Mr. Bakas is Senior Vice President of Ameresco, a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company. He is a member of the founding management team of the 17-year old public company (NYSE:AMRC).
Mr. Bakas has over 26 years of experience in the energy industry and has been at the forefront of the strategic development of renewable energy assets.
As a pioneer in the renewable energy industry, he drove and completed some of the earliest agreements that helped shape the protocols and the markets in those states that first implemented renewable portfolio standards. Ever since, he has driven the growth of Ameresco’s renewable energy portfolio to become one of the leading energy services providers in North America. Additionally, Mr. Bakas is instrumental in Ameresco’s corporate strategic planning and global business growth.
Mr. Bakas directs Ameresco’s Distributed Energy Systems Group, which is primarily responsible for the development and operation of energy generation assets both domestically and internationally. This group, led by Mr. Bakas, has successfully developed in excess of 300 eMW of small infrastructure energy supply assets. He has been key in fostering and supporting legislation that promotes the use of renewable resources. Due to Mr. Bakas’ expertise and foresight, Ameresco and its customers have won numerous awards from the U.S. EPA, the Department of Energy, the Climate Change Business Journal, state agencies, and other industry organizations.
Mr. Bakas has a solid track record of development, marketing and management of a wide array of energy services from the retail sale of power and natural gas to the successful development of energy service and energy saving efficiency projects throughout the nation.
Mr. Bakas is an active member of the U.S. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program, National Association Energy Engineers, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee, and many other national and local organizations.
As an industry expert, Mr. Bakas is often invited to speak at industry and customer forums where he typically addresses topics such as Energy Efficiency, Distributed Energy Systems, MicroGrids and Renewable Energy. He is regularly sought out for expertise and opinion, and has been involved in both radio and televised interviews. Over his career he has been tapped to provide his expertise and guidance regarding energy issues in states from California to Massachusetts, as well as to participate in discussions setting direction for state and local energy policy. In June 2017, Mr. Bakas was invited to provide expert testimony before the Clean Air Congressional Roundtable session hosted by U.S. Senator Tom Carper at the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Bakas is frequently quoted in industry and business publications. Over the course of his career, he has written a number of articles and is most recently published in Distributed Energy Magazine.
Mr. Bakas earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.B.A. from Boston College, The Carroll Graduate School of Management.