plant, 7.5MW E-Power project, and 2.4MW Co-Gen in development at major hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Millar is a current board member of the AEE Capital Chapter and holds CEM, CBCP, and EBCP certifications. A U.S Navy Veteran (1984-1988), Doug has a BS in Finance from Rutgers University, as well as professional certifications from New York University and the Johnson Controls Institute of Milwaukee, further cultivating his industry expertise.

VP of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Doug Millar has over 25 years of experience with proven success in the field of business and energy. With extensive experience in energy management and mechanical systems, Doug’s knowledge and capabilities are especially significant in the use of electrical generators. Mr. Millar has managed multimillion dollar projects for key university, government, and privately owned building clients throughout the U.S, having executed services for the United States government in Alaska, California Arizona, and Texas. Additionally, his 

Doug Millar

expertise includes the design and installation of combined heat and power projects (co-generation), generators with gas turbines and reciprocating engineers, as well as automatic transfer switches. Mr. Millar’s notable, current work includes the DBOOM of a 1.2MW Co-Gen 

Friday, January 26th: Utility and Commercial-Scale Solar Projects​​

Event Schedule

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm   

Set-up, registration, and networking

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm  

Lunch and Introductory Remarks

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm   

Speaker Presentations

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm   

Q&A, Closing 

Location Information

GMU Campus map for details regarding building location and parking.

Johnson Center Ground Floor Room Layout map for room location details 

Our January 26th National Capital Chapter meeting will focus on utility and commercial scale photo-voltaic projects.  The panel will represent the full range of issues involved in large solar projects, from the design stage, through interfacing with the local utility, the various aspects of project construction and then the long-term maintenance expectations. Panel participants bring perspectives from the developer, utility, and military communities. 

organizations. Mr. Finnerty’s previous work in the renewable-energy sector included bringing advanced regenerating electric propulsion systems for sailboats to international markets. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal.

Mark Walker

As Director of Project Development for Standard Solar, Mr. Finnerty is focused on guiding organizations to develop, implement and achieve innovative renewable-energy projects.  At Standard Solar, Mr. Finnerty advances business development, job growth and mentoring goals with a focus on growing local-generation markets in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Delaware.  Mr. Finnerty organizes expert engineering, construction, finance, and operations teams to deliver innovative, market-leading solar and emerging storage projects for clients. Central to his success is applying current public-policy benefits while advocating for policies that sustain market growth.  Mr. Finnerty is a member of the Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, and Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association’s Delaware Tech Energy Advisory Board and is active with industry 


Mark Walker has 34 years of project experience since graduating from VPI with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.  Mark began his career in industrial controls completing 15 years in the aluminum industry as Division Manager of Technology and Capital Program for the sheet and plate aerospace business unit of Reynolds/Alcoa; Manager of Business Development for 6 years at a regional EPC firm and 3 years with a renewal energy startup business as VP of Project Management before joining Dominion in 2008.  Since joining Dominion as a Project Manager on $1.8B Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center capital project in Southwestern Virginia, Mark was promoted in 2014 to Manager - Generation Projects overseeing utility scale solar program including over 50 acquisitions, technical diligence and project execution teams in CA, UT, GA, SC, NC, and VA.  In addition to enjoying a great career, Mark enjoys outdoor sports including hiking, hunting, fishing, and working on his farm in southwest Virginia.

As an Energy Director for the US Department of Defense, Mr. Benson is responsible for leading global energy teams and managing comprehensive energy programs across 11 Regions and 70 Installations with support  from over 52,000 personnel, infrastructure valued at $217 Billion and a utility budget of $1 Billion.  Mr. Benson is an energy and sustainability executive with significant experience in leading and developing cost-effective energy programs focused on facilities & utilities management, engineering, contracting, negotiations and operational excellence. He has served as Director of Public Works both overseas and stateside, producing significant results and enhancing mission readiness and developed sustainable and comprehensive energy programs and project portfolios, reducing energy intensity by 27% with significant annual cost savings.   Mr. Benson has been recognized with “Best in Type” Awards from Department of Navy (DoN), Department of Energy (DoE) and the White House and was selected as the global 2015 Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineer of the Year.

John Finnerty

Keith Benson


Friday, January 26, 2018 from 1-4pm EST


George Mason University - Johnson Center Room G19 (Gold Room)
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030