The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced the appointment of Donovan Gordon as director of Renewable Thermal, where he will lead efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and hot water; air and ground source heat pump, and wood-fired heating systems.
NYSERDA’s Renewable Thermal initiative is part of a Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision,” a strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for New Yorkers. Expanding markets for renewable thermal products and systems will create new opportunities for consumers to utilize clean, locally-produced energy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can lower energy bills.
“NYSERDA is committed to expanding innovative energy programs like renewable thermal that will help build a clean, robust energy sector that benefits all New Yorkers,” said John B. Rhodes, president and CEO, NYSERDA. “Donovan Gordon has a strong track record in promoting renewable and sustainable energy projects, and his skills, industry experience and leadership will advance New York’s energy goals, spur business growth and job creation, and protect our environment.”
Gordon will oversee a team to help companies develop and implement low-carbon cooling and heating systems. This initiative is a critical component of NYSERDA’s strategy to enable net-zero energy buildings, which produce the same amount of energy as they consume. It also will further advance New York’s progress toward creating self-sustaining energy markets for clean, renewable technologies.
Gordon has more than 28 years of experience in business development, market and strategic planning, and consulting, and has worked with local governments, geothermal and solar installation companies, colleges and universities, and school districts. He most recently served as executive director for the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization and as president of D. Gordon Consulting Inc., a firm that provided project management and consulting services.