Our leadership team has more than 30 years of renewable energy experience ranging from greenfield development to operational performance assessment.  


Kyle Owens - Chief Executive Officer

Kyle Owens specializes in meteorological instrumentation, data acquisition, quantitative analysis, and project management at TrendLine. He has more than 10 years of wind energy experience, including roles as a senior project manager at BP Wind Energy and as a wind resource consultant at DNV GL. Kyle managed construction, maintenance, and removal of a development met tower fleet consisting of more than 300 tubular and lattice met masts. In addition, he oversaw the development and operational deployment of remote sensing devices including ground-based SoDAR and nacelle-mounted LiDAR. As a member of BP’s Performance Services Group, he provided technical analysis and performance assessment support for 14 operating wind farms. He also supported commercial negotiations by providing technical perspective for turbine upgrades and enhancement validation. He has a B.S. in Sociology from Tennessee Tech University.


Jesse Richards - Chief Technology officer

Jesse Richards manages system automation and operational analysis at TrendLine. He has 10 years of experience in the wind industry, developing large scale automation and analysis systems, and performing development and operational wind data analysis. Before working in wind, Jesse developed and managed research and scientific data applications at Duke University and the University of California San Francisco. At BP Wind Energy he designed and implemented the company’s first end-to-end meteorological data storage, management, analysis, and reporting system. More recently, Jesse handled both automation and data analysis efforts around turbine performance evaluation and monitoring, where he focused on power production efficiency assessment, performance change quantification, operational degradation and failure detection, failure prediction, power curve modelling, and lost energy quantifications. He is adept with .Net and Python development, statistical data analysis, PI systems, and enterprise relational database development and administration.


Mark LIlly - Chief Science Officer

Mark Lilly oversees resource assessment for TrendLine and has over 15 years of meteorological experience. He is responsible for wind resource assessment and data analysis, identification of prospective sites, energy and operational analysis, and software development.

Before joining TrendLine, Mark was Manager of Technology and Resource Assessment at Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC. In addition, he was a Wind Resource Meteorologist with BP Wind. Prior to entering the alternative energy sector, Mark worked for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency supporting the modelling efforts by the Department of Defense with respect to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosive hazards; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Division of Risk Assessment; Sonoma Technology (providing air quality forecasting, analysis, and modelling); and for the National Weather Service Techniques Development Laboratory (assisting in the development of quantitative precipitation forecast algorithms). Mark received a BS degree in Meteorology in 1999 from Millersville University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science (with a focus on Boundary Layer Meteorology) from the University of Virginia in 2004.