Management

William J. Garnett, Managing Director

Mr. Garnett is a veteran Financier and deal-maker known for his knowledge, integrity and extensive relationships. Clean and Renewable Energy Funding (CARE Funding) is a renewable energy project development and project financing firm. As Managing Director, Mr. Garnett has been involved with numerous projects for hospitals, nonprofits, local and federal government agencies and businesses nationwide. Mr. Garnett is also a Managing Director of Janas Consulting, a division of the investment bank Janas Corp.  which is a management and financial advisory firm. Mr. Garnett is focused on clients active in renewable and clean energy project finance and general corporate financing.

 

Previously, Mr. Garnett led National City Enregy Capital's renewable energy and energy conservation financing business development nationwide. His group generated analyzed, structured and funded over $350 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationally, including over 8MW of solar photovoltaic project for a California state agency, 10MW of cogeneration for the US Army, 15MW of portable cogeneration for a major natural gas pipeline company, over $20 million in energy efficiency projects for the Veterans Administration, as well as numerous smaller cogeneration, Solar PV, energy efficiency projects for hospitals, colleges, universities and businesses throughout North America. His group also generated over $400 million of general business equipment lease financing nationwide.  

 

Mr. Garnett has extensive experience in equipment leasing and vendor finance. He spent over 20 years as founder and owner of a nationally recognized equipment leasing company. He has implemented vendor financing programs for companies including BP Solar, Xerox, Crown Bus Company and Cal Air/JCI among others. He has served as a board member of the Equipment Lessors Association and has been a frequent panelist and speaker at renewable energy project financing conferences .

 

Mr. Garnett holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics from Loyola University, Los Angeles. 

 

 

CREF Team

Kaylynn Kim

Director,

Legal and Site Entitlement Services

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylynn Kim is an accomplished attorney with project development experience in several renewable energy disciplines including both solar and geothermal projects. Kaylynn brings a wealth of renewable energy knowledge, national and international contacts and her legal and project site entitlement expertise to CREF.

 

Ms. Kim has provided investment banking and financial advisory services to municipalities throughout California. Ms. Kim has worked on utility scale solar energy projects, distributed solar energy generation facilities, advanced vehicle technologies, state‐of‐the art security system integration programs for major US airports and ports, and tribal energy programs with New Markets Tax Credit.

 

Prior to joining Clean & Renewable Energy Funding , Ms. Kim was Senior Counsel at a law firm, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, where she specialized in renewable energy, land use, and real estate and finance laws. Ms. Kim’s accomplishments are not limited to law practice and business, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by Los Angeles City Council on September 9, 2005. Ms. Kim resigned from the Board of Harbor Commissioners on June 30, 2011.

 

Ms. Kim and her fellow Los Angeles Harbor Commissioners partnered with the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and took unprecedented action by approving the landmark San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan in November 2006. The Clean Air Action Plan provides a comprehensive strategy for reducing air emissions from port operations by nearly 50 percent over a period of five years. Their efforts yielded the first joint meeting of the leaders of the two ports since the 1920s and the first‐ever public meeting of the two Boards on November 20, 2006, the day the Plan was approved. During her six‐year tenure as a Port of Los Angeles Commissioner, she served many prestigious committees including Intermodal Terminal Facility Committee, Electrification of the Port Committee, Business Development & Leasing Committee, and International Trade Committee.

 

In the later years of her public life, Ms. Kim served a prestigious 15‐member advisory board, The California Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Panel, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. The panel completed its tasks by completing State’s policy guidelines which was published in January 2011.

 

Ms. Kim currently serves on the Governing Board of numerous civic and non‐profit organizations including Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, VerdExchange (VX) 2012 Green Marketer’s Conference (Los Angeles, January 2012), Los Angeles Community College District Foundation Board, and Koreatown Youth and Community Center.