New Energy Appoints Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Andrew T. Farago
Columbia, MD – December 21, 2010 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NENE) today announced the appointment of its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Andrew T. Farago, who brings specific expertise with nurturing growth companies, building corporate partnerships, clean-tech finance, hedge-fund management and operations, and environmental law.
Mr. Farago has 16 years of investment, hedge fund, and legal experience in renewable and alternative energy. He is credited with helping grow assets under management from $20 million to over $800 million during his tenure at RNK Capital, LLC, a New York based investment management company, exclusively focused on energy, clean-tech, and the trading of environmental credits. In addition to operations and finance, Mr. Farago has negotiated and structured the purchase and sale of Renewal Energy Credits (RECs) with total notional value exceeding $40 million.
Mr. Farago was an early mover in the environmental credit trading markets including Carbon, Renewable Energy Credits (solar, wind, biomass, etc.), and emission reduction credits, among others. He has participated in numerous first-in-kind environmental transactions and has been an active investor in clean technology.
“Coming from an energy-centric career on Wall Street, Andrew brings to our Company a rare blend of talent and experience which includes corporate development, finance, alternative and renewable energy transactions, and environmental law,” explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President and CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “I’m proud to welcome Andrew to our team during this very exciting time, especially in light of the important progress we’ve made in recent quarters.”
In recent months, the Company has achieved significant milestones in the development of its novel, SolarWindow™ technology, capable of generating electricity on see-thru glass. Notably, last week, Dr. Steven Hegedus, validated the Company’s calculations for modeling the power output of SolarWindow™. Dr. Hegedus is an independent, widely-published expert and authority in photovoltaics, credited with more than 90 scientific publications related to thin film solar cell fabrication, characterization, manufacturing methods and reliability studies.
Click here to view December 15, 2010 press release, announcing independent validation of New Energy’s power production model for SolarWindow™:
Previously, the Company announced the expansion of its patent portfolio and exclusive worldwide commercial license to numerous discoveries important to achieving transparency and ease of manufacturing of SolarWindow™.
Click here to view December 1, 2010 press release, announcing expansion of patent portfolio and exclusive worldwide license for SolarWindow™: http://www.newenergytechnologiesinc.com/NENE20101201
In September, New Energy publically demonstrated a working prototype of the Company’s SolarWindow™ technology to a standing-room-only crowd of investors, academics, commercial glass companies, and members of the media, including: CNBC, CNN, The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times, The Oracle, NBC affiliate WFLA-TV Ch. 8, Bay News 9, WUSF Public Media, and global news service, Agence France Presse.
Unique to SolarWindow™, glass surfaces remain see-thru, and generate electricity in both natural and artificial light conditions, a feature demonstrated at the public unveiling of the technology. In artificial light, New Energy’s SolarWindow™ outperforms today’s commercial solar and thin-films by as much as 10-fold under low-intensity irradiance. Scientists also demonstrated the technology’s ability to generate ‘voltage’ to power lighting, and revealed SolarWindow’s capacity to produce ‘current’ necessary for powering mechanical devices and appliances.
Click here to view September 20, 2010 press release, announcing public debut of SolarWindow™:
“We’ve made important strides in the lab, and I look forward to working with Mr. Farago to aggressively advance our ground-breaking technologies towards full scale commercialization,” concluded Mr. Conklin.
“I am eager to be working with New Energy, whose developmental technology represents a compelling approach to both climate change and securing America’s future energy,” stated newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Andrew T. Farago.
Mr. Andrew T. Farago: Clean-tech, Finance, Law, and Environmental Trading Expert
Mr. Farago is a licensed attorney admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He was also previously FINRA Series 7, 63, 55, and 24 licensed. Mr. Farago holds a B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University and a JD from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Mr. Farago has over 16 years of experience as a practicing attorney, hedge fund and investment professional, and equity trader. A former Partner of Gemini Strategies, LLC, an investment management firm, Mr. Farago was responsible for due diligence and certain aspects of portfolio management of solar energy and environmental investments.
Prior to joining Gemini, Mr. Farago was employed by RNK Capital, LLC, an investment manager focused on long/short energy equity investments and environmental market strategies. He was instrumental in helping to raise assets under management (AUM) from $30 million to over $800 million during his tenure. He performed due diligence, negotiated and managed select private investment in public equity (PIPE) transactions and was an early mover and active investor focusing on solar and alternative energy investments.
Mr. Farago also negotiated, drafted and managed several first-in-kind and structured transactions in various domestic and international environmental markets including carbon (CERs, VERs, ERUs), renewable energy certificates, reclaim trading credits, SOx/NOx. He was the Chief Credit Officer responsible for negotiating credit on behalf of the funds with counterparties for various long term environmental transactions. Mr. Farago performed in-house document review, contract negotiation and drafting, trading and general business operations. Involved with investor relations, he was responsible for raising capital, preparing and maintaining marketing and due diligence materials.
Previously, Mr. Farago served as President and Securities Principal for Temper of the Times Investor Services, Inc. responsible for overseeing and expanding the general operations of the business. He also has worked as an equity trader with Schonfeld Securities, LLC, a proprietary equities trading firm, where he managed the trading activity of new and mid-level equities traders.
Mr. Andrew T. Farago has unique experience in alternative energy, environmental markets and laws and has negotiated structured transactions and credit support mechanisms for carbon, various state regulated emissions, and over 1,250,000 RECs purchased and sold in various states with a total notional value exceeding $40 million.
Mr. Farago began his career as a practicing attorney for Prudential Securities, Inc. handling trading and investment related matters, and he also worked at AIG, Inc. in environmental litigation.
SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. creates transparent electricity-generating liquid coatings. When applied to glass or plastics, these coatings convert passive windows and other materials into electricity generators under natural, artificial, low, shaded, and even reflected light conditions.
Our liquid coating technology has been presented to members of the U.S. Congress and received recognition in numerous industry publications. Our SolarWindow™ technology may generate 50-times the power of a conventional rooftop solar system and may achieve a one-year payback when installed on all four sides of a 50-story building, according to independently-validated power and financial modeling.
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The company's Proprietary Power Production & Financial Model (Power & Financial Model) uses photovoltaic (PV) modeling calculations, which are consistent with renewable energy practitioner standards for assessing, evaluating and estimating renewable energy for a PV project. The Power & Financial Model estimator takes into consideration building geographic location, solar radiation for flat-plate collectors (SolarWindow™ irradiance is derated to account for 360 degrees building orientation and vertical installation), climate zone energy use and generalized skyscraper building characteristics when estimating PV power and energy production, and carbon dioxide equivalents. Actual power, energy production and carbon dioxide equivalents modeled may vary based upon building-to-building situational characteristics and varying installation methodologies.
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