Based in Chicago, IL, Verde Solutions provides innovative consultation for clients that want to improve their energy efficiency and save money. We specialize in energy efficient technology and consulting services. Our team of Professional Engineers, Certified Energy Managers (CEM) and LEED certified consultants is dedicated to fostering close relationships with our clients, to quickly meet their needs. We provide businesses, institutions, and municipalities with knowledge and equipment that ensures a ‘brighter’ future.
Your distinctive energy needs deserve Verde’s full suite of energy efficiency offerings. Verde has unique relationships with suppliers and access to rebates and grants that we use to save you the most money possible. We also offer financing with 0% down that allows for energy projects to be paid for using the energy savings. This means new equipment with no money out-of-pocket. We also offer extended 10 year parts and labor warranties, assuring your facility will pay $0 maintenance on all Verde equipment for 10 years. After completing a free assessment of your space, Verde will work closely with you to meet your needs with our custom retrofits.
Christopher Gersch, is the Founder and CEO of Verde Solutions. (Christopher Gersch is the Co-Founder and President of Navigate Power.) Previously, Chris was the Co-Founder and CEO of Chicago based Energy Consultant Firm, Save Wave Energy. Chris can often be seen as an expert guest speaker on energy and commodities products for CNBC, Bloomberg, BNN, CNN and Fox Business News. Chris is also an Associate Professor in The University of Chicago’s Masters in Financial Mathematics Program.
In 2004, Chris’ 12 years of energy experience began in the option pits at the Chicago Board of Trade with the Hanley Group. Chris managed commodity and energy trade departments at Spike Trading (CME 2004-2006), Merrill Lynch (CBOE 2006-2007) and ADM Derivatives (CBOT 2007-2008). He then went on to found Chicago Global Capital, LLC, a Commodity Trading Advisor Firm specializing in managed energy futures products.
He has passed the FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 55, 63 and 65 exams. As well as, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Aerospace from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and is a licensed multi-engine commercial pilot.
Lucas Michael Payne
VP, Sales and Business Development
Lucas Payne is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Verde Solutions. Prior to his work with Verde, Lucas was the VP of Product Development at Trans-Lux Energy, where he oversaw global supply chain sourcing, OEM manufacturing, and R&D of LED lighting, energy efficient equipment, and components; in addition to maintaining annual sales of $2M per year. Prior to his time at Trans-Lux Lucas Cofounded Advanced Custom Energy Solutions (ACES) and EcoStar, both LED Lighting and Distribution companies in Chicago, IL.
During Lucas’s tenure as Operations Director at United Fuel Savers, a hydrogen fuel cell start up in Chicago, he developed his passion for sustainability and engineering that has led him throughout his career.
Lucas is an advocate of social justice. He is active in his church and his beloved community of the South Side of Chicago where he and his wife Marquita work with teens and young adults with a variety of non-profits.
AJ Dobson is the Vice President of Operations at Verde Solutions. Previously, AJ was the Vice President of M&J General Contractors, Inc., a national general contractor specializing in retail construction and remodeling. AJ spent 6 years as the firm’s VP, helping M&J realize consistent growth and year over year profitability. Prior to that, AJ spent 5 years as the firm’s senior project manager, managing Kroger and Safeway projects up to $3M in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the US.
AJ’s career trajectory started in the trenches as a direct sales associate for Granton Marketing, eventually building a team and opening a LLC in Reynoldsburg, OH. His people skills and team management abilities led to a natural transition into project management, where he has spent the last 12 years building and managing successful teams.
In his free time, AJ enjoys training for triathlons and spending time with his wife and 18 month old daughter, Violet.
Director of Marketing
Director of Purchasing/Procurement & Project Manager
Supply Chain Manager
We created Verde Solutions to help make a difference for the world we’ll leave to our children. Arguably the best aspect of LED lighting systems is their reduced impact on the environment. Besides the fact that they require far less power to operate, LEDs also do not use a filament or harmful gases. Instead, lighting is achieved by the flow of electrons across semiconductors. Most other lighting technologies use toxic levels of harmful gases, such as mercury, in combination with a filament to produce light. This limits the environmental impact of an LED to production processes and its minimal power requirement.
Since LEDs have a long lifetime and do not contain harmful gases, disposal is quite easy. All light sources that use harmful gases must be carefully disposed of to make sure that the gases do not get into the atmosphere. That usually means that they must be taken to a special recycling facility. On the other hand, LEDs can currently be safely disposed of in a regular landfill. Combined with the lifetime, disposal of LEDs is safe, easy, and infrequent. That beats the disposal of most other lights, which is a hassle, relatively frequent, and potentially dangerous if done wrong.
Your local utility wants your business to be more efficient and offer a host of incentives and rebates to offset efficiency projects. Verde Solutions is a qualified trade ally with major utilities across the Midwest including:
- Focus on Energy
To find out more about utility incentives in your area, please visit www.dsireusa.org or email Info@verdesolutions.com
Verde Solutions understands paying for a project out of your capital budget isn’t always the best option for your business’ cash flow. We offer energy efficiency financing to provide you with the lowest possible rates and flexible payback times.
- Financing your new energy equipment gives your business the most flexibility in controlling cash flow
- Dividing your equipment costs into monthly payments allows the energy savings from the equipment to pay for themselves
- No money down, and when combined with the energy savings, usually results in positive monthly cash flow
- Equal tax benefits as a capital purchase