LkM Solutions 


Power as a Platform

Without access to reliable power, communities cannot support security, health or industry. Clean, sustainable sources of energy are necessary to build a path to prosperity for the two billion globally who live in energy poverty.


LkM Solutions is a woman-owned consultancy and advocacy firm born from working in communities without access to light, water, and sanitation. We believe that only through collaboration and successful technology deployment can we build a sustainable future.


LkM has worked to enable “starfish organizations” for a stronger, leaner collective impact. The organizations represented in the LkM ecosystem have been most influenced by our experiences on the the field...and in the ‘situation rooms’. It is our intention - and our task - to use these experiences to better serve those still in the field. This drives our pursuit of unique financial models which we believe enable market-appropriate technology and can be scaled rapidly to combat resource reliances that compromise National & Global Security.

Though LkM Solutions emerged from years of integrating various technology components into reliable power
systems, in every community, in every forward position, and in every CONUS installation, power is the platform which enables reliable light, clean water, better hygiene, enduring agriculture, and assorted critical assets including ISR platforms. As a result of addressing power challenges at the last kilometer, LkM has partnered with various organizations which address all aspects of a Resilient Community - whether at home or abroad.

Power Enables Critical Assets:
Reliable Light
Clean Water
Better Hygiene

Enduring Agriculture


Mission and Vision

LkM Solutions enables and accelerates the adoption of net-zero solutions that address climate challenges and promote the sustainable use of natural resources, through informed engagement with policymakers, innovators, and market stakeholders.


LkM brings a depth and breadth of information and experience that supports key strategic initiatives:


- Requirements & specifications development

- Proposal development

- Policy overwatch, interpretation & development

- Strategy development

- Business development

- Market analysis & reporting

- Technology analysis

- Fundraising


LkM operates in multiple markets both foreign and domestic, with a myriad of partners, including but not limited to:


- Governments

- Aid agencies

- Financial vehicles & fund partners

- Special operators

- Utilities

- Manufacturing processors

- Installers and integrators

LkM Solutions

bridges the gap between innovation

and policy


Net-Zero Advisors (NZA) is a network of experts, each of whom has direct industry, policy, or operational experience in DoD’s use of sustainable net-zero technologies for expeditionary deployments as well as strategic continental US applications. NZA experts have introduced future concepts into DoD’s planning, including configurations that tailor power, water, and waste systems for far more compact and resource-efficient solutions to enable operational continuity and mission readiness to support special operations in the field.

NZA promotes policy and industry action, and enables a platform to collaborate about solutions that advance the mission rather than individual corporate interests. NZA

demonstrates that the combined experience and capability of the sum of our parts is significantly more impactful than each one of us can individually bring to a project.

Norwich University is the nation’s first private military college. Norwich University is committed to supporting and validating new and innovative models of learning for future civilian and military leaders. LkM and Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience & Security (CGRS) have partnered to craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration in a new energy track within the Center. The focus of the CGRS track is to research effective strategies and place those strategies within actionable frameworks, while drawing on the lessons learned and best practices encouraging interoperability, standardization and best-in-class, bankable solutions.

The CGRS program development aims to fully establish new undergraduate and graduate programs at Norwich University, within the next three to five years. To engage community stakeholders, we have invited the participation of the Vermont National Guard to host a jointly designed “Integrated Technology Simulation Petting Zoo.” The simulation will allow for various technology integration and financial models to be used as “wargames,” or simulations, to determine stakeholder impact, including the effect on the financial markets.

Strategos Consulting identifies and provides usable technology solutions to the USG and its partners in the global War on Terror. Strategos specializes in advancing these technologies by providing mentorship, guidance and direction in developing solutions to respond to critical mission needs of the USG and its strategic partners. In 2009, Strategos enabled the establishment of the Alliance for Power and Energy and formed a consortium of government and industry leadership to address defense requirements. In multiple organizations, Strategos has focused on developing new sustainable solutions to reduce energy or fuel consumption and improve reliability while also lowering the operating cost. Strategos specializes in articulating capabilities and matching them to

requirements and introducing ideas and deployable solutions. Strategos and LkM have partnered to further expand the impact of both expeditionary and stationary net zero solutions.

The Last Kilometer is a not-for-profit organization founded and operated by Mr. Jaron Rothkop focused on pilots, grants, and low-margin work needed to build market entry. LkM Solutions and network partners such as The Last kM coordinate with  industry and government partners on projects that are typically passed over for being low-margin, market-entry projects — both as a signal of goodwill and a grateful nod to the markets and customers who need this technology the most, and can afford it the least.

The Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization (CEED) offers a uniquely rapid, cost-efficient and collaborative OTA contracting vehicle for companies and educational organizations seeking to enter the Federal market. As an alternative to the often complex Federal Acquisition Regulation, which might discourage small non-traditional entities from seeking to work with the Government, CEED provides its members and eligible Federal agencies a user-friendly partnership path.

LkM Solutions is a member of CEED to enable the rapid deployment of new technology to meet the global challenges facing our Nation—specifically energy security as it pertains to our national security interests. The U.S. Government has set the goal to reduce overhead, streamline program management as well as setting and meeting more realistic requirements. LkM is committed to seeing this goal through and utilizes the CEED contract vehicle to do so.

In partnership with USACE and ERDC labs, TMSC is a Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL).

TMSC is developing a military standard (MIL-STD) that will resolve most significant impediments to the interoperability of tactical microgrids and their components. TMSC Objects include:

  • Safety, protection & human factors

  • Electrical interconnection

  • Communications, controls & cyber security

TMSC uses a consortium approach to incorporate relevant organizations such as the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), industry & academia.

LkM is a member of the Tactical Microgrid Standards Consortium, in partnership with CERL, to incorporate best practices & inform the development and infusion of “innovative technologies to provide excellent facilities and realistic training lands” for DoD and other stakeholders that support mission readiness for installations and contingency bases - ensuring best quality with the lightest environmental impact, highest safety standards, and reduced life-cycle/maintenance costs.


Michelle Klassen Merrigan

Michelle Klassen (“MK”) Merrigan began her career in humanitarian aid, working frequently in the developing world. For the past decade, MK led the development of advanced energy solutions that meet the mission of US military, security and peacekeeping forces operating beyond secure supply lines. Opening up new markets with creative capital, this work quickly led to border security in support of national
security interests; economic development efforts through small business models at the last kilometer; and in developing regions and markets. Beholden to the idea that if Detroit could put a car in every driveway, we could also provide power as an economic enabler, in every region of the world. MK led a diverse team from a small prototype shop in Ferndale, Michigan. This team is responsible for some of our industry’s most incredible firsts:
●  The first Net-Zero energy, waste, and water solution demonstrated to the United Nations Peacekeeping forces in Nepal.
●  The first DoD Foreign Military Sale of a mobile, hybrid-powered border security system to Egypt.
●  Introduction of advanced microgrid modeling tools to the US Army’s Operational Energy Advisors.
●  The first off-grid solar microgrid of its size providing 24/7 power to a Haitian village in Les Anglais, Haiti.
●  The first tender to be contracted by the Kenya Rural Electrification Authority to provide power for community stabilization.
●  The first off-grid environmental monitoring system for use by a major American power utility, in the California desert.
●  The first mobile renewable energy systems deployed by the Federal Aviation Authority, used for runway monitoring.
●  The first groundbreaking analysis of the logistical flyaway package for an elite US Special Operations Forces unit, demonstrating that fuel consumption and generation equipment can be reduced by 60% with properly designed and configured renewable energy production, management, and storage.


Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr.

Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield is Chairman Emeritus of the nonpartisan Stimson Center in Washington, DC. He was U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from 2001-2005. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89), among other policy positions in the Departments of State and Defense beginning in 1981.
Author or editor of two books and many articles, a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he is also President of Palmer Coates LLC, non-Attorney Senior Advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Senior Advisor with C&O Resources and its expert network SASI-DC ( Mr. Bloomfield supports sustainable solutions as Strategic Advisor to Seatrec, Inc. ( among other affiliations, and as a Director and National Executive Committee Member of the U.S. Water Partnership (

Senior Policy Advisor

Dr. Tim Hill

Dr. Tim Hill has a diverse background with the experience, training, and education to aid corporate, academia, and military organizations overcome challenges specific to organizational transformation, and sustainability. Dr. Hill’s experiences include leadership, management, marketing, education and training, and executive level consulting.
Dr. Hill retired as a Colonel from the US Army with 36.5 years of service. He received Congressional confirmation for promotion to Brigadier General on 5 August 2010 and was promoted to Brigadier General in the Retired Reserves. His service includes six years in the United States Marine Corps with the ending rank of Sergeant.  The remaining years were spent as an officer in the US Army in both in the West Virginia Army National Guard and active duty.
While serving in the West Virginia Army National Guard as an Army Engineer officer, Dr. Hill ran many engineering projects throughout West Virginia, and conducted operations and managed projects during state and national emergencies.

Other experience includes writing the Meter Data Management System Capability Development Document for Contingency Basing (Training and Doctrine Command – Maneuver Support Center of Excellence).

Senior Advisor

Olga Reym

Olga Reym is a Project Manager with LkM Solutions.  After graduating from Pace University with a BBA in Finance, Olga was immersed in various roles within the Financial Industry that lead to her role as a Project Manager with Energy Efficiency startups.  Using her financial, analytical, and management experience in conjunction with agile methodologies, she was instrumental in establishing the low socio-economic impact initiatives within the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) -- a program of national significance as a model for success.

Project Manager

Kevin Merrigan

Kevin Merrigan is an independent consultant specializing in US Department of Defense with an emphasis on tactical wheeled vehicles and C4ISR including Cyber, AI and Electronic Warfare.

Mr Merrigan retired from General Dynamics Mission Systems in January 2019 following a very successful 12-year career.  During his career at General Dynamics he held multiple key leadership positions including vice president of business development for the Department of Defense market.   His responsibilities included developing strategies that create new business opportunities and support existing DOD programs.  He was responsible to oversee everything from strategy development through program win and customer engagement.

Prior to this, Mr. Merrigan was vice president and general manager of a $500M per year Battle Management Systems line of business responsible for the overall executive management of complex command and control and information systems for the U.S. military. Programs under his leadership included the Army’s Command Post of the Future (CPOF), Prophet Enhanced tactical signals intelligence system, Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS), Consolidated Product Line Management, the US Marine Corps Combat Operations Centers (COC) and Common Aviation Command and Control Program (CAC2S) and USSOCOM’s Ground Mobility Vehicle as well as others.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1982. Mr. Merrigan is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds a master’s degree in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.


Jasper Yeager

Jasper Yeager is LkM's operations administrator, and has a demonstrated expertise in information science and process management. Yeager acted as ZeroBase Energy's lead document controller and corporate researcher for three years, managing the company's flow of information both internally and externally. Yeager has previously worked for automotive consulting group Rhode Solutions as a market intelligence analyst, and has studied library science at Albion College.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2019 - Struggles do not end when one's service does. This Veteran's Day, listen to the stories being told, and honor the stories that have been lost. Thank you to Anthony Ripley, for sharing yours.

LkM Honors Our Veterans and Their Stories

AEG WAE Q4 Recap: Increasing Low-Carbon Mobility

DECEMBER 13, 2018 - AEG convened its final Stakeholder Breakfast of 2018 in Washington, DC. This breakfast focused on Mobility & Transportation as they relate to DC’s clean energy goals; the event featured a diverse set of speakers and stakeholder participants from different parts of DC’s energy and transportation sectors.

H.G. Chissell, Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, asked speakers to lead the discussion which would support actionable work for the stakeholder group. The event’s speakers gave presentations outlining their answer to the question, “What is the critical challenge I focus on regarding Mobility & Transportation related to Washington DC’s clean energy goals?”

AUSA Energy Resilience Spotlight Released

AUGUST 13, 2018 - LkM is pleased to contribute to a new AUSA Spotlight titled Energy Resilience: An Imperative for a More Lethal, Agile & Strategically-Relevant Force.

This Spotlight describes the risk continuum facing both installation and operational energy communities, outlines implications within the shifting character of war, and provides recommendations for senior leaders currently moving out on modernization priorities.

LkM is committed to supporting AUSA's efforts and hopes that the information provided in this article will help to enable and enhance individual & collective missions across the community.

SBAM Member Testimonial - Michelle Klassen - SBAM Shorts
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Michael Rogers talks with small business owner Michelle Klassen, owner of LkM Solutions. Her firm focuses on energy resilience, infrastructure and resource access, which helps her draw a lot of parallels to the challenges small business owners face in maintaining growth and prosperity.



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