The Birch Team

Decades of experience in site selection, finance, renewable energy & connectivity.

Jim Howell

Chief Executive Officer

A seasoned finance and development professional, Jim has an extensive background in solar development and has been on the forefront of PPA structuring and project development since the beginning of the utility scale solar industry. His unique and innovative development strategies were credited with standardizing best practices that drove down PPA prices in the Western US while maintaining above average project yields. Jim was previously Chief Development Officer at sPower where he developed and signed over 2.5 GW of greenfield PPAs and raised over $4.8 billion in institutional capital. Prior to sPower, Jim was Co-Founder of Silverado Power, a pioneer in utility scale solar development, where he signed 400 MW+ of PPAs from 2010-2013 and sold the company to Fir Tree Partners and subsequently merged with sPower in 2013. Jim began his career in renewables at Recurrent Energy, where he led the company’s Nevada development operations, including all facets of project development, including real estate acquisition, interconnection and PPA negotiations. Jim began his career originating structured short-term fixed-income products for the Debt Capital Markets group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role his work included contributions to various landmark public-private instruments developed to stabilize collapsing debt markets, new policy on short-term fund management, and origination of complex warehousing facilities for financial companies.