Meet our Leadership Team
With one of the industry’s longest track records of delivering customized solar solutions, our diverse team of highly experienced energy professionals was purpose-built to deliver businesses, communities, and others in the industry the best possible outcome at any stage in the renewable energy project lifecycle.
Chief executive Officer
Jorge E. Vargas
Jorge Vargas has over fifteen years of experience in development, operations and principal investments of renewable energy projects. Jorge has developed, acquired, financed, and constructed projects and structured joint ventures across all verticals of the solar industry, including: Utility, Residential, C&I and Community Solar domestically and internationally. Jorge is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Aspen Power.
Most recently, Jorge served as a Board Member of PearlX Infrastructure, a smart grid infrastructure platform that was acquired by Antin Infrastructure. Prior to this role, he was an Operating Partner at Energy Impact Partners, a leading venture capital firm focused on the clean energy transition. Jorge held senior roles at Spear Point Energy and PFMG Solar, as well as led the sale of PFMG Solar, a leading C&I California based developer, to Constellation New Energies a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. In addition, Jorge sold Spear Point Energy’s portfolio of operating solar assets to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power. Jorge was also an Executive Vice President and Country Manager at AMP Solar Group where he led AMP’s entry into the US Solar Market. Prior to that, he was the Co-Head of the Solar Desk at Morgan Stanley Commodities where he focused on origination and project financing of principal investments in solar projects deploying Morgan Stanley Commodities balance sheet. Jorge started his solar career at Lennar Corporation where he pioneered the New Home Residential Solar PPA in California. Prior to these roles, Jorge was an investment banker at Bank of America and JP Morgan.
Chief financial officer
Jackson Lehr brings 20 years of diverse private-sector experience across investment, development, early-stage, and multinational corporate settings—all dedicated to environmental sustainability. Jackson’s expertise in distributed clean energy stems from both principal investing and development/operations across multiple platforms including regulated utilities.
Most recently Jackson served as an Operating Partner at Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a leading venture capital firm focused on the clean energy transition. Prior to EIP he served in several leadership roles at National Grid, first across its US regulated utilities, and then helping to build out the company’s national deregulated business, including cornerstone transactions and partnerships with EnerNOC, Geronimo Energy and Sunrun. Earlier in his career, Jackson was a partner in GO Ventures, a holding company that incubated energy-efficiency, renewable energy, and other green businesses. He also helped grow the boutique management consulting firm GreenOrder, and began his career at Bechtel working in the field on large civil-environmental infrastructure projects. Jackson holds undergraduate engineering degrees from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief operating Officer
Scott Delaney has over 30 years of professional experience in development and energy. He began his energy and engineering career while serving in the US Navy, operating and maintaining nuclear propulsion systems onboard Los Angeles Class Submarines. Since that time, he has developed over 1 GW of solar projects throughout North America, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.
Prior to forming Aspen Power, Scott held executive positions at Spear Point Energy, PFMG Solar, and Morgan Stanley developing, operating, maintaining, financing, and selling renewable energy projects.
Prior to his career in renewable energy, he spent 15 years in the real estate development industry with Lennar Corporation and Shapell Homes promoting and incorporating renewable energy and energy efficiency into tens of thousands of homes throughout the United States. Scott is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and the Naval Nuclear Power School.
Aaron Bartell provides legal and strategic advice across Aspen Power’s business with respect to acquisition, development, financing, and sale of solar projects; commercial transactions; risk management and compliance; capital raising and deployment; and company governance and operations. Aaron came to Aspen from Sol Systems, where he served in an executive capacity as the company’s principal internal counsel throughout his tenure. Before that, Aaron spent more than a decade at two of the top law firms in the renewable energy industry.
Most recently, he was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he represented sponsors, investors, and lenders in a wide variety of M&A and financing transactions involving renewable energy projects, with an emphasis on utility-scale and distributed generation solar. Prior to joining Akin Gump, he was an associate at Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP), where he was a member of the project finance practice after starting his career in the firm’s telecommunications, media, and technology practice. Aaron received his B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.