Direct Gain Consulting, LLC

Resilient Communities


Energy independence is capturing communities' imagination as never before, giving rise to new opportunities in the development of renewable energy projects especially those that bring in storage technologies for added resilience.  While renewable energy opportunities still follow state and local policy trends, 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