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Richard Klein

President and Founding Partner

Richard Klein is the President and Founder of Quixotic Systems (1999), one of the first solar energy companies in New York City. The company has designed and engineered some of New York City’s largest and most innovative solar electric and solar thermal systems. He holds three patents related to solar energy.

Richard is also a seed- and early-stage investor in alternative energy technology and service companies. He has successfully guided start-up companies on advancing their technologies, identifying markets and managing their growth. Richard leverages his deep knowledge of new products and technologies on Quixotic Systems’ projects. He has served on the boards of a wide variety of renewable energy companies.

Richard is member of the New York State Solar Energy Association and other professional organizations. He was a contributor to the New York Solar Thermal Consortium’s New York State Solar Thermal Roadmap. He is a licensed NYC contractor. He has been on the panel for many solar energy related forums and panels.

Richard holds a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University and he pursued postgraduate studies in mathematics and physics at Columbia University. He has a certificate in boilers and plumbing studies from New York City College of Technology and he studied solar design in Colorado at Solar Energy International in 1997. He is fluent in German and French, proficient in Italian, and studies Latin for fun.