Brent Ritzel – Solar Project Developer

Brent Ritzel joined StraightUp Solar in 2015 as a Project Developer and has worked tirelessly since then to bring awareness of renewable energy to Southern Illinois and build enthusiasm for investment in clean energy throughout the region.

Brent was born and raised in Carbondale, Illinois. After completing his Bachelors in Philosophy from Northwestern University in 1990, he spent the following 19 years as a small business owner between Chicago and Denver. On returning to Carbondale, he began to focus on development & leadership of local non-profit organizations as well as community activism, all while finishing a Masters in Public Administration at SIU Carbondale.

Brent’s proficiency with renewable energy is bolstered by his involvement in other local clean tech ventures including Equitech International and in sustainable energy awareness & outreach events including the highly successful 2015 Carbondale Solar Conference.

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