Rob Freeman is an advisor to Savion, LLC and a member of its board of directors. He served as CEO of Savion from its founding in March of 2019 to December 2020. Savion emerged as an industry-leading organization following Macquarie’s Green Investment Group’s (GIG) acquisition of the solar and energy storage unit of Tradewind Energy in 2019.
Prior to Savion, Mr. Freeman was a co-founder and served as CEO and a board member of Tradewind Energy, Inc. Tradewind was started in 2003 from scratch in Kansas City with funding from local angel investors. The company developed large-scale wind and solar power projects and became one of the country’s largest independent developers. In 2006, Mr. Freeman led the formation of a partnership between Tradewind and Enel SpA. Enel is based in Rome, Italy, and is one of the largest owners of renewable energy projects in the world. The Tradewind/Enel partnership completed over $5 billion of wind and solar projects in the U.S. between 2006 and 2019.
Before founding Tradewind, Mr. Freeman was Senior Vice President of Capacity Services-Global for Aquila, Inc., a Fortune 60 energy company based in Kansas City. In that position, Mr. Freeman was responsible for developing and acquiring gas storage facilities and independent power projects in Europe and Canada.
Mr. Freeman has been consistently involved in starting and expanding businesses over the past 30 years, including several in the energy industry. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, he earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas and his B.S. in Geology from the University of Missouri. He has strong business ties throughout the U.S., particularly in the renewable energy space.
Presently, Mr. Freeman serves as a board member for the American Clean Power Association (ACP) and formerly served on the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). In 2017, Mr. Freeman was named to the global “Top 100 Power People in Wind Energy,” issued by A Word About Wind, Ltd.