Christopher J. Lord

Managing Director

Christopher J. Lord is the Managing Director of CapIron, Inc., a firm he founded in late 2011, to provide advisory and consulting services to customers, owners, developers, utilities, suppliers, installers and distributors covering the full range of value-add in renewable energy and energy efficiency.  

For the last twenty years, Mr. Lord has served as an attorney and business manager with demonstrated success handling mission-critical responsibilities as a member of senior management in companies ranging from mature Fortune 500 to early-stage  and growth companies. His industry experience spans renewable and traditional energy, as well as technology and manufacturing. He is a dynamic and innovative problem solver skilled at working with, and motivating, cross-functional teams, a persuasive presenter, and experienced negotiator. He has a proven ability to deploy and manage resources to meet critical schedule and budget constraints.

Over the last five years, Mr. Lord has spoken at multiple conferences and industry meetings on solar energy and waste-to-energy, and published on the role of third-party financing in Federal projects. 

Prior to founding CapIron, Mr. Lord served as an SVP at Hannon Armstrong Capital, a firm that finances infrastructure and technology upgrades for companies, Federal agencies and the MUSH market. From mid-2008 until mid-2010, Mr. Lord started and grew the Company’s renewable energy advisory practice, including advisory work for one of the first utility scale PV projects in the US and a 26 MW multi-project renewable energy program at California’s Los Angeles Community College District.  Mr. Lord also advised a European firm in 2008 exploring the location of a solar thermal manufacturing facility and a thin film production facility in the U.S.  

From April 2002 through April 2008, Mr. Lord served as General Counsel of Hannon Armstrong, during which time the firm financed over $1.5 billion of Federal infrastructure projects covering energy efficiency, renewable and traditional energy projects, telecommunications and IT equipment. 

Before joining Hannon Armstrong, Mr. Lord was an Associate General Counsel at Columbia Energy Group (acquired by NiSource in October, 2000) where he worked on risk management projects, gas-fired generation development projects and a wide-range of finance-related projects. 

From 1991 to 1998 Mr. Lord served as General Counsel and senior administrative officer of a publicly traded technology company, Intermagnetics General Corporation (subsequently acquired by Philips Medical Systems). During his tenure, the company grew nearly three-fold, in part through acquisitions that he helped develop, close and integrate. 

Mr. Lord received a JD from Cornell University School of Law where he was Senior Editor of the Cornell Law Review, and a BA in International Studies from Reed College.