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Green Street Energy operates and invests in small to medium-scale commercial solar power installations.  Employing structuring and risk management expertise learned in the fixed income and commodity markets, our goal is to value and construct a diversified portfolio of solar generation assets.

Our business model seeks to encourage the flow of capital to the renewable energy sector while achieving attractive risk-adjusted returns for our investors and reducing execution risk for our partners.

Headquartered in New York City, Green Street’s management team has over 20 years of combined structured finance experience in the asset-backed, commodity, and renewable energy sectors. In addition, Green Street Energy has a wide range of resources that help its projects reach full potential.

Management Team

Nao Minami

Founding Principal/ Chief Executive Officer

Nao Minami was previously with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, responsible for energy-related derivatives and commodity futures trading within the $10 billion Global Alpha Fund. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, Nao was an investment officer in the financial engineering department at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw hedging strategies for a $20 billion emerging market portfolio. Nao holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Reed College.

Michael Cawthon

Principal/ Chief Investment Officer

Michael Cawthon was formerly with Goldman Sachs with oversight for the subprime and distressed mortgage whole loan trading businesses. Responsibilities included securitization issuance in the primary market, whole loan purchases & sales, with principal retention for both loans and securities. Michael holds a master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Arkansas.

Daniel Resnick

Director of Business Development

Dan Resnick has extensive experience in the solar industry, having held leadership positions on the origination, technology, and equipment manufacturing sides of the business. His work background reflects his strong interest in the development and promotion of renewable energy technologies. Dan holds a degree in Physics from Rutgers University.