About Sunrise Energy Ventures

Sunrise Energy Ventures is a solar energy development company bringing high-quality solar energy to communities across the United States. We offer vast expertise, industry knowledge, and business acumen to build and deliver solar energy projects that provide communities a sustainable source of clean energy and investors a viable and high-value asset providing a meaningful and stable return on investment.

The success of our many projects is a result of our ability to work effectively with a range of valued stakeholders – from landowners to zoning authorities to utilities. Our trust-based and collaborative relationships ensure the best, highest quality solar projects that deliver clean energy for decades to come.

Our Mission

We develop EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY SOLAR INSTALLATIONS that provide communities with clean, affordable energy and investors with a steady and significant return on their investment.

Values + Ethics

Our relationships are based on TRUST, created and built over our many years in the energy business. EVERYTHING WE DO is guided by values and ethics that are the foundation of our business, our history and our future:

We are honest,
transparent and ethical

We are respectful
of others

We follow all laws
and regulations

We fulfill our
business commitments


Mark Zwieg

Project Development Manager

Mark Zwieg has nearly 15 years of experience in the electric utility and renewable energy industries. Prior to Sunrise, Mark was a Land Development Manager for SunEdison where he managed all development activities including land use permitting, civil design, and interconnection associated with the 100+ MW Minnesota Xcel Energy community solar garden portfolio. Prior to SunEdison, Mark served as the Director of Land for Clean Energy Collective, directing the land acquisition and Local, State, and National permitting activities of over 50MW of community solar garden projects throughout the United States.

Michael Cathcart

Project Development Associate

Michael Cathcart has nearly 10 years of marketing and business development experience, most recently in the highly regulated food and beverage processing industry. Michael is responsible for the execution of marketing programs for Sunrise, as well as the strategic direction for prior business units. Michael has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Meron Demissie

 Engineering Manager 

Meron Demissie leads the engineering work at Sunrise, with experience designing substations for utility clients and construction firms. She previously worked in renewable energy on construction sites for wind farms throughout the United States. Meron is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota with an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, a BSC in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a BA in applied science from Concordia College.


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