Russ Prentice

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Russ Prentice

Small Footprint Activist

Russ Prentice believes it is not right that the pollution we have created to obtain and maintain our lifestyles hurts the most economically vulnerable people in the world, so he developed a mobile power solar grid to serve those most impacted by climate change.

Russ is a nuclear engineer and CEO of Halcyon Energy Systems in San Luis Obispo, California.  In 2018 Russ and his business partner, David McMillan, founded Halcyon with the intent to bring water and power systems to remote villages in West Africa. A Mechanical Engineering Master’s Program graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Russ has a passion for energy, mechatronics design and classic cars. He currently resides on California’s Central Coast with his wife, Jenn, and their two young boys.

Russ envisions a future where developing countries leap-frog carbon-based power systems with distributed generation. Russ’s favorite TED talk is Dan Pink’s “The Puzzle of Motivation” and the book that has most inspired him is “Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey.