2020 40 Under 40: Eben Lindsey

Aug. 18, 2020
Eben Lindsey, Senior Business Development Manager and Marketing Manager, Urban Solar
  • One word to describe yourself: Adventurous
  • Alma Mater: University of Victoria
  • Favorite hobby: Paragliding
  • Fun fact about yourself: I live on a small island in British Columbia with my partner and our yellow lab mix, Wylie. I also enjoy sailing on my lunch breaks.
  • Favorite station or stop that you have ever visited or frequent: Formosa Boulevard Station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The station ceiling is the largest glass artwork in the world.
  • Favorite route you have ever ridden or frequent: The SeaBus between Vancouver, B.C., and North Vancouver. The trip takes me back to childhood Saturday adventures with my grandma. And the views of the city and mountains from the water are incredible.

Eben Lindsey is the senior business development manager and marketing manager at Urban Solar where he works with clients on small and large projects with a shared goal for long-lasting sustainable power solutions. He works directly with transit agencies, industry suppliers, cities and counties to develop custom systems that meet their needs. Many projects take months and years to complete, but his passion for the cause and for serving as a true resource to clients motivates him.

Lindsey is bilingual in English and Spanish and has worked throughout the U.S., Mexico, South America and Canada to educate clients about the importance of renewable solar power. He has been with Urban Solar for nearly three years where he manages business development and marketing. During this time, he's been an interface between his transit clients and Urban Solar's development team and, together, have brought various new solar offerings to market.

He recognized a long-standing need in the transit industry for pole-mounted security lighting at thousands of bus stops without shelters and worked with his team to create the new 2020 PV Stop+. This will power both security lighting and digital signage for locations without electrical infrastructure. In 2019, he also worked closely with the Coachella Valley Association of Governments to provide solar inset pathway wayfinding markers for the 50-mile CV-Link.

Also, in 2019, Lindsey presented a technical case study on how Urban Solar contributed to the city of Vancouver's goal of becoming the "Greenest City in the World" by 2020 at the Ecocity World Summit in Vancouver.

Lindsey is a member of APTA's BMBG Business Development Subcommittee, a member of APTA's Sustainability Committee, is a Certified Associate in Project Management and a Canadian citizen who works exclusively for the U.S. transit market and has lived all over the world.

“I feel a sense of pride every time I see someone waiting for the bus at a well-lit stop that uses one of our systems. Many people don’t think much about the amenities that they use every day, but we certainly notice if they aren’t there for us. I am most proud of working with so many great agencies to help make their communities safer and more sustainable.”

“Don’t focus on your own success. In business development, marketing and consulting, I believe that success can only be measured by the value that is built for clients. Transit agencies have ambitious goals to take make communities safer, more sustainable, and more accessible. What could be more rewarding than helping to further these goals?”