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Delta Solar came into existence when a Ph.D., an agricultural expert, and a financier discussed the potential of installing a solar array on a local farm. This meeting took place in 2017 and after analyzing bids from several local companies, they realized they could tackle this project themselves. But it did not stop there. The wheels kept turning until they realized a significant opportunity existed to provide world-class solar deployments cost effectively – Delta Solar was born!

Delta Solar is committed to bringing value to their clients. They believe in creating long-term value for these folks—many of which are farmers. They are sensitive to farmers and their families who have been farming for decades. Solar power can be a legacy passed down to the next generation. So, amongst the many challenges commercial and agricultural clients face, solar power can be something they can count on.

From an engineering perspective, there is a level of accountability and transparency that comes with solar power. Simply said, the output from a solar array can be monitored. It is highly predictable. So, for those who choose to invest in solar power, they will receive a highly predictable, long-term return on investment.

Meet Our Team

About Us - Doug Hutchings

Douglas Hutchings, CEO - PARTNER

Doug is a scientist, inventor, and pioneer in the Arkansas solar industry. A Hendrix College graduate, Hutchings earned his PhD in Microelectronic-Photonics from the University of Arkansas. He pioneered new techniques to improve the efficiency of solar cells and was named one of the nation’s Top New Inventors by Inventor’s Digest. Doug formed Delta Solar to lower the cost of commercial and agricultural installations and build a solar industry in his home state. Today, he is applying the science to businesses and continues to develop new technologies behind Delta Solar.

About Us - Bob East

Bob East, Chairman - Partner

Bob East has been active in commercial construction as a general contractor, owner, and developer for over 40 years and is a partner in numerous real estate projects. He was the founder of East Harding, Inc., a Little Rock based construction company, where he served as Chairman and CEO until 2019. From 1999 to 2019, Bob was the majority owner and managing member of Advanced Cabling Systems, LLC, a full-service technology integrator that grew under his leadership from three employees to over 200 employees and was acquired in 2018 by ADT Inc. A lifelong Arkansas resident, Bob is actively involved in the community and has served on the board of many organizations, including the Little Rock Airport Commission, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Dean’s Advisory Board of the Walton School of Business, and the Associated Builders and Contractors National Board. He also served on the Board of Pulaski Bank and Trust in Little Rock for nine years. Bob holds a B. A. in Finance and Administration from the University of Arkansas, where he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Walton School of Business in 2019.

KATIE LANING NIEBAUM, PRESIDENT

As President of Delta Solar, Katie brings more than 15 years of strategic communications, public affairs and management expertise from her leadership roles on Capitol Hill and within state and national business trade associations. From 2016-2020, Katie led efforts to promote Arkansas’ fast-growing advanced energy industry as Executive Director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and its educational affiliate, the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation. Under her leadership, the trade association secured key policy initiatives and regulatory decisions helping to spur the deployment of advanced energy technologies, including solar technologies. Katie was named to Arkansas Business’ 2019 “40 Under 40” list, as well as the media group’s “Arkansas 250” list of influencers in 2018 and 2019. Previous roles include vice president of communications and media relations for the National Restaurant Association, and communications director for U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln. Katie is a Little Rock native, a proud alumna of Little Rock Central High School, and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson, SVP - Partner

A graduate of the University of Arkansas and a record-setting College - NFL Quarterback, Tyler continues his contributions to the state of Arkansas by focusing on commercial real estate development projects expanding all across the state. Over the past half-decade, his background has included medical, retail, & raw land development, and brokerage of NNN investment-grade products. At Delta Solar, Tyler serves as a Board Member, SVP, and Partner. His immense understanding of banking, finance, tax, real estate, and commercial development acts as a powerful asset in helping clients increase profitability through solar projects. Outside of Delta Solar, Tyler operates a real estate investment and consulting business, JTW Consulting. He is actively involved in community events and serves as an advisor on several boards.

About Us - AJ Hood

AJ Hood, Agricultural Specialist - PARTNER

AJ brings a deep understanding of the specific needs of the agricultural community to Delta Solar. A cotton, soybean, and corn farmer, AJ holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Regulations from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and has worked with the University of Arkansas in agricultural research and extension. AJ is Past President of the Arkansas Soybean Association, an AG Council of Arkansas Board Member, serves on the Drew County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and is actively involved in the Miracle League of Southeast Arkansas. His robust experience within the agricultural industry makes him a knowledgeable leader and natural fit for our company.

Gary Don Moreland

Gary Don Moreland, VP of Construction

Gary Don is responsible for the layout and construction of Delta Solar’s solar arrays. A land surveyor by trade, he offers more than 25 years of experience and a track record of building world-class solar projects. Day-in and day-out, Gary Don is responsible for all hardware installation and ensures that our work runs smoothly.

Stacey Svendsen, VP of Marketing & Customer Relations

Stacey oversees the development and implementation of the company's brand & marketing strategies. A Hendrix College graduate with degrees in Economics and Studio Art, she is excited to be working in the rapidly growing solar energy industry. Her work at Delta Solar focuses on optimizing customer experience & building client relationships. Stacey is a member of the Arkansas Canoe Club and the Sierra Club's Arkansas Chapter.

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John Dickins, Business Development Representative

John brings over 15 years of business-to-business experience and has a talent for meeting the needs of businesses of all sizes. Over the last several years, John has been involved in solar, first in residential, and now with commercial and agricultural projects. His love of the environment comes from his time as a whitewater instructor at a camp in North Carolina. John is a native of Little Rock, where he lives with his wife Kirsten and their four children. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Economics.

Jimmy Pearce, Business Development Representative

Jimmy is an Arkansas native from Lonoke County. He pursues his passion for the outdoors by managing private recreational properties as an owner of PPM. Jimmy has over 20 years of restaurant management experience, including ownership. Finally, he is a session musician, singer, songwriter, producer and composer.

Tommy Drew, Business Development Representative

Tommy is a native of Little Rock and holds a finance degree from the University of Arkansas. He has a background in investment banking and spent most of his career in fixed income sales at Stephens Inc. prior to joining Delta Solar. In addition, Tommy helps manage operations for his family’s farm. Tommy’s experience in both evaluating investment opportunities as well as his knowledge of day-to-day farming activities gives him a unique perspective and provides significant value to Delta Solar’s commercial and agricultural clients.

Elena Cervantes, Project Analyst

A native of Fort Smith, Elena holds degrees in Economics and Computer Science from Lyon College, where she was a member of the women’s soccer team. As a project analyst for Delta Solar, she helps develop client proposals and works as part of a team executing client projects. Elena is a Fellow with the Arkansas Fellowship, which seeks to attract and retain Arkansas’ brightest entrepreneurial talent by partnering with the state’s leading universities and most ambitious companies. The Arkansas Fellowship offers a two-year fellowship program to a select group of graduating college seniors—focusing on developing the next generation of Arkansas’ entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor, Installer

Austin is frequently seen installing solar panels throughout Arkansas. His primary responsibility is to ensure an immaculate installation, and he works tirelessly every day to provide the best service possible to our construction team. His talent and work ethic are unrivaled!

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