Sep 5, 2016

Voltus Adds “Bright, Gritty, Good” Leadership

Voltus hires Neil Lakin and Michael de’Marsi to further build out its energy cloud platform

Gregg Dixon
Gregg Dixon
Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 6, 2016 – Voltus, Inc., the leading provider of demand response, energy procurement, and energy efficiency products to industrial, commercial, and institutional customers, announced today that it has hired Neil Lakin and Michael de’Marsi to further build out its energy cloud platform, VoltApp™.

Neil Lakin joins Voltus as Vice President of Engineering, bringing his passion and world-class experience designing cloud-connected hardware and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology to help create a smarter grid. Neil will lead the Voltus technology team as it continues to build out its energy cloud platform, VoltApp™, that connects the energy IoT to energy markets in real-time. Neil has brought to market more than a dozen successful products for both early-stage startups and multinational corporations.

“Neil brings truly best-in-class, full-stack experience to build out our native cloud, IoT technology. The unique economic and performance advantages of the cloud give us a big advantage in demand response, energy procurement, and energy efficiency and one of the reasons our no-cost, no-risk offering has quickly gained traction in the market,” said Gregg Dixon, CEO of Voltus.

“The Voltus commitment to using the power of the cloud and its technical, economic, and extensibility advantages over client-server and co-located solutions is the first of its kind in the C&I-focused energy industry, ” said Lakin. “It’s exciting to be part of a revolution that will finally democratize energy app deployment using the kinds of tools used by Google, Facebook, and Uber.”

Michael de’Marsi joins as Vice President of Operations to continue his work leading the world in connecting complex, behind-the-meter systems to the grid, making it a more efficient and resilient network. Michael has designed and implemented the interconnection of more distributed generation systems than any engineer in the world (more than 1,000 and counting), working with hundreds of end-use customers and utilities to ensure that the systems meet safety, operational, and economic goals.

“The Voltus customer offering and hardware vision is what most attracted me. The Voltlet™ device costs less than $100, provides second-level data acquisition and control, and installation can be completed in two hours with no delay waiting for the utility to provide a pulse block,” said de’Marsi, adding, “This allows us to deliver less energy and more cash to both the smallest commercial customers and the largest industrial customers looking for truly sub-second power quality-type intelligence.”

“We’re honored to have such an industry veteran join our team to lead the deployment and interconnection of our devices at customer sites,” said Matt Plante, President of Voltus. “Our customers want to know that when we connect them that we’ve seen and dealt with it all. Michael checks both boxes.”

For more information about Voltus and its team, please visit, email, or contact Director of Media Relations, Sally Fitzsimmons at (415) 617-9602.

About Voltus, Inc.
Voltus represents the “potential of us” to better manage energy through simple, cost-free energy management products. Our industrial, commercial, and institutional customers generate cash by allowing us to be their energy expert while we deliver innovative demand response, energy purchasing, and energy efficiency programs to them.