Meet our team
Our team combines years of renewable energy development experience and a deep understanding of the new technologies available for onsite energy generation. We undertake a rigorous economic and technical evaluation in order to find ways developers can add additional value to projects.
CEO & Co-Founder
James McGinniss is an expert in modern grid design and technologies, ranging from solar + storage to CHP/Cogen. While studying Engineering at the University of Texas-Austin, he researched all aspects of energy markets and next generation grid infrastructure design. In lieu of pursuing his PhD in battery storage science, he helped found David Energy.
While at UT, James also founded and led a team of 30+ engineers that competed in the Elon Musk led SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, where teams were invited to build pods to race on a one-mile test track. They won the SpaceX Innovation Award after two years spent building their prototype, one of three teams to be recognized.
James has extensive experience designing and deploying rooftop solar and residential behind the meter storage projects in the Texas market for Alba Energy, a Texas based solar installation company.
He holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Physics and Math.
B.S. in Physics & Math, Magna Cum Laude
M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering
Design and deployment for Alba Energy
Participation in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition and recipient of the SpaceX Innovation Award
Brian Maxwell has 9 years of experience in the energy development and has a deep understanding of all aspects of energy use and design. Prior to David Energy, Brian co-founded NowSolar Inc and EastEdge Energy G.K. where he built large scale solar and wind developments around the world.
At EastEdge Energy Brian originated 200MW of solar projects around Japan and formed a joint venture agreement with Invenergy LLC for co-development of the portfolio. 80MW of the portfolio are currently under construction and the remainder of the portfolio is being co-developed with Softbank Energy.
Brian has also worked worked at the Cato Institute, a prominent Washington D.C. think tank, as an energy and environmental policy researcher. He holds a B.S.c (Honors) in Geology and Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
B.S.c (Honors) in Geology & Economics
9 years in energy development
Co-founder of NowSolar Inc and EastEdge Energy
Research at the Cato Institute
CTO & Co-Founder
Ahmed brings over 15 years of experience in the building automation and energy management industry. Ahmed has previously held senior project manager and engineering roles at multiple companies internationally and around the United States including multinational companies such as Siemens Building Solutions and Schneider Electric.
Ahmed currently is a Director of Engineering at R3 Energy, along with his David Energy CTO role. He developed the EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System for R3 Energy, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system focusing on monitoring and optimizing building operations and the execution of Demand Response and other demand management measures.
Ahmed’s responsibilities include overseeing the energy and automation engineering department and product development.
Ahmed holds a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a certified Building Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment Professional.
HELWAN UNIVERSITY CAIRO
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
13 years of experience in the building automation and energy industry
Developer of EcoGenesis SmartGrid® Energy Management System, a NYSERDA approved RTEM system