Ninja Warrior and Clean Energy Visionary
Troy has founded 2 successful clean energy companies in the United States: TradeWind Energy in 1998 (over $6 Billion of projects installed to date; Troy sold it in 2004) and Pristine Sun shortly thereafter (over 300 solar projects installed in 8 states with a 10 GW pipeline in development; he sold ~90% of the company's divisions in 2016-17 to buyers for over $100 Million including assumption of liabilities by the buyers).
Troy is an aspiring ninja warrior, having been a course tester for NBC's American Ninja Warrior (e.g. in Kansas City for 2017's Season 9), a regular contestant in many National Ninja League competitions, Wolfpack Ninja Tours and other ninja competitions. He started training in November 2016. Despite his age (50 years old as of Nov '17), he's become a proficient ninja due to his determination and consistent training, as well as his background in gymnastics, yoga, competitive track, and cheerleading (led his 1990 squad as captain to be National Champions in collegiate competitive cheerleading).
Today Troy remains active in solar project development as a partner and significant investor in Cratus Energy of Industry Capital.
Troy has also funded various other clean energy projects & companies since selling Pristine Sun.
Troy is a co-inventor on 11 patents pending on floating solar technology (FloatoRack) which can bring solar closer to cities (on wastewater ponds, lakes, seas & oceans).
Troy is the lead inventor on super high-speed & low-cost boring/tunneling technology with Red Gopher Corporation, which can connect the cities of the world to low-cost solar & wind resources in rural areas via subsurface power lines.
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Troy Helming is a 25+ year clean energy executive (he founded 4 companies with 3 successful exits), author, public speaker, American Ninja Warrior (competitor on the hit NBC show in 2018-Season 10 and is ranked top 20 in the World in Masters & top 2% of Professional adult male ninjas), former runway model, former national champion male cheerleader & gymnast. Troy’s been the founder & CEO of three impactful clean energy companies, including: TradeWind Energy, which he founded in 1998 & sold in 2004 (~$6 Billion+ of wind projects built since then, some of which are award-winning projects, and TradeWind grew to become the biggest wind developer in the USA in 2017) and then Pristine Sun: 350 solar projects built so far totaling >$100 Million in market value, nearly $10 Billion (10 GW) of projects in development by 2016, and many high profile projects including the largest floating solar project award in North America & the largest community solar projects in both Vermont and Wisconsin. He’s the author of the 2005 book The Clean Power Revolution, co-inventor of FloatoRack (an innovative floating solar system with multiple patents pending) and inventor of the Red Gopher (a world-changing technology in stealth mode also with patents pending). Troy has been driving an electric car since 2012, was the 1st customer of the world’s fastest production motorcycle, the all-electric Lightning LS-218, and started driving on biodiesel and natural gas in 2004 as an early adopter. Troy is a yogi, ninja, skier, rock climber, and family man: he’s married to Alysia Helming, author of the best-selling young adult novel Protogenesis. They have one son and live in the San Francisco Bay area.
Work with Troy
Troy is available for motivational speaking events, serve as a Board Director on your company, and as a consultant. Occasionally, Troy will take equity rather than cash for engagements with interesting companies & projects.
Speaking topics include: Futurist (discussing how cleantech trends will revolutionize our world thru energy, tranportation & communications and space exploration breakthroughs); Clean Energy development & economics; Ninja Warrior training; and wellness (maintaining a healthy lifestyle to remain physically powerful through middle age).