The management team of Energy Support Services is composed of industry experts experienced in the details of Operations and Maintenance (O&M), and Asset Management for Commercial, Industrial, and small-utility scale solar systems. Our leaders help clients, from the largest and most sophisticated independent power producers to smaller boutique solar investors, protect their investment and achieve their projected financial returns. The ESS team approaches every project with their guiding principles of safety, integrity, and quality. We take pride in building lasting relationships with utilities, equipment manufacturers, site owners and their neighbors, authorities having jurisdiction, and developers to achieve the common goal, operating and maintaining the solar power plant as expected.
Co-Founder and President/CEO of New Energy Equity
Matt Hankey is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of New Energy Equity, LLC. Under Matt’s leadership, New Energy Equity has installed more than 250 renewable energy installations in 13 different states, totaling more than $500,000,000 in total transactional value and was ranked by Solar Power World in 2019 as the 36th largest solar company in the United States and has been ranked as one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Companies in both 2019 and 2020. Before he co-founded New Energy Equity, Matt held senior management positions with two Mid-Atlantic renewable energy companies where he was responsible for the management of the development and implementation of renewable energy projects within each company’s footprint. Prior to entering the renewable energy industry in 2010, Matt worked in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance with M&T Investment Banking Group in Baltimore, MD where he assisted in the execution of multiple corporate finance transactions totaling over $430 million in enterprise value. He received his B.S. in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, from Ohio State University.
Director of Operations
Conrad Gross joined Energy Support Services at the beginning of 2019 and currently manages both the Energy Support team’s day-to-day operations and our partner relationships. Conrad has been working in the solar O&M industry for the past 10 years. His professional experience began at Standard Solar where, as O&M coordinator, he handled monitoring, dispatch, reporting, billing, and customer management for the Vigilant Energy Management services team. After helping to establish Vigilant as a profitable venture, he joined WGL Energy Systems as Commercial Project Asset Manager. At WGL, Conrad was a sole asset manager for nearly 200MW of C&I solar projects, responsible for both financial and performance reporting, customer & landowner relationships, and managing multiple O&M service providers. He received both a B.A. in Digital Media and a B.A. in History from Eastern Mennonite University.
Marquis Matthews joined Energy Support Services in late 2020 as the Operations Manager; in this role he oversees all of our field operations, including both our team of local technicians and the various subcontractors with whom they interface. He has a decade plus of solar industry experience, and has had roles as an installer, team lead, trainer, and a small business entrepreneur wherein he ran his own solar company in the Maryland area. Previously, Marquis worked as a deep-sea welder in the oil & gas industry after having served for five years in the Navy. With his extensive industrial and naval experiences, Marquis brings valuable safety expertise to the ESS team as well.
Manager of Business Development
Adrian Hinojos leads business development for Energy Support Services and has 16 years of experience in renewable energy, finance, and management. Prior to joining the company in May of 2021, Adrian founded OlaSolar Energy, where he focused on project development for community solar projects in New York, residential sales in Connecticut, and consulting for commercial, industrial, and utility-scale projects in Mexico. Adrian’s experience also includes roles in corporate finance, strategic planning, and M&A at EXSIF Worldwide, Kansas City Southern, and Genesee & Wyoming railroads. Adrian received his B.S. in Economics and an M.Sc. in Finance from the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.