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Clay Butler

CEO and Co-Founder

As CEO, Clay oversees business development, operations, and investor relations for 7X Energy, where he continuously pushes 7X to be an innovation leader in the energy industry.


For almost a decade before co-founding 7X in early 2016, Clay served as a managing partner of a leading law firm for renewable energy companies. There, he provided development support and legal services for over 5,000 MW of solar projects and 3,500 MW of wind projects around the world. During this time, Clay founded a company to build a software solutions platform to utilize Big Data analytics to streamline and accelerate the utility-scale solar development process; that software functionality continues to expand and is now exclusively licensed by 7X.


In addition to Clay’s executive roles, he served for two years as an electric utility commissioner for the City of Austin, overseeing the city’s electric utility, Austin Energy.


Clay holds a JD from St. Mary's University School of Law and a BA from Texas State University. He also spent four years in the Marine Corps prior to college as an infantryman--Semper Fi.

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  • CEO and Co-Founder

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