MSE is led by industry veterans with over 50 years’ experience in real estate development and financing and every aspect of renewable energy development, from project finance and utility scale wind and solar development to tax equity financing and hundreds of billions in M&A transactions.

Pete Harsy

Peter Harsy

Peter founded Madison Street Energy (“MSE”) in order to apply optimal techniques learned by experience to acquire long term lease income streams from solar, storage and wind project leases. Peter’s responsibilities range from maintaining MSE’s business operations in addition to securing sources of lease acquisition opportunities. Before this current venture, Peter bootstrapped the startup of a wind lease acquisition business  (“Wind Lease Business”) which he successfully grew to the point it was acquired by a large private equity infrastructure fund.

Prior to the Wind Lease Business, Peter was part of the original management team that started a wind and solar development company known as Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE). As LCE’s general counsel, Peter helped grow the company from its initial startup phase to its initial sale to I Squared Capital who funded LCE’s growth until LCE was ultimately sold for $580mm to the Danish multinational energy company Ørsted A/S.

Peter received his bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and his juris doctorate from DePaul University’s College of Law.

Matt Kniefl

Matt Kneifl

Matt is a native Texan with strong family roots in farming and ranching.  As a kid, Matt spent most summers on his grandfather’s ranch working with cattle, tractors and barbed-wire in South Texas.

Matt’s responsibilities on the MSE team include overseeing financial and commercial matters related to the acquisition of renewable land and leases.

Matt’s background consists of 20+ years of finance and investment experience with over 12 years in renewable energy and natural gas-fired power generation, mostly focused on project development, mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, asset management and other roles related to the energy transition.

Matt also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pueblo of Tesuque Development Corporation in New Mexico and assists with tribal affairs, asset operations, capital management and energy development matters.

Matt earned his BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University, and received an MBA from Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business with a concentration in Energy and Finance.

Anthony Danti

Anthony grew up in a small farming town in Wisconsin (pop. 410), and his family operated farms in Southwestern Wisconsin. Anthony has worked for over 20 years in the energy sector, with the last 15 focused on solar and wind development.

Anthony is a lawyer (don’t hold it against him), and was a partner in both Kirkland & Ellis’ and Norton Rose Fulbright’s energy groups.  He has spent the last 10 plus years as an in-house attorney, working with several leading developers,  and was Head of Legal for BayWa r.e. USA; Momentum Solar and AES Solar/Silver Ridge Power. 

Anthony is a graduate of Georgetown University (twice!).  He also served his country for five years as a Captain, Infantry, in the US Army, and successfully survived both Ranger and Airborne courses, along with plenty of cold, wet and muddy nights.