James Ortega

As the General Counsel for Pine Gate Renewables, James Ortega is responsible for managing the in-house legal department and supporting the company’s corporate, finance, development and M&A activities. James has negotiated tax equity and debt financing transactions for the construction of utility-scale solar power projects equaling almost 1 GW of renewable energy.

Prior to joining Pine Gate in 2016, he was the Assistant General Counsel for Strata Solar, where he negotiated tax equity and debt financing for utility-scale solar projects. Prior to entering the solar space, he worked in commercial real estate law.

As part of Pine Gate, he’s committed to the fast-paced, dynamic and evolving solar industry with ample opportunities for legal practitioners to provide impact.

“There is no existing playbook to draw on, therefore creative, solution-oriented problem solving is critical in this industry,” he says. “I am both inspired and challenged by the work we do every day.”

James is a member and former Chair of the board of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.