Leader in business development. Drafting, revising and negotiating contracts specific to solar electric (photovoltaic) industry.


Consultant, Legal & Insurance, Rising Sun LLC - Solar Electric (Photovoltaic)
Consultant, Legal & Insurance, RSSF, LLC dba Rising Sun Finance - Solar Electric (Photovoltaic)
BNB INC, Owner - Consulting & Professional Services
Phi Theta Kappa

Bari Barnes - Consultant

BNB INC - Consultant - Contract & Insurance Manager Rising Sun Solar Electric and RSSF, LLC dba Rising Sun Finance
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Experienced Consultant, and Contract and Insurance Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the legal arena, and specializing in the photovoltaic (solar electric) industry. A skilled leader in PPA, O&M, SaleLeaseback, Commercial and Residential Contracts, Contract Drafing and Negotiation, Business Planning, and Management.

Strength:  Leader in business development.  Providing contracts and advice, while understanding and appreciating differing viewpoints, and working to address and reconcile those differing viewpoints in order to build long-term mutually beneficial relationships, both internally and externally.


BNB INC - Consultant - Legal & Insurance  at   Rising Sun Solar Electric LLC and RSSF, LLC dba Rising Sun Finance

July 2005  -  Present

Train and lead the legal and insurance departments of Rising Sun Solar and Rising Sun Finance.  Draft, evaluate, and negotiate  photovoltaic (solar electric) contracts, including, but not limited to, the following agreements:  Engineering, Procurement & Construction, Addendums, Service Work, NDA, PPA, O&M, Assignment, Master Lease, Interim Funding, Bill of Sale, Subcontract, and Vendor.  Source, train and lead a dynamic team consisting of an attorney, insurance adjuster, and two paralegals, all working remotely from the East and West Coasts.  To complement the team, I lead template development, define and implement standard operating procedures, and develop contract and milestone tracking systems.  I pride myself on acting as liaison for both companies and their customers, investors, partners, lending institutions, development teams, and risk management team.  

Specific functions include: - Management of insurance policies that include commercial general liability, umbrella, professional liability, BPP, automotive, and solar pak - Draft, evaluate and negotiate contracts - Draft recaps of executed contracts and supporting documentation in order to hand projects over to implementation teams, ensuring successful launch of project - Monitoring contractual deadlines throughout the life cycle of each contract - Communicate flow terms to subcontractors - Register and maintain contractual records and documentation - Provide guidance to project managers and operational staff relative to contract content.

- Work with the Risk Mnagement team to coordinate contractual insurance requirements - Secure bid, performance and payment bonds - Work with Accounting team to ensure adherence to Accounting requirements of contracts, evaluating economic impact of terms and term options - Audit Accounting team relative to Power Purchase and Operation & Maintenance Agreements, and SalesLeaseback payments - Ensure contract close-out, extensions and/or renewals

Freelance Contractor

Self Employed 1993  -  Present

Client List:

- RSSF, LLC dba Rising Sun Finance, Kahului, HI Consultant - Legal and Insurance
- Rising Sun Solar Electric LLC, Kahului, HI Consultant - Legal and Insurance
- The Wright Company LLC, Haiku, HI - Administrative
- Mancini, Welch & Geiger, Kahului, HI - Paralegal
- Fabulous Homes, Wailuku, HI - Paralegal
- Paul Dunn, Coldwell Banker Island Properties, Kihei, HI - Administrative
- Philip J. Clarke, Esq., Morehead City, NC - Paralegal - General Practice
- Newton Law Firm, Beaufort, NC - Paralegal - Workers Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability
- Bryant & Stanley, Beaufort, NC - Paralegal - Real Estate
- J. Christy Maroules, Esq., Beaufort, NC - Paralegal - Real Estate
- Roger L. Crowe, P.A., Beaufort, NC - Paralegal - Administrative
- Gloria F. Graham, M.D., Morehead City, NC - Administrative - Medical Assistant (Dermatology)
- James H. Graham, M.D., Morehead City, NC - Insurance/Billing - Administrative (Dermatopathology)
- Atlantic Coast Counseling, Morehead City, NC - Insurance/Billing - Administrative
- Eastern Court Reporting, Beaufort, NC - Stenomask Transcriptionist

Previous Employment

Paralegal  at   Noufer & Brown

2003  -  2004

Averaged 100 caseload in personal injury.  Developed/implemented civil statute tracking system.  Direct support to lead attorney.  Evaluated medical records for case relevance.  Developed demand packages for use during case negotiation.  Liaison for attorneys, clients, insurance carriers and medical care providers.

Office Manager  at   Automatic Bankcard Services

2003  -  2003

IT support for LAN.  Web development.  Property manager for rental properties.  Paralegal with focus on civil matters, eviction procedures and representation of company in small claims court.  District team leader for key code encryption of ATMs nationwide.  Created/implemented in-house security procedures for encryption keys.  Managed co-op marketing funds.  Inventory clerk.  Customer service back-up.  Training of new hires.  Support to all departments.

Paralegal  at   Davis & Newton, and Newton Law Firm

1990  -  1993

Averaged 130 caseload in worker's compensation, personal injury and social security disability.  Liaison for attorneys, clients, insurance carriers, medical care providers, Social Security Administration and NC Industrial Commission.  Evaluated medical records for case relevance.  Legal research (Westlaw).  Assisted with civil trial and disability hearings.  Tracked statute of limitations.  Start-up ops for new practice.  Managed support staff.  Implemented Time Slips.

Basic & Advanced Legal Research (Westlaw)

Social Security Disability & Medicaid Benefits

Office Manager - Legal Secretary  at   Hugh C. Talton, Jr.

1985  -  1990

Office manager.  Real estate closing support.  Administrative support to Chuck Sledge & Company Real Estate.  NC Notary Public.

NC Real Estate Broker (License Number 101082).

Real Estate Law

Food Stamp Eligibility Specialist  at   Carteret County Department of Social Services

1983  -  1985

Interpreted and applied regulations to determine eligibility of applicants.

Skills & Expertise

Photovoltaics, Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Procurement, Fishbowl Inventory, Contract Negotiation, Paralegal, Business Planning, Business Strategy, Insurance, Insurance Negotiations, Start-ups, Bookkeeping, Cisco - WAN, Westlaw, Amicus, Medisoft Patient Accounting, JavaScript, HTML, ATM Manager, Administration, Project Management, Legal Research


Carteret Community College

Cisco Systems:  WAN - Routing & Switching and A+ Hardware, Phi Theta Kappa

1997 - 1998

Continuing Education Activities and Societies

- Surety Bonds for Construction Projects

- Prevailing Wage: An Understanding of Davis-Bacon

- Contracting with the Federal Government

- Fishbowl Inventory Solutions for Quickbooks

- Franklin Covey: The 7 Habits for Managers

- WISE (Women In Solar Energy)