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Derek Avery

Senior Energy Consultant

As Senior Energy Consultant, Derek’s main focus is acting as an energy advisor for schools. Derek works with district facility managers and key stakeholders to fully understand and reach their goals and objectives. He develops Proposition 39 expenditure plans to optimize learning environments, maximize return on investment, reduce carbon, deliver on energy efficiency, implement renewable generation, and strive toward net zero energy impact. Before this role, Derek was Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist working with local government partners from initial needs assessment through project completion. In addition, he coordinated with the CEC on behalf of multiple clients to secure grants and low-interest loans for efficiency upgrade projects, including K-12 schools. Derek earned his B.S. in Business Management from Santa Clara University.