November is Military Family Appreciation Month

In Honor of Veteran's Day this past November 11th, and Military Family Appreciation Month; we highlight these heroes on our staff for their service and dedication to our country.

Our Staff Heroes
Mark Russell, Vice President - Business Development

Colonel (Ret) Mark Russell Enlisted in the United States Army in August 1987 to pay for college. His grand plan was three-year enlistment and go into the business world.  Clearly, he was sidetracked and went on to ROTC, served twenty-five years with three wartime deployments, and several overseas tours. Besides meeting his wife at the Captain's Career Course, Mark’s career highlight was serving as the Commanding Officer of the Army’s Communications Repair School in Augusta, GA.
Finally, his wish of the civilian business world came true in 2014 when he began a career in the utility industry. He often tells war stories (most of them we don’t believe), but it is evident he misses the military and the relationships and bonds with his fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines by his passionate tales. Mark channels that same passion as our VP of Business Development and utilizes a common bond we have with veterans to break down barriers and develop long-term relationships.
Roger Halbakken, Senior Project Developer

Halbakken served on active duty in the US Navy from June 1980 to June 1986 as a Machinist Mate. He made three Western Pacific deployments aboard the USS Ogden (LPD-5) during that time. His responsibilities included operating and maintaining shipboard propulsion equipment and shipboard electrical generating equipment.

“My time in the Navy gave me both a skillset that led me into well-paying jobs operating power plants in the civilian sector, as well as helping me learn discipline, self-confidence, and teamwork skills necessary to earn my college degree and advance further into the utility/power sector. I don’t believe I would have accomplished nearly as much as I have so far in my career had I not served in the Navy, and still have an expectation to accomplish much more.”
George "Nick" Schwager, Senior Transmission Analyst

Schwager enlisted in the United States Air Force from Jan 1992 to Mar 1994 as a Ground Radio Communications Specialist where he served in the 416th Bomb Wing at Griffiss Air Force Base, New York. He later transferred into the Missouri Air National Guard from Mar 1994 to Sep 1998 where he worked in an Engineering and Installation unit stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri.

Schwager is able to channel his experiences of working with diverse groups of people with different backgrounds and skills, to accomplish a singular mission with the NRS Team and its' projects today.
We are honored to have these heroes on our staff!
Thank you to you and your family's service and sacrifice for our country!
Meet Our New Team Members
Roger Halbakken, Senior Project Developer

Roger “Hal” Halbakken specializes in the development of solar, storage, and solar plus storage projects. Prior to joining NRS, he worked as a project director in the Renewable Energy Department at NV Energy, performing analysis on and participating in the origination and development of renewable assets. Hal’s previous experience includes managing the portfolio analytics, day-ahead, and real-time modeling teams on the trading floor at NV Energy as well as operating and leading operations at various power generation facilities throughout Northern California and Nevada.

Hal has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from CSU, Sacramento.

Mauli Sand, Permitting Specialist

Mauli joins the NRS team in helping to prepare and implement permitting plans and schedules for all of its projects. She has prior experience with environmental policy and permitting for solar and wind projects from interning at Westwood Professional Services.

Mauli is in her final year at the University of Minnesota studying Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. She will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in May of 2022.
NRS Sponsored Social at CLEANPOWER 2021, Salt Lake City, UT
Please join us!

Date: Monday, December 6th, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Lake Effect
155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(Across the street from the Convention Center) 
If you are interested in attending, please contact Mark Russell or Chase Cheshire
We Are Hiring!

NRS is looking to expand its current staff with qualified people with experience within the renewable energy sector in the areas of construction management, marketing, development, finance, and resource engineering. If this is you, please inquire with a cover letter and resume to
  • Marketing Manager
  • Technical Resource Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Project Developer
  • Associate Developer

Happy Thanksgiving from the NRS Staff to You and Yours!

NRS Joke of the Month
What do you call competition between energy companies? 

A power struggle!
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