Alex Perera is the Director of Renewable Energy Initiatives for MEP and is helping to lead WRI’s expanding work in renewable energy. Alex has led successful collaboration projects with multinationals in the manufacturing, retail, and technology sectors to scale use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is also leading work to develop and scale approaches companies can use to allocate capital to transformative sustainability projects that will result in better competitive positioning.
Joining WRI in 2007, Alex has over ten years of experience in energy policy, finance, and the private sector. Most recently, he helped found Seahorse Power (now called Bigbelly Solar), a renewable energy company with a mission of developing innovative new solar energy products that will help reduce transportation related emissions. Alex has worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he participated on Governor Pataki’s Greenhouse Gas Task Force. He also served on two advisory committees that invested in over $7 million in renewable energy R&D projects in New York City and Long Island. Alex was a Financial Analyst at the investment bank Bear, Stearns and Co. Inc. where he helped to structure over $1 billion in municipal financing in the utility sector. He has served as the Program Director for the New York Energy Efficiency Council, an organization that represented Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in New York State electric deregulation proceedings.
Alex has an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a BA from Boston University in Environmental Science, Economics, and French. He has written and co-authored numerous publications on corporate strategy and renewable energy. He is a watercolor painter and lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and two children.