Colin Yost is the Chief Operating Officer of RevoluSun, one of Hawaii’s largest solar contractors, leading the company’s commercial solar division, overseeing human resources, and directing company regulatory matters and associated media relations. From 2010 to 2014, Colin served as RevoluSun’s General Counsel, where he helped steer the company through a rapidly changing policy landscape and exponential growth to serve over 8,000 customers statewide.
Prior to joining RevoluSun, Colin was a founding partner of the law firm of Cruise & Yost, where he represented clients in the areas of energy and environmental law, civil litigation, business law, consumer law, civil rights, Native Hawaiian rights, real estate matters and administrative proceedings before the Hawaii Public Utility Commission and other administrative agencies.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Colin began his law career in 1998 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, where he led the State of Oregon’s investigation and prosecution of western energy companies, including Enron, Duke Energy and the Williams Energy Companies for matters relating to the west coast electricity crisis of 2000-2001, and secured settlement agreements worth $32 million to the State of Oregon.
Colin received national recognition from the National Association of Public Interest Law for his work with the Cultural & Natural Heritage Project to preserve Native American sacred sites in Oregon and Arizona, and also litigated to protect campaign finance reform initiatives with the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2011, Colin was selected for the prestigious Pacific Century Fellows Program, which is dedicated to promoting leadership and community service in Hawaii. He is also Chapter Chair of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club of Hawaii, is a board member of the Blue Planet Foundation and the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, and is a member of the 2016 Twenty for the Next 20 cohort.
Colin graduated with a B.A. / double-major in English and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he received his J.D.