Foundation Solar Partners Team

Todd Cater

Todd has 15 years of transaction experience in renewables and power generation. Prior to founding Foundation Solar Partners (FSP), Todd served as the Head of M&A for Cypress Creek Renewables, the second largest utility-scale developer in the US, where he led the acquisition of over 1GW of utility-scale solar projects throughout the country.

Prior to Cypress Creek, served as Vice President of North America M&A for SunEdison, leading solar and wind acquisitions in the US.  He has held prior roles at Bluefin Solar, Global Environment Fund, and the AES Corporation.  Todd has an MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Tim Dertzbaugh

Tim has 10 years of experience in the renewables and power generation business. Prior to FSP, Tim served as the Mid-Atlantic Market Leader for Cypress Creek Renewables where he lead development and off-take origination for the company’s 750MW pipeline of wholesale and community solar projects across Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Prior to Cypress Creek, he developed community solar projects at Bluefin Solar and SunEdison. Tim holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.

Ean Mulligan

Ean has 11 years of experience in the energy industry, 5 of which have been in renewables. Ean’s most recent experience at Cypress Creek Renewables was overseeing a community solar portfolio of over 400MWs across 80 projects in the Northeast. He has worked in acquisitions, financing and project management on ground-mounted solar projects built in PA, VA, NC, MD, MA and NY. 

Prior to Cypress Creek Renewables, Ean worked for an electric utility on their solar and hydroelectric portfolio, a home battery storage company on their grid integration and in traditional upstream oil and gas development . Ean received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and later his MBA from UCLA Anderson.

Michael Whalen

Michael has 6 years of project management and project development experience in the renewables industry, having served as a project manager and project developer for some of the nation’s leading solar development and environmental consulting organizations, including Cypress Creek Renewables and TRC Companies. 

With Cypress Creek Renewables, Michael led project development and permitting efforts for a 300+MW portfolio of wholesale power generation assets in the Mid-Atlantic, having successfully permitted more than 100MWs of new generation in the PJM service territory.  Raised in NW Pennsylvania, Michael has a passion for supporting the local community and encouraging economic development in the broader region.  

Shane Shields

Shane has 5 years of experience in the renewables industry, joining the team from Cypress Creek Renewables. Shane served in a variety of roles including Senior Zoning Manager, Project Manager, and most recently Senior Project Developer. In those roles, Shane was involved in development of over 500 MWs of solar projects, leading project development and permitting efforts across North Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and more. Shane brings a variety of experience across the project lifecycle from early to late-stage development. 

Prior to Cypress Creek, Shane worked in community planning for local government. He received his Bachelor’s from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and carries his passion for sustainable community development into his work at FSP.