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2022 40 Under Forty: Will Herchel

Click here to return to HBJ’s 2022 40 Under Forty Award Honorees Will Herchel Age: 35 Company: Verogy Title: CEO Number of years with current company: 4.5 Town where I live: West Hartford Town where I work: Hartford College: Stonehill College, University of Connecticut School of Law Highest degree: Juris Doctor of Law
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Will Herchel is the co-founder of Verogy, a vertically integrated developer and installer of distributed generation solar and solar plus storage for commercial and industrial projects and utility clients in the U.S.

Herchel founded the company with five partners in the beginning of 2018, after he successfully aided his previous employer, also a solar developer, through an acquisition in 2017. Verogy has grown from six to 30 employees in four-and-half years and has executed or is developing renewable energy projects across 10 states.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

Working with my co-founders to organize Verogy from the ground up is my biggest accomplishment. It was done from initial business plan through pre-seed investment to business growth and stabilization.

How are you involved in the community?

Through Verogy, I am able to provide renewable energy projects for local municipalities that reduce municipal energy costs and give them the opportunity to invest in other social programs.

Also, I am an active advocate for renewable energy and other climate change initiatives at the state-level.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My interests are spending time with family, spending time outside, tennis and platform tennis.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Served as President of 50-plus person company at the age of 30 (previous employer).

• Founded a Harford-based company that has grown from six to 30 employees in four-and-a-half years (Verogy).

• Advocate for CO2 reduction, climate change and agriculture/renewable energy cohabitation initiatives.

Fun Fact

During my senior year of undergraduate school, I spent a semester in Beijing at the University of International Business and Economics, where I studied the Chinese state and society along with the Chinese language.

Theme Song

“Alive” — Pearl Jam.

Bucket List

What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?

Professionally, I want to successfully deploy 500 MWs of renewable energy projects in the United States.

Personally, I’d like to increase my community engagement to advocate for ESG causes across the business spectrum.

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