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California renewable energy infrastructure company opens new Houston office

Pattern Energy, a California-based company with over 150 employees in Houston, revealed its new local office space. Photo courtesy

A company that's developing renewable energy projects has officially opened their new Houston office that will house its 150-person local development team.

Pattern Energy Group LP, headquartered in San Francisco, has moved its Houston operations into the Montrose Collective at 888 Westheimer Road. The new mixed-use complex developed by Radom Capital is home to restaurants, spas, and other retailers.

"We are doubling down on our commitment to Houston with an innovative new office that is designed to foster the collaborative nature of our work to develop some of America's most ambitious clean power projects," says Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy, in a June news release. "Leveraging Houston's top-notch energy workforce has been an important component of our success and we look forward to tapping the City's talent base for our continued growth.

Pattern Energy, which develops and operates wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects, has a portfolio of 36 renewable energy facilities that have an operating capacity of nearly 6,000 megawatts across the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico.

"This new space will help foster the ingenuity of our dedicated employees and their passion for our mission – to transition the world to renewable energy," Armistead, who's based locally, continues.

Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy, celebrated the company's new office last month. Photo courtesy

The company's development team is based in Houston and is currently working on the SunZia Transmission and Wind project in New Mexico and Arizona, which Pattern Energy describes as "the largest clean energy infrastructure project in U.S. history."

Also housed in the new office is the company's Operations Control Center, which provides 24/7 remote monitoring and control of Pattern Energy's renewable energy facilities. Other employees in the new space work on the meteorological, transmission, and energy trading teams.

"We chose the Montrose neighborhood based on our employee feedback," says Cary Kottler, chief development officer, who's also based in Houston. "To achieve our mission, we need to be energized – and Montrose has the vibrancy and atmosphere we were looking for. As we move forward with building a pipeline of truly exciting renewable energy projects, we are confident that this is the ideal location for our employees to write a new chapter in our history."

The new office lobby features a mural by local Houston artist DUAL.

The new office is in Montrose, a neighborhood that had the "vibrancy and atmosphere" Pattern Energy was looking for. Photo courtesy

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Prabhdeep Singh Sekhon, who previously held roles at companies such as NextEra Energy Resources and Hess, was named CEO of Gold H2. Photo courtesy of Golf H2

Cleantech startup Gold H2, a spinout of Houston-based energy biotech company Cemvita, has named oil and gas industry veteran Prabhdeep Singh Sekhon as its CEO.

Sekhon previously held roles at companies such as NextEra Energy Resources and Hess. Most recently, he was a leader on NextEra’s strategy and business development team.

Gold H2 uses microbes to convert oil and gas in old, uneconomical wells into clean hydrogen. The approach to generating clean hydrogen is part of a multibillion-dollar market.

Gold H2 spun out of Cemvita last year with Moji Karimi, co-founder of Cemvita, leading the transition. Gold H2 spun out after successfully piloting its microbial hydrogen technology, producing hydrogen below 80 cents per kilogram.

The Gold H2 venture had been a business unit within Cemvita.

“I was drawn to Gold H2 because of its innovative mission to support the U.S. economy in this historical energy transition,” Sekhon says in a news release. “Over the last few years, my team [at NextEra] was heavily focused on the commercialization of clean hydrogen. When I came across Gold H2, it was clear that it was superior to each of its counterparts in both cost and [carbon intensity].”

Gold H2 explains that oil and gas companies have wrestled for decades with what to do with exhausted oil fields. With Gold H2’s first-of-its-kind biotechnology, these companies can find productive uses for oil wells by producing clean hydrogen at a low cost, the startup says.

“There is so much opportunity ahead of Gold H2 as the first company to use microbes in the subsurface to create a clean energy source,” Sekhon says. “Driving this dynamic industry change to empower clean hydrogen fuel production will be extremely rewarding.”


This article originally ran on InnovationMap.

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