Trusted Energy™ was founded as a full-service renewable energy company. Trusted Energy™ provides Engineering, Design, Installation, and Maintenance of renewable energy projects for Farms, Businesses, Homes, and Municipalities.
Trusted Energy™ is dedicated to providing our customers with great service. We continually educate our technicians to ensure that our installations exceed the expectations of our clients. We look forward to helping you with your next renewable energy project. Contact us today for more information on our services and products.
We are trusted as an industry leader in renewable energy design and installation. We achieve our vision by maintaining the highest standards of customer satisfaction. This is accomplished through rigorous training for our technicians, installation of high quality renewable energy products, and excellent communication with our customers.
• To be a viable and profitable business through installation of the highest quality projects.
• To provide fairness and equity in all of our relationships.
• Embrace our responsibility for present and future generations.
• Provide technical excellence to maximize quality, longevity and cost effectiveness of our renewable energy projects.
• Cultivate personal and professional growth in our workplaces with a team-oriented atmosphere.
Our team is a group of seasoned professionals with over 100 years of combined experience in the wind, solar and biogas industry. The team is a group of A-players with a proven track record of developing and installing close to 5,000MW of renewable generation. From contracted development and construction services all the way to turnkey project development, Trusted delivers projects and services that meet and exceed our customers expectations.
Rob has been working in the wind industry since 1994. In 2008, Rob was able to successfully raise $750,000 in equity funds to grow the company from 7 employees to its current standing of 33 employees. At the same time Rob, has increased revenues a multiple of 6 times. During Rob’s career, he has participated in every aspect of wind and solar project development and aspects of project construction as well as operations and maintenance. He has been recognized by the Federal Government, the State of Iowa, his Peers and the Industry as a leader in Renewable Energy. Rob is an active member of many renewable energy associations and organizations including being a board member of the Iowa Wind Energy Association.
Tony Petersen is a seasoned sales management professional with the expertise to manage a large sales force. Tony is the past Executive Vice President of Sales for Cycle Country Accessories Corp, Director of Sales at Kolpin and Territory Manager at Crysteel MFG. While at Cycle Country, Tony was able to implement sustained increases in product pre-season sales from an average of $4 million to an average of $8 million within a $12 million dollar annual product line. Throughout his career he was always the company’s top earner and progressive thinker. Tony’s focus has always been solidifying solid business relationships based total mutual trust and a high standard of ethics. As a testament to his ability during his 8 years at Crysteel he took his territory from $3M to $15M while decreasing the amount of dealers and increasing profitability through customer training, strong business relationships and trust.
Michelle Arenson is a veteran of the regulated and unregulated utility business. Michelle started her career as an attorney in private practice. In 1998 Michelle took a position in the legal department of Alliant Energy. Michelle held several positions in the legal department, ultimately serving as General Counsel of some of Alliant Energy unregulated affiliates, managing the commercial practice division of the company, and leading several M&A transactions prior to leaving the legal department to start Alliant Energy’s wind division in 2007. Michelle lead site acquisition, greenfield development, construction and operations for the wind fleet, building a standalone division to develop, operate and maintain Alliant Energy’s wind fleet. Michelle has an established reputation in developing performance-based, cost-effective solutions through comprehensive skills incorporating innovative management techniques. Michelle excels at leading multi functional teams and completing projects within time and budget constraints.
KEN HACH – Wind Energy Pioneer
Ken is a lifelong entrepreneur in wind energy development. Starting in 1977, Ken knew after the second energy embargo that the government wasn’t going to fix this energy crisis and he decided to jump into renewable energy. As one of the foremost experts on utility scale wind farm development. Ken has developed the 3 of the largest wind farms in the United State in 1998 and 1999. Ken has received numerous awards over the years and the most reason was the Friends of Wind Energy from the Iowa Wind Energy Association for this efforts in developing state policy that later spurred the growth of the wind industry in Iowa.
David is a highly experienced energy industry professional. His background ranges from demand side management to operations management. Specializing in the renewable sector, he has held responsibility for planning, development, construction, and operations of wind assets totaling $1.5 billion in the regulated and non-regulated utility industry. With a proven track record of successfully managing an annual operations budget of approximately $40 million, he applies keen business acumen to his decisions. Holding responsibility for renewable generation assets, he led a cross-functional team developing a hybrid-maintenance business model yielding approximately 30% annual reductions in operations expense while achieving a ZERO injuries.
Dewey has over ten years working in the wind industry. Previously, Mr. Higgins worked for DeWind, a Korean wind turbine manufacture as part of their operations team as well as their Health and Safety Coordinator. Dewey has experience in remote and local monitoring of US turbine fleet. He managed various construction and turbine commissioning projects as well as managing the maintenance of both the scheduled and unscheduled turbine service. Mr. Higgins has been cited for developing many of the processes and procedures implemented for DeWind’s domestic fleet. Prior to DeWind, Dewey worked domestically for the European wind turbine maintenance company, B9 Energy, working on a broad number of turbine manufacturers’ wind turbines. Mr. Higgins started in the wind industry for Granite Services after receiving his degree from Iowa Lake Community College in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology. He is retired National Guard, where he is a two-time recipient of the Iowa National Guard Achievement Medal as well as receiving the Humanitarian Service Award.
JOSH NIEMEIER – Project Manager
Josh has directed over $4.3 M in wind and solar construction projects. Supervised construction project scheduling, organization and work activities. Conferred throughout process with supervisors, owners, contractors and designers. Acted to resolve construction problems and complaints. Prepared contracts with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors. Kept records of costs and spending. Represented property owners to other employees. Inspected projects and monitored compliance to building, safety, and other regulations. Directed worker selection, contracting and supervision. Completed projects successfully. Josh has over 8 years working in the wind industry and over 20 years working in construction management.
VERONICA MCFADDEN – Vice-President of Asset Financing
Veronica McFadden is responsible for project development. Previously, Veronica owned and managed her own retail business in Storm Lake, Iowa for four years. Prior to starting her own business Veronica worked as a Project Director with Upper Des Moines Opportunity developing, implementing, and managing a federal grant project in addition to writing grant applications. Veronica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Buena Vista University and an MBA from Bellevue University with a major in Finance.
Cindy Greer – Accountant
Cindy recently joined the Trusted Energy team as accountant. She is responsible for financial reporting and budgeting, managing cash flow and vendor relationships, establishing and implementing internal controls and ensuring compliance with the law and company policies. She balances asset stewardship with entrepreneurial risk. For 20 years, Cindy was the CFO of a $14M medical rehab facility she helped build from ground zero and spent another 10 years as the owner of a medical billing company. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1981 with a BA in Industrial Administration, received her CPA certification in 1982 and her CMA certification in 1991.
April managed easement contract creation with individual and corporate landowners for wind-electric projects, contacted out of state County Recorders and Abstract offices to obtain legal descriptions, elevations and existing leans and easements. Is responsible for researching corporate ownership’s and absentee landowners as well as assisted with turbine locations by evaluating elevations and topography. Was responsible for registering completed easement documents.