About Us

Corporate Overview

Safari Energy was founded in 2008 with a vision of reducing energy expenses for commercial customers while also helping the environment. Safari Energy saw an opportunity to apply its finance and construction management acumen to the dynamic and rapidly unfolding market for distributed solar power in the United States, particularly for large real estate owners.

Our team consists of dedicated professionals with expertise in real estate, finance, energy, and construction, backed by a group of top-tier strategic investors. We are passionate about delivering superior energy solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional real estate clients nationwide.

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Our Management Team

Matthew Rudey

Chief Executive Officer

Matt brings an extensive background in finance and operations to the solar industry. In 2000, Matt co-founded Global Realty Outsourcing (GRO), a pioneering firm focused on outsourcing financial analysis for the real estate industry. Under Matt's operational expertise the business grew to more than 1,300 employees in five years, serving over 75 institutional clients, including many of the United States’ largest real estate owners and financers. In 2006, GRO was acquired by private equity fund GTCR. Matt now leverages proven real estate finance and analysis techniques to develop sophisticated solutions for the distributed generation solar market, including diligence, modeling and structuring. Matt holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from UCLA. 

John Nordeman


John brings extensive financial experience as well as deep expertise in the clean tech sector to Safari Energy. In 2003, John joined Eagle Capital Partners, a premier, value-oriented investment fund serving endowments, family offices and high net worth individuals.  At Eagle, John played a key role analyzing and investing in bankruptcy re-emergences, spin-offs and other special situation investments.  In addition he helped grow fund assets from $100 million to over $1 billion.  Previously, John was an equity analyst with Merrill Lynch.  John provides leading solutions in solar project finance to Safari Energy’s portfolio of public and private real estate clients, and oversees the company’s client development efforts.  John holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

John Towle

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Safari Energy in 2010, John held leadership positions in construction operations and land development for 16 years with one of the largest national homebuilders and 5 years with an environmental remediation contractor. He has expertise in process development, change management, continuous improvement and sustainable cost reductions. He has led the implementation of several hundred commercial scale solar projects for Safari Energy and is responsible for multiple functional areas including purchasing and product design, contractor and supply chain development, operational team building and all phases of project management and construction. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University.