Our Team

Robert Rafson, P.E.

The President and Founder of Chart House Energy has 27 years of experience in environmental engineering, design, construction and operation of over 150 environmental improvement projects in the United States and abroad. Mr. Rafson has achieved recognition in energy efficiency, patented innovative soil remediation technology, gaseous emission controls, and Brownfields redevelopment. He has also supervised the redevelopment of 17 contaminated properties including four superfund projects in the Chicago area and since 2006 has been developing renewable energy systems under Rafson Engineering, including the largest solar thermal system in Illinois.

Mr. Rafson has authored the authoritative text Brownfields: Redeveloping Environmentally Contaminated Properties, published June 1999 with McGraw-Hill. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is also a licensed Professional Engineer.

Emily Prehoda, PhD

Our Chief Operations Officer has over 7 years of experience in solar energy policy research and development. Emily has worked to develop testimony and intervention strategies in Michigan on energy policy issues on behalf of solar industry groups. Her experience lies in community engagement and impact development with a focus on community solar applications. She manages the Chart House Energy production team to install high community impact solar arrays across Michigan.

Emily graduated with a Master of Science and Doctoral Degree from Michigan Technological University in the Environmental and Energy Policy program. She has authored and published several articles on solar energy applications and policy strategies, including a guidebook on how to design and develop a community solar program for rural and low-to-moderate income communities.

Jon Ledsworth

Jon left a successful 25-year career in sales and project management in the industrial custom printing industry. He was in search of something more dynamic and inspiring within the communities he served.

In the Spring of 2019, Chart House Energy offered Jon an opportunity to lead the community impact initiatives of the company. He quickly realized the degree of positive influence that solar development has in communities, whether the projects are municipal, nonprofit, industrial, commercial, or residential. His focus at Chart House Energy has been to strategically pursue solar developments that will leave a community stimulated long after the solar installation is complete; a community that continues to benefit far beyond the clean and renewable solar energy itself.

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