Custom solutions and growing results.
Kenyon Energy is one of the nation’s leading developer, owner and operator of solar energy projects. We take great pride in providing excellent customer service, while developing cost-effective, turnkey, and creative solar energy solutions for a diverse set of customers, including utilities, municipalities, schools and universities, federal and state government facilities, small and large industrial facilities, and Fortune 500 companies.
Based in Safety Harbor, Florida with offices around the U.S., Kenyon Energy is strategically and uniquely positioned to work with you to provide a business solution for a solar energy project that meets your specific needs.
As we continue to develop projects across the country, we look forward to working with you to understand your interests and needs so that we can deliver a solution that provides economic benefit to your organization.
We take great pride in working to help provide clean energy solutions that reduce environmental impacts of energy generation, aid in economic development in local communities through capital investment, increase tax revenues, and support job growth. If your organization is interested in solar energy, let us know, and we will be glad to provide a turnkey solution that is customized to meet your needs.
Meet the Team
Clay M. Biddinger Chairman & CEO
Clay M. Biddinger - Chairman & CEO
Clay is founder, Chairman and CEO of Sun Financial. He also serves as Chairman/Managing Partner of the Biddinger Family Foundation and his family partnership Tomstemark, LP. Previously he founded and led Sun Financial Group and Bay4 Capital.
With over 35 years of experience, Clay brings his strategic and financial background to the helm of Kenyon Energy. In addition to leading our vision for the future of renewable energy, Clay develops and maintains many of the close working relationships that we value.
Ray Gonzalez President
Ray Gonzalez - President
Ray has worked with the Kenyon Energy team for 12 years and has held various management positions in Operations and Finance within Bay4 Capital and GE Capital Technology Finance including responsibility for strategic combinations and partnerships. Ray has prior experience running operating companies and spent 8 years with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) working with Fortune 100 companies on business process re-engineering.
A proven business and thought leader, Ray has a philosophy of efficiency and effectiveness. No detail is too small and nothing is overlooked in his mission of delivering solar energy solutions to our customers.
Ray earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Florida.
Brian A. Whitmire Chief Investment Officer
Brian A. Whitmire - Chief Investment Officer
Brian is Chief Investment Officer of Kenyon Energy. Prior to Kenyon Energy, Brian was Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for GE Capital Technology Finance. At GE, Brian was responsible for the business unit’s Sales, Risk, Operations, and IT functions.
Brian joined GE following the acquisition of Bay4 Capital, where he served as Managing Director. Prior to Bay4, Brian was Chief Investment Officer for GATX Capital Technology Services, responsible for overall investment strategy as well as the management of Credit, Sales, Pricing, and Funding for the group’s North American operations.
Brian began his financial services career with Sun Financial Group, Inc., where he held various positions as part of Sun’s management team.
Brian received his BA in Economics from Davidson College.
Rob Taylor Chief Financial Officer
Rob Taylor - Chief Financial Officer
Rob joined Kenyon Energy as the Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Rob brings with him 30 years of finance and accounting experience across varying industries and countries, including time at Ernst & Young in both the Assurance and Transaction Advisory Service practices. In 2016, Rob was named the Overall Winner and the Medium Private Business Category Winner in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards. Rob is known for his operational finance expertise and for bridging the gap between finance and operations. Rob earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation in Ontario and also received a Certified Professional Accountant certificate in Illinois.
Jose R. Garmendia Chief Operating Officer
Jose R. Garmendia - Chief Operating Officer
Jose’s responsibilities include developing and implementing policies and procedures within Kenyon Energy, incorporating appropriate compliance and controls throughout the business, enhancing reporting capabilities for continuous organizational improvement, and managing all back-office operations including customer service and sales support. Jose has worked in Finance and Operations at Sun Financial Group, GATX Capital Technology Services, GE Capital Technology Finance and most recently at PODS Enterprises. Jose previously worked at Grant Thornton, LLP, in the Business Advisory Services group where he was focused on IT external audit, business process improvement, SAS 70, SOX 404 and corporate governance. Jose earned his bachelor’s degree in International Business from Auburn University, and his master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Cliff Gould General Counsel
Cliff Gould - General Counsel
Cliff has served as General Counsel and adviser to the Board of Directors to renewable energy companies since 1999. During that time, Cliff has spearheaded efforts to raise equity capital from venture-backed funds and private equity firms; helped develop strategy and execution of operating plans to create value and growth; and structured, negotiated, closed, and restructured renewable energy projects with sophisticated debt-financing and tax-equity transactions for solar and waste-to-energy facilities. Cliff has strong problem-solving and risk management skills developed in growth-oriented companies, and is an experienced hands-on point person for merger, acquisition and deal making activities as well as regulatory management and compliance efforts in solar and energy companies. Cliff holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where he served on the Emory Law Journal Board of Editors.
Hugh Tarpley Executive Vice President of Project Development
Hugh Tarpley - Executive Vice President of Project Development
Hugh Tarpley joined Kenyon Energy in April 2015. Hugh has 35 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to join Kenyon, Hugh was the co-founder and co-owner of Valos Solar Ventures, a solar development company. Hugh also was a co-founder and co-owner of Complete Energy which owned and operated 1,850 MWs of gas-fired generation.
Hugh also served as Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions for Dynegy and US Country Manager –Americas for British Gas.
Michael Dykstra Senior Vice President
Michael Dykstra - Senior Vice President
Mike is a seasoned, seven-year solar industry veteran with coast to coast experience. He has successfully originated, developed, and commissioned commercial-scale projects in 15 states in support of building Kenyon Energy’s portfolio.
Mike is responsible for originating solar projects for Kenyon Energy to acquire. Leveraging his extensive knowledge in project finance, utility regulation, and EPC, Mike works closely with the company’s origination partners to structure project-level and portfolio funding solutions.
Mike is also a veteran business executive. His career spans management consulting with Price Waterhouse, senior tenures with two Fortune 500 Companies, and the leadership of two private high tech companies.
Mike earned his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.