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Manzana Solar ® is a Manzana Energy, Inc. company.

Manzana Solar is an alternative energy development company focused on
specialized projects in targeted market sectors.

As the development arm of Manzana Energy, Inc., Manzana Solar offers
brilliant energy solutions for governmental, non-profit, corporate, and
entertainment clients in the United States and Latin America.

The Manzana Solar management team consists of proven professionals from
various fields with expertise in organizing complex contracts and projects.

Our team is supplemented with best-of-class project partners including
finance, engineering, design, installation, and manufacturing experts from
around the world.

Find out more about the Manzana Team. <read team bios>

Manzana Energy, Inc.
includes companies
dedicated to deploying
innovative eco-friendly
projects and services.

Our goal is to reduce
the use of natural
resources, reduce
operating costs for
clients, and make a
positive impact in
our community.

Our companies develop
solar energy systems,
synthetic turf projects,
water conservation
programs,
energy
efficiency solutions, and
landfill diversion plans.

Art Castañares
CEO, Manzana Solar
Founder & Chairman, Manzana Energy, Inc.
art@manzanasolar.com

Art Castañares brings 22 years of public-sector and private-sector political, public policy, and
marketing experience to Manzana's management team.


As founder of Manzana Energy, Mr.
Castañares crafted an innovative approach to solar energy
projects to deliver powerful results for governmental and non-profit organizations. By combining
his background in strategic marketing with an extensive experience in public policy and finance,
he created new solutions to fit within the unique budget constraints of these specialized clients.

From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Castañares was President of Cornerstone Strategies, a San Diego-based
strategic consulting firm serving corporate and political clients. In addition to garnering agencies'
approvals for major private developments and commercial projects, Cornerstone also managed
community outreach campaigns and spearheaded successful legislative efforts.

Previously, Mr. Castañares served more than 13 years as staff to the California State Legislature,
both in San Diego and in the State Capitol, where his experience included policy development,
budget appropriations, legislation management, press relations, and community outreach.
Art worked closely with key legislative leaders and staff on important legislation dealing with the
reform and creation of local agencies, natural resources, fiscal policy, transportation, taxation,
and infrastructure. Mr. Casta
ñares also worked closely on four consecutive California state budgets
(each over $100 billion) through both surplus and deficit years, gaining valuable experience in
complex public finance and appropriation negotiations.

Mr. Castañares also earned an impressive winning record as campaign strategist to public office
candidates and ballot measures, including successful campaigns for the California State Legislature,
mayors, city councils, school boards, and local ballot propositions. Mr. Casta
ñares has also worked
on dozens of other local, state, and federal races, including two gubernatorial and three presidential campaigns, and today he continues to serve as an advisor to several elected officials and community organizations.

In recent years, Mr. Castañares held a SECRET clearance during work with the U.S. Department
of Defense on classified projects for government research agencies including DARPA and SPAWAR.
That work helped promote the deployment of new and emerging technologies in national
defense, counter-terrorism, and cyber-security around the world. The work-product was used by
the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, the White House National Security team, and congressional
leaders in their decision-making affecting the implementation of current and future technologies.

Mr. Castañares has also been active for more than 20 years with community organizations,
including the Board of Managers of the Borderview YMCA; AYSO Region 116 Board
of Directors; the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the
Tariq Khamisa Foundation Board of Trustees; Barrio Logan College Institute Founding Board;
and the Chicano Federation's Leadership Training Institute, as well as having served as
Chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party.

A frequent guest on television, radio, and online news outlets as a policy expert and political
analyst, Mr.
Castañares has been honored by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine as one of the
regionís ď40 under 40Ē, a recognition of San Diego's most-promising community and business
leaders under the age of forty.

When not working, Mr. Castañares most enjoys spending time with his family. He volunteers each
year to help coach his sonís Little League baseball team and soccer team, as well as his daughters'
soccer teams. Mr.
Castañares and his wife have four children and live in the City of Chula Vista.




Alan "Buzz" Fink
Vice-President
buzz@manzanasolar.com

Mr. Fink has over 28 years of sales, marketing, and business experience working with public and
governmental entities.

As Founder & President of Tactical Air Operations, Inc., Mr. Fink leads the first private company
to provide airborne training to US military personnel from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and
Army. Through the unique public-private partnership he designed, Mr. Fink has documented an
80% overall savings and has maintained a 600% better safety record compared to military-led
training programs. His expertise in contracts and negotiations with governmental agencies has
proven to be effective in achieving both cost-savings and higher efficiencies. Mr. Fink's company
was recently awarded a new, five-year contract to continue this innovative program.


Additionally, Mr. Fink is the President & Founder of Skydive San Diego, Inc. (SSD), a world-class
skydiving school that is in the top 5% of US drop zones based on annual jumps performed.
Mr. Fink has marketed and expanded SSD into the region's largest air sports company with modern
facilities and four corporate owned aircraft including a Cessna 208 Caravan, two DeHavilland
Twin Otters, and a Shorts 330 jump plane.


Mr. Fink previously served as a civilian employee to the United States Navy, NAS North Island,
as a Fleet Recreation and Community Activities Director, managing and marketing 15 business
entities and outreach programs reaching thousands of base personnel and their families.


A recognized aviation expert, Mr. Fink is currently serving his 11th consecutive year as Chairman
of the City of San Diego Airports Advisory Committee. In addition to serving as a Safety & Training
Advisor for the United States Parachute Association, Mr. Fink is also a professional skydiver with
over 6,100 skydives, including student instruction, professional exhibition, and recreational jumps.

 

Angelo Scolari

Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
angelo@manzanasolar.com

Mr. Scolari has over 20 years of development, sales, and operational experience in the energy,
equipment, and government utility sectors.

Previously, as principal and Vice President of Occidental Commerce Corp., Mr. Scolari was responsible
for all aspects of their international business development, financing, and entity organization, including
working with Mexicoís utility company, Comision Federal de Electricidal (CFE) and Mexicoís national
oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) on large infrastructure projects in power generation.
The majority of those projects were orchestrated through joint venture agreements with GE/Stewart
& Stevens, MTU/Samisa, Detroit Diesel Allison, and SUNNEK.

Mr. Scolari has most recently been involved with projects including a 43MW combined cycle power
plant for Electro Machala, Equador and a proposed 3-phase 55 MW wind power project for the state
government of Baja Californa, Mexico.

Mr. Scolari remains active in wind, combined cycle power, and solar projects in the US and Mexico.

 
 
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