Volt Energy is one of the largest minority owned solar energy development firms that builds, operates, and maintains state-of the-art solar energy systems for commercial, industrial, government and educational institutions. Volt Energy offers its clients solar energy at significant savings through a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which requires no upfront costs. Volt Energy draws on the experience of its diverse project team of professionals in project finance, engineering, land use law, project management and business development to deliver quality solar solutions for its clients.
Volt Energy is a recent recipient of Amtrak and The Washington Wizards Pioneer Award, honoring companies that have made a positive impact in the Washington DC community. Volt has also been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine for outstanding achievement as a small business and was nominated for Black Enterprise’s 2011 Small Business of The Year award. Volt Energy's other notable clients include: Fort Bragg, Wake Forest University, KIPP DC, and The Cheesecake Factory. Volt Energy is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and sits on the advisory board of The Center for Energy Research and Technology at North Carolina A&T.
Volt has a green energy education team that works with its clients and the communities Volt works in to promote STEM education, alternative energy education, and mentorship to underserved groups. Volt Energy is an advisor to the United States Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiative, which was formed to engage more minorities into the energy sector.
Gilbert G Campbell III, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Gilbert Campbell is a co-founder of Volt Energy, a renewable energy project development firm that builds, operates, and maintains state-of the-art solar energy systems for commercial, industrial, government and educational institutions.
Gilbert was recently named to EBONY magazine's 2014 Power List, which recognizes influential achievements by African-Americans annually. Additionally, under Gilbert’s leadership, Volt Energy is largely recognized as an emerging national renewable energy development firm. Volt is a 2014 recipient of Amtrak and The Washington Wizards Pioneer Award, honoring companies that have made a positive impact in their community
Gilbert is a member of The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), an Advisor to the US Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiative, and an Advisory Board Member of The Center for Energy Research and Technology at North Carolina A&T. Gilbert also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club and is on the Ambassador Board for KIPP DC.
Gilbert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.B.A in Finance from Howard University and has done post-graduate leadership training at Harvard University.
Antonio Francis, Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Antonio Francis is one of the co-founders and principals of Volt Energy. Through his multinational and bilingual background, Antonio has lead Volt Energy’s international development, private sector sales, and construction management in the company’s installation.
Antonio was recently named to EBONY magazine's 2014 Power List, which recognizes influential achievements by African-Americans annually. Under Antonio's leadership, the company has completed design-build-transfer projects for the military, higher learning institutions, local municipalities, and commercial clients.
He currently sits on the advisory boards of Nature Isle, DREAM Collaborative, and The Center for Energy Research and Technology at North Carolina A&T.
Antonio has a B.S. in Biology from Howard University and a Masters in Biotechnology with a concentration in Business from Columbia University.
Barry Schochet, Managing Partner and Senior Counsel
Barry Schochet is a distinguished attorney and has extensive business development experience. Barry serves as a Managing Partner for Volt Energy and oversees business development and strategy for the company.
He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from Emory University. His career has included private law practice and service in the United States Senate where he was counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee and Staff Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East and South Asia.
In Barry's role as a business developer, he has crafted significant projects in both the US and international markets. These projects include the food service, real estate, restaurant, financial, and solar industries. Mr. Schochet was also an early limited partner with The Cheesecake Factory and played an integral part in the company's early expansion nationwide and initial public offering.
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