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Arevia Power opens US office, hires former Senator Brooks

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California-based Arevia Power has opened a new office in Las Vegas and recently hired Chris Brooks as senior vice president (SVP) of external relations.

Prior to joining Arevia, Brooks was in the public sector as a Nevada State Senator for 4 years. He has also served as a state Assemblyman for 2 years.

In the private sector he served as a managing principal at Brooks Consulting for 7 years and as a director at Bombard Renewable Energy for 10 years. In the latter role, he was responsible for the development, engineering, procurement and construction of solar projects.

Brooks also served as the executive vice president of energy services at Valley Electric Association (VEA), where he managed the organization’s distributed generation programs.

In addition to Brooks, Arevia hired 4 other senior professionals over the last year (2022) to support its expanding portfolio of solar and wind projects:

  • Rafik Albert – SVP of Lands & Permitting

  • Tim Derrick – strategic advisor

  • Roger Halbakken – senior director of portfolio analytics and origination

  • Cameron Pavluk – director of development

KKR last August (2022) led a structured investment, along with GCM Grosvenor, in the renewables developer.

Arevia managing partner Ricardo Graf said: “Arevia Power has strategically put together one of the largest and most expansive renewables project portfolios in the western US.

“Combining this team, with its over 60 years of experience in regulatory policy, permitting, transmission planning, and community relations with Arevia’s history of developing large and differentiated projects such as the Gemini Solar Project in Southern Nevada will set this company on a trajectory to deliver something unique to communities, customers and utilities alike,” he added.