Energy independence is capturing communities' imagination as never before, giving rise to new opportunities in the    development     of renewable energy projects and especially those that bring in storage technologies for added resilience.  While renewable energy opportunities still follow trends in state and local policy, they also emerge where planners, developers, and advocates are taking extra steps to innovate in local energy development.   Our networks and experience can help guide project developers in these areas, and build teams including architects, designers and policy specialists.  


Our services:

Assessment of local energy strategies; design and development of community scale renewable energy storage systems; strategic energy plans; local policy audits; and stakeholder engagement.

Direct Gain can help communities or larger regions to become great places for solar. We know how to showcase renewable energy installations so that their full spectrum of community benefits is evident.  We provide integrated solutions in renewable energy, backup power and storage, demand management and demand response systems, for:


  • new construction;

  • renovation including deep energy retrofits of historic structures;

  • commercial and industrial districts;

  • universities, hospitals, and other institutional campuses;

 Our experts:


  • Rick Alfandre – architecture including building-integrated PV
  • Steve Levine – project development
  • Mark Kapner – utility programs and economic development strategies
  • Neville Williams – project development
  • Melissa Everett – integration of renewables into sustainability initiatives
  • Steven Strong – building and neighborhood design
  • Gay Canough – system design and installation, and work force training

RE-START: Resilient Energy Systems for Critical Local Businesses


DGC has partnered with the State University of New York, University at Albany, to create a network of solar and energy storage solutions for critical local businesses such as convenience stores, bank ATMs, gas stations, and urgent care clinics,  increasing local energy security for emergencies while demonstrating new technologies coming from New York's innovation economy.

“The RE-START program is the type of innovative partnership that the University is cultivating as part of its Emerging Technologies and Innovation initiative. These partnerships hold the potential to connect our technologies with private industry and move them into the community.” 

James Dias, Ph.D., 
VP Research 
State University of New York, University at Albany