Sustaining Remote Communities
Location: Rines Auditorium
The May installment of Portland’s Sustainability Series will feature Christopher R. Sauer, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC). will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 5:30pm in the Rines Auditorium of the Main Branch.
Chris Sauer shares how his company, Portland-headquartered ORPC, is working to improve people’s lives, and their environment, by providing sustainable energy solutions to remote communities in North America using the company’s proprietary marine renewable energy and a business model based on empowerment.
About the Speaker
Chris Sauer is ORPC’s senior executive officer and focuses on securing new investment and developing strategic partnerships for ORPC.
A professional engineer, energy entrepreneur, and strategic development consultant, he has more than 40 years of experience in executive management, engineering, construction, project development, marketing, financing, and startup company formation in the electricity, cogeneration, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. Involved in the energy transaction business since 1977, Chris has played an instrumental role in the development of more than $2 billion in energy assets and companies.
Through Chris’ leadership, ORPC has become a global leader in the marine renewable energy industry and received numerous awards including:
• 2016 National Hydropower Association Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award for Operational Excellence;
• 2013 Tibbetts Award as a Model of Excellence from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Innovation Research Program; and
• 2013 World’s Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Energy by Fast Company magazine
ORPC improves people’s lives, and their environment, through sustainable energy solutions. Constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation, ORPC brings marine renewable energy technology and project development solutions to its community and industrial partners, specializing in microgrid to utility-scale river and tidal energy applications, and underwater mobile power supplies for offshore energy applications. With a growth-oriented business model and an engaged workforce committed to collaboration with all stakeholders and customers, ORPC delivers practical, high performing, sustainable solutions that provide clean, affordable energy while ensuring positive economic results for all.
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Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate
Sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series will present a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative as we engage in these important issues and conversations.