Atlanta, GA – May 1, 2020 – Watershed Geo is pleased to announce that Kenny Hughes has joined the Watershed Geo team as Vice President of Renewable Energy. Hughes will be focused on growing the market for Watershed’s patented PowerCap™ solar array system in conjunction with battery storage solutions, both driven by an increasing demand from customers.
Hughes brings over ten years of experience in the renewable power industry. He has been involved with close to a gigawatt of installed solar projects and directly overseen operations and maintenance teams that managed almost 100MW of solar assets. Hughes has worked in a variety of advisory roles for:
- Advisory task force with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Puerto Rican Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA)
- Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for multiple landfills in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands for high wind/hurricane zones.
Before entering the solar market, Hughes spent over 15 years in heavy civil construction working on some of the largest civil projects on the east coast.
“Kenny was hired as a direct result of demand from our current customer base,” said Watershed Geo President Kyle Ehman. “Our PowerCap technology was specifically designed to meet the energy needs of utility, industrial, municipal solid waste and mining clients looking to maximize the use of the ClosureTurf system and provide clean energy sources. Kenny knows this market well, has a great network with both the solar industry and our clients, and can help walk anyone through the process seamlessly.”
As the Vice President of Renewable Energy, Hughes will help manage Watershed’s PowerCap brand, a unique solar system specifically designed to maximize the use of landfills, an otherwise unused asset. Unlike traditional solar panel designs for landfills that are ballasted with vertical racking structures, PowerCap is attached directly to the ClosureTurf final cover system through a unique friction-based geosynthetic approach on both top decks and slopes. This system does not require penetration therefore reducing the risk of compromising the cover’s performance. It also incorporates slopes, the typically unused part of the landfill, for more density. The system was designed with versatility for different panel configurations and a tilt system to maximize power production on flat surfaces. The entire system operates on the ideal foundation of ClosureTurf, making it easily accessible with minimal maintenance which eliminates the risk of damage from maintenance equipment.
“Watershed Geo’s ClosureTurf, combined with the PowerCap solar collection system, will enable our clients to install a durable, low-maintenance landfill closure system that can maximize its footprint with an unprecedented amount renewable energy,” concluded Ehman. “This environmental solution includes the latest in panel technologies, direct surface attachment and “plug and play” integrated wiring technology, all on a stable, predictable closure surface.”