Childers, currently president of Bernhard Energy in Baton Rouge, LA, has made significant career achievements in the development of entrepreneurial growth companies, including Synergy Renewables, a BP Capital backed venture focusing on waste-to-energy projects in the Caribbean and Latin America. He also served as president and CEO of Solar Systems, a concentrated solar power technology from Australia.
DeWitt Thompson, V, PHGE’s board chairman, said that Childers’ accomplishments and breadth of experience in the energy industry make him an exciting addition to the board. “The knowledge base and the contact network Michael Childers adds to our company will have a significant impact on the development of PHG Energy. His energy and passion for this business will help us move at a faster pace, with an enhanced focus on direction and product development.
“We are looking forward to working with Mike and having him on the team,” Thompson added.
Childers said patented technology, facilities under construction, and ongoing R&D efforts combined to attract him to become a part of PHGE. “This company has already proven its technology and systems and is ready for the next big steps in commercialization,” Childers said. “PHGE’s value propositions in both energy and sustainable waste reduction are very strong, and when you add the large potential of their solar offering, the package is really unparalleled. This is a company that can bring an array of energy solutions to the marketplace and provide true turnkey solutions. That ability is only going to get better in coming years.”
Childers’ previous experience includes:
CEO at TXU/Luminant Development at TXU Corporation, a major Texas utility company
EVP at the Shaw Group, also serving as president of their Stone & Webster subsidiary
President of the unregulated businesses at Entergy Corporation
PHGE has installed 13 units to date, and currently has two sustainable waste-to-energy plants under contract utilizing the company’s patented downdraft gasification technology to convert biomass-based material into clean synthetic fuel gas. The newest municipal plant in Lebanon, TN, is scheduled for completion this fall.
Aries Energy, PHGE’s solar division based in Knoxville, TN, was recently awarded contracts for a 1.3 megawatt community solar array near that city and is expected to bring the system on line in 2016. This innovative concept allows individuals to share ownership in a large solar installation that is not on their property.
PHG Energy, LLC, is owned by a Nashville