Energy Jobs: SunEdison, NEXTracker, View, CleanCapital, Southern Company, WEF

Energy Jobs: SunEdison, NEXTracker, View, CleanCapital, Southern Company, WEF

SunEdison named Claire Gogel, formerly of David Einhorn’s hedge fund Greenlight Capital, to its board of directors. Greenlight Capital has a 6.8 percent stake in the troubled solar and wind developer.

Kevin Johnson is co-founder and CCO at CleanCapital, a company that allows “investors — including institutional investors, family offices, and funds — to easily invest in secure and diversified clean energy projects, and simultaneously provide sponsors an easy way to exit clean energy assets.” Johnson was previously managing director for the federal and microgrid business development group at Canadian Solar.            

Sandor Nagy joined NEXTracker as senior VP of global supply chain. Nagy was most recently COO at CTB/McGraw-Hill, managing operations, quality, technology and customer delivery. 

Southern Company’s Joseph A. “Buzz” Miller, executive VP of nuclear development for Georgia Power and president of nuclear development for Southern Nuclear, has been elected president and CEO of Southern Power. Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear “are further aligning the Vogtle 3 & 4 organization to best achieve upcoming project milestones.”  

Cheryl Martin is joining the World Economic Forum as the Head of Centre for Global Industries. Martin recently led part of New York state’s comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. Before that, she served as acting director of the DOE’s ARPA-E program while also serving as the agency’s deputy director for commercialization.  

As GTM reported, Laney Brown left Iberdrola (now Avangrid) and her role as director of smart grid planning and programs to join a small consulting practice based in Portland, Maine, Modern Grid Partners. Brown was involved in several REV demo projects for New York utilities. 

John DeBoever was promoted to VP of eastern sales at flow battery vendor UniEnergy Technologies.  

Justin Baca was promoted to VP of markets and research at SEIA.  

Peter De Mare, previously with U.S. Green Building Council and New Resource Bank, is now director of business development at electrochromic glass company View.   

Matthew Koenig, formerly of Princeton Power, is now sales manager with Lockheed Martin’s energy storage group.  

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Alexander Taussig, previously with Highland Capital Partners, has joined Lightspeed Venture Partners as a partner.  

Christina Lee of Kleiner Perkins wrote about lessons from Bill Campbell, Silicon Valley’s secret CEO coach.

From last week’s column:

Sunrun, a residential solar financier and installer, appointed Katherine August-deWilde to the company’s board of directors. August-deWilde is the current vice chair and former president of First Republic Bank. She is also on the board of TriNet and Equilar.

SolarCity promoted Radford Small to executive VP of global capital markets. Radford launched the firm’s $200 million MyPower securitization and the recent $160 million term facility with BofA Merrill Lynch, Key Bank and Silicon Valley Bank.

Ratson Morad is now COO at Sunpreme. Most recently Morad was COO and VP R&D at Cogenra Solar, which was acquired by SunPower last year. Morad has also served as COO at DayStar Technologies and VP of engineering and technology at Solyndra.     


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Energy Jobs: SunEdison, NEXTracker, View, CleanCapital, Southern Company, WEF

Energy Jobs: The Exodus at NRG Continues, Plus News From Stem, National Grid, Solaria, DOE

Energy Jobs: The Exodus at NRG Continues, Plus News From Stem, National Grid, Solaria, DOE

GTM has been following the employee exodus at NRG, since NRG’s newly formed GreenCo (which includes NRG Home Solar and NRG Renew, as well as EVgo, the company’s electric-vehicle infrastructure business, and Goal Zero, a portable solar charger firm) could be moving toward the chopping block.

Last month, GTM covered the resignation of NRG Energy CEO David Crane from a post he’d held since 2003. Also resigning from NRG recently was Robyn Beavers, the “founder and leader of the newly formed Station A Group, a microgrid skunk works within the power company.”

GTM has now learned that Tom Doyle, the CEO of NRG Renew, has left the firm. NRG has confirmed.

Recently, GTM reported that Steve McBee, CEO at NRG Home for a little more than a year, will be leaving NRG as well. McBee is the founder and CEO of McBee Strategic, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and advisory firm that has served a number of energy clients. He intends to remain in the energy field.

There are more names to add to the list. According to Power Finance & Risk, Denise Wilson, the executive VP and president of Alternative Energy Services, has left the firm. In 2014, Wilson told GTM, “NRG has decided to be a leader in residential solar.” John Ragan, EVP and president of the Gulf Coast region, has also left the firm, according to reports.

There are some more departures in the works. We’ll keep you posted.

Stem hired Larsh Johnson as CTO of the fast-growing behind-the-meter energy storage startup. Johnson was previously CTO and co-founder of eMeter, a VC-funded smart meter data management firm acquired by Siemens in 2012. Johnson will lead the hardware and software teams at Stem.

Siluria Technologies, looking to convert natural gas to ethylene and from there to fuel, promoted Erik Scher, currently executive VP and co-founder, to the role of interim CEO, replacing Ed Dineen. 

Solaria, a VC-funded solar module technology startup, added Scott Hoover as VP of sales for building-integrated PV products for North America. Hoover has worked at building firms AGC and Pilkington and was most recently director of sales at defunct BIPV firm Pythagoras Solar.

Mathew Sachs, previously VP of originations at K Road DG, has joined National Grid as VP of distributed energy development.

Johanna (Wendlandt) Wolfson is now director of technology-to-market at the U.S. Department of Energy. Wolfson was previously TechBridge program lead at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.

Jake Carney is now a managing partner at solar project developer 38 Degrees North. He was most recently director of project finance at SunEdison.

Maya Biery, formerly an associate in government affairs at SunEdison, is now renewable energy strategy analyst at PG&E.

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The next West Texas energy boom? As we just reported, the U.S. solar industry provides more jobs than the oil and gas extraction industry. The Solar Foundation’s annual Solar Jobs Census Report showed approximately 20 percent growth in solar employment across the U.S. in 2015. Recurrent Energy (a sponsor of the report) provides a video showing the impact of a 157.5-megawatt Roserock solar project on a small West Texas town’s employment landscape.       

Tesla Motors has grown from 900 employees in 2010 to 14,000 employees today.

From last week’s column:

Larry Weis, former head of Austin Energy, will become the new CEO of Seattle City Light, one of the largest publicly-owned utilities in the U.S., on February 1. The role has a base salary of $340,000 a year, making Weis the highest-paid city employee, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

SunPower named Eduardo Medina as executive VP of power plants. Medina, based in SunPower’s Lyon, France office, most recently served as executive managing director and head of business development for Acciona Energia, a Spanish-based developer of infrastructure, energy, water and sustainable services.


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Energy Jobs: The Exodus at NRG Continues, Plus News From Stem, National Grid, Solaria, DOE

Energy Jobs: CEO Out at NRG Home, Plus News From Seattle City Light, National Grid and SunPower

Energy Jobs: CEO Out at NRG Home, Plus News From Seattle City Light, National Grid and SunPower

GTM has learned that Steve McBee, CEO at NRG Home for a little more than a year, will be leaving the firm. McBee is the founder and CEO of McBee Strategic, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and advisory firm that has served a number of energy clients. He intends to remain in the energy field.

Last month, GTM covered the resignation of NRG Energy CEO David Crane from a post he’s held since 2003. Also resigning from NRG last month was Robyn Beavers, the “founder and leader of the newly formed Station A Group, a microgrid skunk works within the power company.”

Larry Weis, former head of Austin Energy, will become the new CEO of Seattle City Light, one of the largest publicly-owned utilities in the U.S., on February 1. The role has a base salary of $340,000 a year, making Weis the highest-paid city employee, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

SunPower named Eduardo Medina as executive VP of power plants. Medina, based in SunPower’s Lyon, France office, most recently served as executive managing director and head of business development for Acciona Energia, a Spanish-based developer of infrastructure, energy, water and sustainable services.

Daniel Hullah is now director of ventures at National Grid. Hullah was a partner at RockPort Capital and prior to National Grid, was VP and interim CFO at Solar Universe/Repower.

Rob Scheuermann has replaced Pete Kadens as president of commercial developer SoCore Energy. In 2013, SoCore Energy was acquired by Edison International.    

Sam Cowley has left a director of product management position at solar startup Solexel to join Google as technical program manager and “bring prototypes to production.” Previously, Cowley was at Alta Devices.

Jennifer Torres was promoted to talent management director at the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Bioscience firm Amyris named Margaret (“Margo”) Georgiadis, who is president, Americas at Google, to the company’s board. Amyris aims to use yeast to convert plant sugars into renewable hydrocarbons. The company’s stock is trading at historic lows.

From last week’s column:

In 2013, we covered the bankruptcy of VC-backed EV maker Coda Energy and the plans of its new multibillion-dollar investment firm owner Fortress Investment Group, which sought to resurrect Coda as a grid battery systems provider. Despite some success in the behind-the-meter commercial and industrial energy storage market (and unfortunately coinciding with the holidays), Coda has entered Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors, according to its CEO, Paul Detering.

“Sadly, effective December 18th, CODA Energy has transferred its business operations to an assignee and placed the company into a General Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (an “ABC”). The CODA Energy team achieved much in its short history and established a top three position in the California C&I behind-the-meter energy storage market. Unfortunately, CODA Energy was unable to secure further funding for its 2016 operations. Through the ABC Process, the assignee will seek to sell the assets and the ongoing operations of CODA Energy in an effort to assure a smooth transition for CODA Energy’s customers, employees and partners.”

Coda Energy had about 60 employees before a round of layoffs last month and had installed a fleet of approximately 60 commercial energy storage systems under California’s SGIP initiative. “Coda has a fully equipped battery system manufacturing and integration facility in Monrovia, Calif., which among other assets will be marketed through the ABC process to interested parties,” according to a release. Contact info@codaenergy.com “if you have a need for great talent or need more information.” 

GTM Research senior storage analyst Ravi Manghani notes, “Coda Energy couldn’t secure financing to scale up and compete with the likes of Tesla, Stem and Green Charge Networks. Something not well understood in the industry is that the cost to acquire C&I customers is high, with sales cycles lasting a year or longer. So it is challenging to grow a pipeline without access to financing, when existing projects under development are not bringing in revenue.”

Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s former CTO, is now U.S. CEO of NextEV, a Chinese startup aiming to compete with Tesla. Warrior has never held a job with a VC-funded startup or in the auto industry.


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Energy Jobs: CEO Out at NRG Home, Plus News From Seattle City Light, National Grid and SunPower