John has 25 years energy & microgrid industry experience in the Pacific, in isolated, and in high-risk regions. John is skilled in strategic planning, transformative business models, international business & logistics, entrepreneurship, and utility project development and financing. John was mentored by Utu Abe Malae who was Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, working to combat critical environmental challenges in American Samoa and greater Polynesia.
John is a graduate of the coveted and demanding Naval Nuclear Engineering Program and US Navy Dive School, as well as a Certified NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional. However, some of his greatest accomplishments are forging strong relationships with industry leaders such as Canadian Solar, Recurrent Energy, Samsung SDI/SunGrow, SunPower, Engie, and Johnson Controls, as well as developing and completing high-profile projects for the US Department of Interior, US EPA, and the American Samoa Power Authority (ASPA). His micro-grid designs and approaches have been previously selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the best proposal and solution for resiliency for some of the most complex, remote, and isolated microgrids in the United States and its territories.
“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” – Albert Einstein