Matt Cheney has 45 years’ experience in international development, engineering, finance, entrepreneurship & investing, business and balancing commercial initiatives with philanthropic endeavors. He has worked and lived extensively overseas, including 1 year in Kenya (East African Community), 6 years in Bolivia (USAID, 6 years in The Netherlands (Nuon), Puerto Rico and Indonesia, among others. With USAID in Bolivia, he received US State Department commendations for extraordinary contribution in potable water and rural electrification relying on renewable energy technology. In 1994, he returned to Washington D.C. to the UPVG/SEPA, the USDOE, and the NRECA. In 1999, he joined Nuon NV, the Dutch multi-utility, to lead M & A, renewable power, and carbon mitigation, where he conducted the first carbon mitigation transaction between The Netherlands and the State of New Jersey. In 2001, Matt brought the PV Power Purchase Agreement into Green Mountain Energy, the same year he implemented the first Community Solar Program. Nuon developed 4,000 megawatts globally of wind and solar energy by 2004.
In 2004, Matt acquired subsidiary of Nuon which merged with MMA Financial in 2006. MMA Renewable Ventures developed solar nationwide, including Nellis AFB in 2006. Renewable Ventures merged with Fotowatio in 2009, then with SunEdison in 2010. In 2011, Matt formed CleanPath Ventures and raised a USD 800 million development fund to sponsor 1.5 GW of solar. Cleanpath was sold to Asian interests in 2015, leading to two new development platforms: Conveyance Capital Partners and CleanPath Emerging Markets (Sub-Saharan Africa). Regarding his dedication to not-for-profit initiatives, he founded Black Rock Solar/Labs in 2006, which provides rural access to clean energy. He serves on various boards and mentors start-up companies. He holds a BS from American University and a Master from Johns Hopkins SAIS.