Meridian Sustainability Partners is a boutique energy and sustainability focused advisory firm that works with Indigenous communities, municipalities, and private firms.
Our strategic project development and management services can help you and your community or organization reduce greenhouse gas emissions with energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Meridian can evaluate your emission reduction options, navigate challenging regulatory frameworks, and help you take action to reach your sustainability goals. Our team can even help you study and plan a renewable energy project from the point of origination to commercial operation.
Our multi-disciplinary team has a rich breadth of experience garnered from experience in both Canadian and International Markets, working with large, publicly traded renewable energy finance, installation and construction companies in the U.S.A., as well as international banks and private equity firms.
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1. WHO WE WORK WITH:
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2. WHAT WE DO BEST:
Community scale renewable energy projects can have multiple benefits for a region including long term revenue from electricity sales, job creation in a growing industry, reducing the regions carbon footprint, and the pride that comes with making a difference. We help leaders study, plan, and develop community scale renewable energy projects from an idea stage into an operating project. We then facilitate partners between industry and the community to get a project financed and built.
We take your community or organization's GREEN ENERGY GOALS and help make them a reality.
LOCAL BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY
Local, green energy projects reduce emissions by offsetting power production from more carbon heavy sources and by siting the supply closer to the demand.
Going green isn’t just good for the environment, its a good investment. Renewable energy is a safe and secure investment that offers healthy returns.
Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing job creators in the world. Creating more jobs in your community can help make a prosperous community throughout.
Local power, local benefits, local change, and the pride of community ownership.
Plus the ability to harness local renewable energies.
3. WHERE WE BRING VALUE:
There are numerous grant opportunities to support your community’s green energy ambitions. Meridian can help you find and successfully win grants to improve your project’s economic viability.
Decision makers must have the key facts to properly consider questions of “Is it possible?” and “Is it financially viable?” Let Meridian’s experienced team lead you through this process to assess your project idea’s economic and technical viability.
Planning power projects requires a multi-disciplinary understanding of the energy resource, the technology, the financial considerations, and the regulatory framework that governs a project’s development. Meridian’s experienced team has developed expertise from international experience developing projects with some of the largest and most experience renewable energy companies in the world.
Proper planning, corporate structuring and assessment of risks from an early planning stage is crucial to raising money to build your project. Meridian’s team has successfully raised millions in financing for renewable energy projects and can help successfully finance your community scale project.
Conducting the necessary studies and acquiring the necessary approvals from various regulatory bodies is a crucial part of developing an energy project. Our team is knowledgeable and well versed in the changing energy policies to ensure your project gets the approvals required without major delays.
4. OUR EXPERIENCE & TEAM:
Meridian’s multi-disciplinary team has a rich breadth of experience garnered from experience in both Canadian and international markets, working with large, publicly traded renewable energy finance, installation and construction companies in the U.S.A., as well as international banks and private equity firms.
The lead project developer and Managing Partner of Meridian Sustainability Partners, Mr. Ryan Dick is an experienced international project developer, consultant, and entrepreneur who has worked in South America, the United States, and Canada in the renewable energy sector. As an entrepreneur in Ecuador, his company Radical Energy originated, developed, raised capital for, and negotiated two power purchase agreements with the federal government for a 30 MW and a 20 MW solar project. Radical Energy sold these projects to an international consortium of investors and a large energy and aerospace EPC company. Having worked with the Ecuadorian Federal government, a local Indigenous community, several international development banks, and an international EPC company, Ryan gained invaluable experience.
Afterwards, Mr. Dick worked in Silicon Valley and San Francisco for two large solar finance and construction companies including Sunrun and Borrego Solar Systems Inc. Mr. Dick has worked on multiple projects in the clean technology, geothermal, solar, and energy policy space for both large companies and startups. Ryan has provided renewable energy advisory services with multiple Albertan counties and municipal districts, including the County of Grande Prairie and the MD of Greenview. Meridian Sustainability Partners is working with multiple First Nation and Métis Settlement clients as well.
Ryan has a Master of Science in sustainable energy development and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and University of Alberta, respectively. Ryan is also a member of the Alberta Indigenous Electricity Technical Working Group which convenes monthly with the goal of furthering Métis and First Nation involvement in the renewable energy sector as investors, developers, and active participants in Alberta’s growing green energy space.
This board’s members are a mix of Indigenous technical leadership from multiple communities, as well as executive level participation from the Government of Alberta’s AUC, AESO, AEP, Department of Energy, and Indigenous Services Canada. Ryan is also on the Board of Directors for Geothermal Canada.
Meridian’s team includes Dave Fraser and Maria Jose Troya. Mr. Fraser is a former Executive Vice President of Edmonton Power (renamed Epcor Utilities and then Capital Power) who has decades of experience in the utility power sector as a leader and consultant. Ms. Troya is a highly skilled member of the team working remotely from the UK. Maria is a biologist with experience studying the planning and effects of power plant development on the environment and Indigenous communities. Maria has extensive experience working with the World Wildlife Foundation in Washington DC, and is currently studying an MBA / MSc at Oxford University.
Meridian Sustainability Partner’s experienced advisory board consists of leaders with decades of executive experience in the utility sector, indigenous relations, municipal management, high level government, private financing, and project development.
We would love to explore, design and develop any green energy project you and your organization or community have in mind. Please contact us and share with us your ideas. Or stay tuned to keep in the loop as this new more renewable and sustainable world takes shape.