OUR TEAM AT AEGIS RENEWABLE ENERGY
Aegis Renewable Energy employees are a diverse team of dedicated professionals with a solid track record of experience in the field of renewable energy. Our employees are known throughout the industry for their work ethic, efficiency, reliability, and teamwork, ensuring that Aegis projects are completed on time and on budget.
MEET THE TEAM
Nils Behn - Chief Executive Officer, President
A leader and innovator in the renewable energy field for over 17 years, Nils has continued to broaden his experience and knowledge in successful integration of renewable energy solutions. As a Senior Project Manager for nine years with Northern Power Systems, he gained extensive experience in commercial and military solar electric power system manufacturing and installation. In addition, his role included wind turbine manufacturing, engineering, permitting, and deployment of wind energy conversion systems. As the Director of the Alteris Renewables Wind Division, he contributed to the rapid growth and success of the Wind Division to become the leading Community Wind EPC in the Eastern USA. Following a merger of Alteris Renewables and RGS Energy, Nils successfully spearheaded a spinoff of the Wind Division, forming an independent corporation, Aegis Wind, LLC. The further success and growth of Aegis Wind to include solar energy solutions, has resulted in the company evolving into Aegis Renewable Energy, Inc.
Sonia Behn –Vice President
As the financial controller for Aegis Renewable Energy, Sonia is responsible for all accounting-related and finance activities for Aegis. She oversees all financial reporting, operating budgets, monitors variances, and budget deficiencies. Sonia started her career in renewable energy in 2011 when she became part of the Aegis Renewable Energy team. She works closely with the Aegis executives to ensure all departments are working efficiently and effectively. She understands the complexities of running a renewable energy business and can shift as effectively and quickly needed to obtain financial balance and strengthen the company’s financial health. Her capabilities to understand the multiple facets of the company and see the whole picture allows her to communicate and educate her team and assist with guiding the growth of Aegis. With her background in Environmental Science, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources. She is an advocate for environmental stewardship and supports renewable energy to combat climate change. For over 10 years she has been a female leader in the construction and renewable energy sectors and has worked to support and advocate for women in business in the construction and renewable energy fields. She served as a board member in 2018-2020 for Amicus Solar Cooperative, a solar cooperative with over 70 leading solar companies in the United States.
Tom Flynn - P.E., PMP, Chief Operating Officer
Tom has served as a program – project executive for more than 25 years, with success in developing, executing, and controlling new complex initiatives. His engineering and project management expertise includes successfully recovering large and distressed initiatives with integrated execution teams.
He has been highly successful in executing time-sensitive and complex project assignments and has developed execution strategies for projects in 30+ countries. Tom has served as a senior management consultant with extensive global experience in solution development, project management leadership, and implementation.
He has served as an engineering and project management adjunct professor for Boston University, Northeastern University, and the National Technological University. Tom has also trained and mentored hundreds of civilian and military program and project managers.
Bonnie Batchelder - Chief Financial Officer
Bonnie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with over 30 years of experience. She is the owner of Batchelder Associates, PC. Bonnie has extensive experience in fiscal management, auditing, financial planning, tax planning, DBE certification, job costing, bidding, and strengthening of internal controls for contract management and accounting procedures.
Eric Phaneuf - Vice President of Business Development
Eric is Aegis Renewable Energy’s Vice President of Business Development. Eric first worked in renewables as a Director of Business Development at Northern Power Systems where he focused on advanced energy technology licensing and development, wind farm development, and a microgrid test project in Washington Electric’s service territory. Eric began his business career as a corporate attorney at IDX Systems Corporation in Burlington, Vermont (later acquired by GE Healthcare). Eric moved on from IDX to work at three successive early-stage companies in the media, software, and alternative energy fields (Resort Sports Network, inntopia.com, Northern Power Systems). In each of his positions, Eric called on his legal training and experience to develop projects, solve problems and negotiate business and corporate development deals ranging from strategic partnerships to mergers and acquisitions. Eric utilizes the same skills in his work at Aegis Renewable Energy.
Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Middlebury College, and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He maintains a Vermont law license as well as a Vermont real estate broker's license.
Carl Dennis - Construction Supervisor
Carl has over 40 years of experience in the construction trades. Prior to joining the Aegis team, Carl worked as a commercial construction supervisor on projects in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. These projects included retail and office space, medical research, and institutional buildings. In addition to his commercial construction experience, Carl worked on both photovoltaic, and solar thermal renewable energy projects throughout the New England region. As Construction Supervisor, Carl is responsible for the day-to-day onsite construction activities and subcontractor coordination for Aegis commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic projects. In his free time, Carl enjoys getting his hands dirty in his backyard garden and spending time with his family.
Nick Morehouse - Senior Project Manager
Nick has over 30 years of diversified management experience in the commercial, industrial, distribution, manufacturing, and energy efficiency fields across the US. Nick’s most recent experience prior to joining Aegis was as an Account Manager for Efficiency Vermont where he spent the majority of his time working with the state’s largest electric power users assisting in identifying and executing successful energy efficiency projects. Prior to that he spent ten years as the manager of Facilities, EHS & Security for the US Thermotechnology division of Bosch and later for Burton Snowboards. During this time Nick helped to develop and execute many significant projects around the country including full campus gut and rehab of the Florida Heat Pump (FHP) manufacturing plant and offices in Florida after being acquired by Bosch, as well as projects in California, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Nick holds an MBA with a concentration in Project Management from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Over the years Nick has been a coach and mentor to several co-workers, friends, and young community members. Nick has often served in leadership roles within various professional and volunteer organizations including a number of years of service as the Secretary and President of the Warren Volunteer Fire Department.
Dylan Mathew - Engineering
Dylan holds a BA degree in renewable energy from SUNY Morrisville and has a degree in manufacturing technology from Suffolk Community College. His many skills and abilities include design of solar arrays and solar storage systems, and detailed site analysis using EAF mapper and USDA soil surveys. He has hands-on experience in residential construction and mechanical installation and holds certifications from NABCEP and OSHA. Dylan is also proficient in advanced CAD design and AutoDesk, Aurora, Helioscope, PV SYST, and PV Case software. Additionally, he has experience in electrical theory and analysis techniques for solar systems. In his role at Aegis, Dylan has worked directly on the design and analysis of over 10 megawatts of PV projects and has also provided invaluable technical troubleshooting assistance to our O&M team.
Chris Alger - Operation & Maintenance Service Manager
Chris is a 25-year customer service professional. He is a strong communicator and believes in prompt follow-through and teamwork. Chris' 10 years of service management experience has resulted in a track record of continual business and process improvement and strong leadership. His lifelong maintenance background drives his growing knowledge and excitement in the renewable energy field. Chris holds a BA in Business and is nearing completion of his MS in Organizational Leadership. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dan Sawchuk - Solar Service Technician
Dan joined the Aegis team in 2019 and has provided our customers with high-quality service for their solar arrays. He provides annual preventative maintenance services as well as ongoing daily services to provide each array with optimal production. He specializes in Data Acquisition System (DAS) technology and provides a wide range of troubleshooting and analysis services which provide our customers with current web-based platforms for viewing and analyzing their data, including daily, monthly, and annual production as well as provide annual production and preventive maintenance reporting. Dan has worked with multiple solar energy companies throughout the years, both in photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal. He has assisted in the construction of solar sites throughout New England and the Tri-State area. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Vermont (UVM) with a major in Natural Resource and a double minor in Forestry and Parks, Recreation & Tourism. He currently lives in Burlington with his fiancée, dog, and two cats. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golfing, and traveling.
Aaron Lavallee - Inside Sales Manager
Aaron joined the Aegis team in 2021. As the Inside Sales Manager, Aaron works to provide education and excellent customer service while building relationships with current and prospective clients. Aaron has a great desire to create local and community wide renewable energy projects that will provide clean energy at a competitive cost and lower environmental footprint. His passion for a sustainable environment and greener future stems from a lifelong love of the outdoors. Prior to working for Aegis Renewable Energy, Aaron worked in the outdoor industry as a Customer Service Manager. His early years of employment found him engaged in environmental testing and hazardous waste remediation. Aaron holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. When not out scoping sites for Solar Projects or reading environmental impact statements (for fun!), he can be found skiing the backcountry of Vermont and spending time with his family in Waterbury, Vermont.
OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS
Jito Coleman - Board of Advisor and Principle, Green Toolbox
Jito brings many years of renewable energy expertise and business leadership to the Aegis board. Formerly, President and Chief Engineer at Northern Power Systems in Waitsfield, VT for over 28 years, he has been at the forefront of renewable energy for over three decades. Jito is currently the Owner and Principal of Green Toolbox Consulting, providing services to support a wide variety of clients with a desire to explore or expand their involvement in renewable energy.
Don Walters - Board of Advisor and Experienced Solar Executive
Don is an experienced executive with a comprehensive knowledge of all facets of the power sector. His results-oriented leadership style and his hands-on approach have been successful with companies executing new strategies or growing their existing business. His experience at companies such as Constellation A, Calpine, Kelson, and Nexamp included positions in business development, financing, EPC, O&M, and asset management. Don is currently the founder of OPES21, a company focused on providing solutions to the power industry for the 21st century with an emphasis on renewable energy.
Seth Henry - Board of Advisor and Executive Chairman of smartShift Technology
Seth is the CEO of Algorex Health Technologies, and an investor in and advisor to several growth technology companies. Seth’s experience as an executive and/or founder includes several high growth and innovative technology businesses including Arcadia.io, smartShift Technologies and C-bridge internet. His focus as an executive is creating differentiated offerings that result in satisfied, repeat customers.