Dave Belote

Dave Belote

Senior Vice President

Cassidy and Associates

Dave is a Senior Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, helping clients successfully navigate issues at the nexus of renewable energy and national defense. Before joining Cassidy, Dave served as Vice President for Federal Business at Apex Clean Energy where he earned one of the first six small-business awards under the Army Corps of Engineers Multiple Award Task Order Contract for solar energy.

Earlier, Dave was the first Executive Director of the Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse at the Pentagon, where he built a “one-stop shop” for industry to work with federal, state, and local government agencies to ensure that utility-scale renewable energy and transmission projects were compatible with military operations and installations. Dave developed the process and published the Federal Rule allowing local officials, industry, and military leaders to assess mission compatibility of a wide range of projects. He concluded the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding between DoD and a wind developer, protecting flight paths and radar approaches for flight trainees while simultaneously promoting large-scale economic development; since joining Cassidy, he has successfully negotiated four similar memoranda for developers, facilitating the permitting of nearly 1 gigawatt of wind power while protecting critical military capabilities. For these accomplishments across the public and private sectors, Dave was recognized as a White House Champion of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security.

Dave is a retired Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot who earned two Bronze Stars during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as commander for Nellis Air Force Base. He is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion.