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photo John Harper
Principal
Birch Tree Capital, LLC
John is founder and principal of Birch Tree Capital, LLC, a financial advisory firm that assisted clients in financing clean power projects with a focus on wind and solar photovoltaic projects.  Previously, John was Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of Ze-gen, Inc., a renewable energy company that combines proprietary gasification tecnology with ordinary waste streams in order to generate clean, sustainable, low-cost synthesis gas for multiple industrial applications.  John has over 20 years’ background in financing clean energy and other infrastructure projects domestically and abroad. John joined E2 in September 2003, on the suggestion of founding E2 New England director Dan Goldman.  He saw E2’s successes advancing a clean energy agenda in California, and decided he wanted to support and adapt E2’s activities to achieve similar results in Massachusetts.

Since then, John has been a regular participant at E2 events in the greater Boston area.  He has testified on clean energy policies before state legislative and regulatory hearings and to the transition team for the Patrick Administration. He joined multiple E2 delegations to Beacon Hill, including meetings to encourage long-term upward adjustment of Massachusetts’s renewable portfolio standard and the state's energy policy. In 2009, he traveled to Washington, D.C. with E2 and urged Congressional leaders and staff to support climate change legislation. With E2 New England Director Berl Hartman, John currently is working with the New England Clean Energy Council to advise the Patrick Administration on improved renewable energy tax incentives.  "E2 has given me a way to lend my voice to a group of business professionals lobbying at the state level and in a state that can then be a model for the nation."

John lends a credible voice to arguments in favor of renewable energy as beneficial to the Massachusetts’ economy and energy profile. He can speak from experience about why money will or won’t flow into projects, what makes some projects more financeable than others, and what role state policy can have in fostering the flow of investment capital. "What I bring to the table as someone from the financing community is a reality check. Many states want to add more renewable power generation. Helping policymakers remove constraints to mobilizing capital to finance new projects is a key goal."

John values the team spirit E2 New England’s chapter leaders have built over the years in lobbying on Beacon Hill. "I appreciate the opportunity to work with people who believe that change is possible and are willing to pitch in to try to make a difference. E2 provides a great platform for mobilizing a broader audience to effect positive change in the energy sector."

 



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