Who We Are
Eden Renewables, an offshoot of the award-winning UK solar developer, Solstice Renewables, has launched its innovative and successful community-focused model to the US market.
Founded by Harry Lopes and Giovanni Maruca in 2013, Solstice Renewables became known for its unique, ethical approach which puts communities at the heart of its solar developments. Wanting to apply the same sustainable and mindful ethos to the US market, Harry and Giovanni founded Eden in 2017.
Today, Eden Renewables is committed to bringing low-cost natural power to households and small businesses across NY while making a positive impact on local environment and communities. Based in Troy, NY, we’re currently developing community solar farms for the benefit of Upstate New York communities.
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.
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, Glenville.