About Us

Our Mission

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At Alliance Cooperative Energy, our mission is to work toward enabling a “greener” planet and healthier environment for all. Our goal is to provide quality leadership and expertise in the field of Alternative Energy solutions.

Who We Are

At Alliance Cooperative Energy, LLC, you won’t find a sales pitch, rather you’ll find a group of people who think solar is just pretty darn cool (this doesn’t mean they aren’t experts too!) and who want to see solar on more homes and businesses in the New Jersey and New York area. Our team will help you decide if your site is a good fit for solar and inform you on all the benefits you can receive when installing a system on your property. When our customers go solar, they feel confident in their decision and are as excited about the project as we are!

Not only are we committed to helping our customers make environmentally responsible buying decisions, our own environmental stewardship is demonstrated by our use of hybrid and/or electric vehicles, recycled paper products, and most importantly, using US made solar equipment whenever possible.

Lucky us– we have the perfect team to help us achieve our mission.

Our Team

Alliance Cooperative Energy has assembled our highly qualified team to enable new Green and Alternative Energy Solutions to become main-stream within the coming decade and beyond. Well designed, top quality, sustainable systems packaged with the correct financing will enable us to accomplish our goal of a GREENER planet and healthier environment for all.

James Van Ness, COO/Director of Engineering

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James co-founded Alliance Cooperative Energy (ACE) because of his passion for conservation, recycling and alternative energy. In addition to his electrical engineering and manufacturing background James brings in-depth knowledge of residential construction, electrical, plumbing, roofing, site development, zoning, variance and subdivision processes from the projects he has managed. James has had two careers with Honeywell, both pre and post Allied Signal, with a total of 10 years experience in various electrical engineering roles serving companies like Schering Plough (pharmaceuticals), Pfizer (medical devices) and the US Department of the Navy. With all his experience working in regulated environments, James feels right at home in the solar industry. Sandwiched in-between his stints at Honeywell; James spent 13 years at Howmedica (Orthopedics Division of Pfizer) in the Engineering and Operations Quality Departments

supporting manufacturing. Most of his engineering experience has been in Metrology, instrument calibration for advanced process control, CAD/CAM, networking, CNC machining and project management. James holds a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

James is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer.

Kathie Keller, CEO/Director of Marketing

After spending 19+ years in Corporate America, Kathie chose to co-found Alliance Cooperative Energy because she passionately believes that mainstreaming alternative energy options is the best way to leave the world in a better place then we found it. She understands that homeowners and commercial businesses will choose to help the environment and their community by going solar as long as it’s high quality, affordable and easy for them to do so. Kathie’s work with American Express, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Citigroup has included roles of increasing responsibility in organizational design and optimization, succession planning and executive coaching. Kathie holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Psychology from Rutgers University and an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Lauren Silva, Office Administrator

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Drew Van Ness, Lead Installer

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Danny Coad, Lead Installer

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