Foster (to support; to champion) + Terra (land; the Earth) =
Fosterra: A consulting company dedicated to clean energy worldwide
Ben Foster has 20 years of experience in managing complex projects to build reliable solutions to urgent business, regional, and environmental challenges. As an industry leader, Ben has led over a dozen collaborative efforts to improve best practices and deploy them across the United States and in China through federally funded projects, industry whitepapers, best practice guides, and market-oriented training.
Formerly, Ben was the creator of the Optony Solutions Group, Americas and Senior Vice President for six years of this leading international provider of independent lifecycle management services for commercial and governmental renewable energy projects.
Previously, he was in the global business information industry working at the VP level for a diversified software company based in San Mateo, CA and at McGraw-Hill’s Business Information Group, the number one worldwide B2B resource for the Construction, Energy and Aviation industries. There he was responsible for driving revenue growth, operational excellence, building customer retention programs, and establishing business operations in Manila, Belfast, Delhi and Coimbatore.
Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MBA in International Business from Old Dominion University. He also earned the designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
Ben is an invited guest-speaker at international clean technology events and institutions including Denver University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, Peking University, the US EPA and Department of Energy on the topics of government energy strategy, clean energy economics, cleantech innovation, product lifecycle management and global supply chain operations.
He is currently on the Board of Directors for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley, and is a founding member of the Task Force on Clean Energy and Bond Finance. He was also on the California Schools of the Future task force for renewable energy, the California Solar Permitting Task Force and served on the elected Board of Directors for the University of Colorado, Boulder Alumni Association.
Fosterra has outstanding partners and on-call resources to serve the needs of our clients in all areas of clean energy strategy, planning and deployment. These include:
Colorado Energy Group (CEG) is a customer-focused strategic energy planning advisor to governments, utilities, homebuilders, developers and energy efficiency and renewable energy providers and suppliers. George Burmeister is the President of CEG. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, CEG has satellite offices in San Francisco, CA, Dallas, TX and Washington, DC.
Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a non-profit that develops and delivers solutions customized to help communities accomplish their sustainability goals. As we support our clients to reduce their consumption of natural resources, we also help them save money. SEI’s creative team of problem solvers encourages communities to adopt clean and efficient energy technologies and practices, while we facilitate valuable training people need to find work in the green economy.
Optony Inc. is a global research and consulting firm focused on enabling government, utility, and commercial organizations to bridge the gap between clean energy goals and real-world results. By leveraging our independence, domain expertise and unique market position, our clients are empowered to make informed decisions that reduce risks and deliver greater long-term returns on their investments.
We look forward to learning about your goals and helping you reach them!