Piper Foster Wilder is the Founder and CEO of 60Hertz Microgrids. The company develops software to maintain microgrids — from village infrastructure, to ocean-going vessels, to resiliency microgrids on critical infrastructure. She also is the founder of Laika Energy, LLC. The finance company funds renewable-diesel microgrids across the Arctic.
Foster Wilder came to Alaska to serve as Deputy Director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project in Anchorage. There she became acquainted with the opportunity and challenges of project development, financing, and maintenance of remote power grids.
In 2016, Foster Wilder led a contract with the Colorado Energy Office to develop a solar-thermal-as-a-service program in partnership with six Rural Electric Cooperatives in Colorado’s Western Slope.
Foster Wilder came to renewable technologies through her work as Vice President of Amatis Controls, an Internet of Things company. There, she developed their thermal metering product line. During this time she was named in Aspen Magazine's Ten Women of Aspen. Prior to this she helped launch Colorado's Energy Smart initiative.
Foster Wilder is a Humboldt Fellow and worked at Ecologic Institute in Berlin for two years studying land use planning to accommodate large renewable installations. She served as Executive Director of the McBride Family’s Sopris Foundation from 2005-2010.