Distributed Solar Development, the joint venture between BlackRock Real Assets and GE Renewable Energy, has hired a former project originator at Cypress Creek Renewables.

Cameron Bard has joined DSD as senior adviser, development, where he will be building out the company's business in the public power and municipal markets.

DSD recently closed a $250 million portfolio financing, the details of which PFR first reported in early September, to fund its distributed solar and storage assets with a mixture of its own equity and third-party debt and tax equity (PFR, 9/310/23).

Bard was director of market development at Cypress Creek, where he oversaw strategy, origination and commercial sales in the Northeast.

He started his career in 2010 as a project manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Nyserda), overseeing the implementation of a $6.5 million oil conversion program and managing the financing and technical elements of more than 200 multifamily building energy efficiency projects.

Between 2013 and 2017 he worked in the office of New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo, most recently as chief of staff to the state’s first chairman of energy and finance, Richard Kauffman, who is also chairman of the board of Nyserda.

After his time in the public sector, Bard joined start-up accelerator 1776 as director, market development, before moving to Cypress Creek in 2017 as director of operations. He was made director of market development the following year.

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