After Bob graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from New England College in 1973, he spent the next thirty-five years as a successful eco-entrepreneur. His first company, R.W. Chew Co., Inc. was started in Barrington, Rhode Island, and was a leading green design/build firm that also specialized in solar thermal systems and passive solar sunspaces. In 2000, Bob founded SolarWrights, a company that specialized in designing, installing, and servicing photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems.
Under Bob’s management, the company rapidly expanded and became the largest solar contracting company in the Northeast. In 2008, SolarWrights acquired Kosmo Solar and Sunsearch and merged with Solar Works, Inc. a leading solar company founded in 1980. SolarWrights and Solar Works changed their name to Alteris Renewables, Inc. and, as a result of the explosive growth, made the INC 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2007 and 2008 and was named the Green/Environmental Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor. Bob was also named the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year by Providence Business News.
In 2011, Alteris Renewables was acquired by Real Goods Solar (RSOL), a publically-traded company, making the combined companies one of the leading solar companies in the country. Bob left Real Goods in 2011 to start R.W. Chew, LLC., a renewable energy consulting company, and Opechee Innovations, LLC., a company that invents new energy technologies. Bob is the Managing Partner at Redberry.
bob (at) rwchew (dot) com