Troy Helming

Troy Helming - Available for Board seats, consulting

Helping your renewable energy project reach its goals

The clean energy industry world changes constantly. Solar in the USA is much like the "Wild West" and I call it the "Solar Coaster."

Since 1998, I've been developing wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects, making me one of the few true veterans of the industry.  I can help you navigate these tricky waters.

I wrote the book The Clean Power Revolution(published in 2005), have dozens of articles published, am an active public speaker, and am nearly finished writing two more books.

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My philosophy
Clean energy must be economically viable, when viewed on a 20-year timeframe or longer.  Through that lens, there are very few projects or locations where fossil fuels can compete with solar or wind energy.  I work hard to cooperative with utilities and commercial energy users to understand their needs while integrating my intense, lifelong passion to convert the planet to clean, renewable energy.  I serve as a director or adviser on various boards and am open to additional such engagements.

My commitment to results
When I work with you, I roll up my sleeves and become your business partner. My success as a consultant, public speaker, and author is measured by the success of your project and the overall clean energy industry.

My experience
I am intimately familiar with the many challenges that solar & wind projects face today. I have almost certainly been in your shoes, and I've "seen it all."  In 1980, my father had a 30-panel solar hot water system installed in our 7,500 square foot home, and I helped maintain it during Junior High & High School.  I'm the founder & former CEO of TradeWind Energy (formerly Kansas Wind Power LLC where I developed the 250 MW ($500 MM) Smoky Hills Wind Farm, 200 MW ($300 MM) Caney River Wind Farm before I sold the company in 2004), a biodiesel plant (10 MGPY), and developed, financed, permitted and built dozens of solar projects, including for such clients as Sprint, Pacific Gas & Electric, many schools & churches and companies of all sizes.  I'm the founder & CEO of Pristine Sun, based in San Francisco CA, a leading developer / owner / operator of small utility scale solar projects across the USA with 8,000 MW of site control and over 2,000 MW of projects in active development as of 1Q 2016. 

Helton Farm (Merced County CA)

My Blog

Stroing Bee Farm (Tehama County CA)


Terzian Sheep Ranch (Fresno County CA)


Troy's BIO

Troy Helming 
has been a clean energy executive and leader for 20 years.  As the Founder and CEO of Pristine Sun LLC, he’s led the company to become the leading developer of small utility-scale solar power plants in California and the nation, with about $100 Million of project assets placed into service as of 2014 (as a profitable IPP - Independent Power Producer), and a project pipeline of over 2 GW of additional solar projects.  Prior to that he founded TradeWind Energy, raised millions of seed capital, acquired PPAs/LOIs with utilities for $300 Million of wind energy & developed wind farm sites including Smoky Hills Wind Farm (250 MW / $500 Million) and Caney River Wind Farm (200 MW), then sold his interests in the company in 2003/2004.  Since then, Tradewind has completed over 1 GW of wind projects, representing over $1.7 Billion of investment as of 2013.

In 2005, Mr. Helming wrote & published a book The Clean Power Revolution (available here for Amazon Kindle apps for smartphones, tablets, Kindle e-reader), created The Freedom Plan (a blueprint to convert America to 100% renewable energy & save the U.S. economy $1 Trillion per year), published numerous articles, has been a keynote speaker in 13 states/4 countries, promoted clean energy tirelessly on TV & radio, fought the construction of various new coal plants, and served for the Sierra Club as an expert witness on wind energy. In 2007 Mr. Helming designed, built, and operated an EPA-registered biodiesel refinery. Since 2001, Mr. Helming has designed, sold, permitted, installed, and serviced numerous small wind, solar, fuel cell and energy efficiency solutions and been a consultant for dozens of companies (including McKinsey & Co, Bank of America, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs). 

He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, has certifications in OSHA, NABCEP (pending), Commercial PV NEC 2011 (Complaint Design, O&M), solar & wind energy finance, system design & technical sales, and is a member of Mensa.

About Pristine Sun:

Pristine Sun is an independent power producer and a leading developer of small utility-scale solar PV power plants in America, with 15 such project constructed in 2013 that are owned and operated by Pristine Sun, 125 projects in late-stage development and over 400 projects in active development across the United States.  Having developed and constructed over $100 Million (26 MW) of utility, commercial and industrial solar power plants in 2013 Pristine Sun has achieved a track record of 400% compound annual growth in watts energized per year since 2009.  In 2015, over 250 MW (> $500 Million) of projects are expected to commence construction.  Pristine Sun’s core management team members each have a decade of experience in the development and finance of solar and wind projects with a combined total of over $2 billion. Pristine Sun, originally backed by a $24 billion private equity fund, has a 2 GW (gigawatt) solar pipeline with 750 MW of “real” projects under active development, and is headquartered in San Francisco.

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