and delivers economic benefit for communities around the globe.
Chris believes in putting relationships first. His philosophy is that building trust and understanding before embarking on a project ensures a more successful outcome.
Chris has nearly 20 years of experience developing renewable energy projects, including wind and solar PV. From financing, siting, land acquisition, permitting and partnerships to government grants, environmental impact statements (EIS), power purchase agreements (PPA) and the management of world-class development teams, Chris’ expertise is both broad and deep. He is an innovative and visionary thinker who always seeks the win-win outcome and the establishment of strong relationships amid complex circumstances and diverse stakeholders.
Prior to founding Progression Energy, Chris led large-scale renewable energy strategies in the U.S. and other countries. He was part of the executive team at First Wind, which grew from a $5 million company to a $2.4 billion company — and from a staff of five to more than two hundred employees — in just five years. First Wind became the most successful renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) in Hawai‘i. During Chris’ tenure, he oversaw more than 900MWs of projects including the 125MW $250 million Cohocton (New York) Wind Power Project, which at the time was the second largest wind power plant on the East Coast. As part of the executive team at Apex Clean Energy, Chris initiated and grew the company’s New England, New York and Hawaii markets, including the development of a 400MW first-of-its-kind project in Hawaii.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chris now resides in Maine with his family. Chris is personally passionate about protecting the planet as a lifelong sailor and nature enthusiast. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Rochester, and also studied at Georgetown University’s School for Foreign Service.
Chief Development Officer
“I live my values at work every day by developing renewable energy. Our team at Progression Energy thinks holistically about sustainability and our community-based approach and respect for local cultures allows us to successfully integrate renewable energy solutions across multiple international markets.”
Chief Development Officer Josh Franklin’s passion for renewable energy is rooted in his experiences growing up. Originally from Jamaica, Josh saw how his home country was affected by the high cost of fossil-based power generation and the financial burden of oil-based energy for businesses and families. Josh envisions a future where island nations like Jamaica around the world are able to harness abundant natural resources and achieve sustainability, economic stability and a better quality of life for all.
Prior to joining Progression Energy, Josh was part of the team that achieved the state mandated renewable energy standard one year ahead of schedule for Detroit-headquartered DTE Energy, a diversified energy company with more than 10,000 employees. Josh was key to development of some of the company’s largest renewable energy projects and was involved in raising more than $2 billion in capital. During his time with DTE, he also worked in corporate controllership, regulatory compliance, investor relations and project management. After DTE, Josh worked on the development of onshore wind in the western half of the U.S., Mexico and the Carribean.
Josh has an undergraduate degree in Decision Sciences and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.
Josh is an avid athlete and can regularly be found playing soccer. He also loves reading, traveling, hiking, and bird watching. Through his love for the outdoors, Josh sees firsthand the impact of fossil fuels on the environment and the potential for large-scale renewable energy to change the future of our planet.
Vice President, Development
“What is important is finding a pathway to join the community in creating its future. For me, it comes down to how we all work together to make the world a better place.”
Vice President of Development Noe Kalipi grew up in Hawai‘i, where culture and community values are rooted in respect for the natural environment and a commitment to doing what is pono or righteous. Noe specializes in strategic planning and implementation and is a big-picture thinker who envisions the impact of a project as far as seven generations into the future.
Prior to joining Progression Energy, Noe was a senior staffer for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka. As the Director for Government and Community Relations for First Wind, Noe led development strategy for utility-scale wind projects on the islands of Maui and O‘ahu. She served as the President of TiLeaf Group, a native advocacy firm that helped Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Indian Tribal communities with economic development. She also served as the Executive Director at Kohala Institute, where she managed a team focused on fostering place-based learning experiences and innovative social enterprises within 2,400 acres, including an intact ahupua‘a, on Hawai‘i Island.
Noe is active in the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum and Omidyar Fellows program, where she receives quarterly training on skills and tools related to facilitation, community engagement, and collective impact efforts. She is also active with the First Nations Fellows Program and its efforts to support the Hawaii CHANGE initiative, and Hawai‘i Investment Ready Hawai‘i Capital Scan. She also works with Arizona State University to support its Hawai‘i partnerships.
Noe served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a Juris Doctor from the National Law Center at George Washington University. She lives in Hilo, HI with her husband and their two daughters. During her free time, she coaches fast-pitch softball and volunteers for various nonprofit organizations.
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