Who We Are
Eden Renewables is bringing low-cost natural power to communities across NY while making a positive impact on the local environment. Based in Troy, NY, we are currently developing community solar farms for the benefit of Upstate New York residents. Our holistic approach ensures that the people living and working near our solar farms receive the full benefits of locally generated, clean power and the chance to save money on their energy bills. Our pollinator-friendly solar farms also establish wildflower meadows around the panels which help support local agriculture. Eden Renewables was founded in 2017 by the team behind the highly successful UK solar company, Solstice Renewables, which became known for its innovative, unique, sustainable approach.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Harry Lopes is the Founder and CEO of Eden Renewables. After working in Finance for seven years, Harry’s belief in the economic and environmental imperative of transitioning from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy led him to move into developing rooftop and large-scale solar projects in early 2011, a passion which remains the same today. He has an M.A. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and an ACA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW). During his time off, he likes to explore the surrounding nature trails with his electric bike.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Giovanni Maruca, partnering with Harry Lopes, serves as Eden’s CDO. As Solstice’s Co-Founder, he led its project development team, having previously gained several years of renewable development experience working for Low Carbon Solar and British Solar Renewables. Before entering the solar industry, he worked in film, managing digital media distribution for Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He also led European business development for a NASDAQ-listed software engineering services company. Giovanni has a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College and a joint MBA/Master of Health Administration Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Gillian Black has designed and/or installed hundreds of residential, commercial and municipal solar PV systems on the east coast. Before joining Eden Renewables, he was Business Development Director for Abundant Solar Energy and Senior Associate at CSArch Architecture where he helped NY school districts go solar. Gillian has an MBA from Rensselaer Lally School of Management and Technology and a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his family and two dogs and enjoys cooking and outdoor activities.
JONALIZA D. CEKLIC,
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS MANAGER
Jonaliza Ceklic’s experience in marketing, communications, community and public affairs extends for over a decade, previously working in the New York State Senate and the New York State DSCC before entering the renewable energy industry. A self-proclaimed environmental advocate, she is excited to make the transition and utilize her skills to help advance Eden’s mission. She is a Virginia Tech alumna and currently lives in Guilderland where she can be frequently seen at the local hot yoga studio.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH MANAGER
Ed Parker has been assisting business and residential customers go solar for several years, with extensive experience in both on-site solutions and community solar. Prior to entering the solar industry, Ed worked in IT and Telecommunications sales. A US Army Veteran, Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Electrical Engineering. He lives in Slingerlands and enjoys fishing, hiking and spending time with his family.
Jennifer Galavotti has recently entered the renewable energy sector in this role with Eden. With a background in marketing, business, and bank operations, she found the transition to solar new and exciting. Jennifer has a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. from The College of Saint Rose. When free, Jennifer enjoys dancing and planning adventures with her loved ones.
Stephanie Puliafico has many years of experience as an administrator and project coordinator in the renewable energy sector. Previously, she worked at ForeFront Power and SmartWatt Energy. Stephanie has a B.A. in English from Bridgewater College and a B.S. in Finance/Economics from SUNY Empire State College. Off work hours, she spends time planning trips to Disney World with her son and volunteers as a treasurer on the youth lacrosse board in her hometown, Burnt Hills.
Devin Hallam has many years of experience in Planning and Coordination in the US Army. Previously he graduated from Clarkson University with a B.S. in Professional Studies, with a focus in Mathematics. In his off time, Devin enjoys camping in the Adirondacks with his family, motorcycles, and reading.