Jessica Super was promoted to president of ReneSola America, a manufacturer of solar and lighting products. Prior to joining ReneSola America as director of sales in 2013, Super was Southwest regional sales manager at Canadian Solar. Super is focused on ReneSola's recently launched LED lighting business in the U.S. According to a release, ReneSola America has been doubling its electrical distributor customer base every month under Super's leadership.
Mike Fister is now CEO of microinverter firm Sparq Systems. Prior to Sparq, Fister was CEO of now-bankrupt microinverter startup Enecsys.
Dave P. Buemi, formerly VP of business development at Gehrlicher Solar Americas Corp./M+W Group, is now VP of business development at Empower Energies. Empower is focused on enterprise energy management, commercial-scale renewable energy, and clean transport infrastructure for GM and other customers.
Icontrol Networks, developer of an interactive security and home automation platform, promoted Letha McLaren to CMO and Corey Gates to CTO. Icontrol "manages more than 26 million sensors and devices as the software behind" service providers and security dealers.
Chase Weir is now co-chairman at beEdison, a "truSolar-powered SaaS platform serving renewable energy asset buyers and sellers with risk and credit scoring, financial analysis, deal-room and investment decision-making tools in the cloud." Weir is CEO and co-chairman of Distributed Sun, a commercial solar project developer.
Mosaic, a solar financing platform, named Ted Fawcett as VP of sales to lead its residential solar finance sales division. Fawcett previously led sales and strategy for Admirals Bank's solar loan product.
According to Bloomberg, "The head of Goldman Sachs’ venture capital and clean-technology teams, Stuart Bernstein, plans to retire from the firm. Bernstein founded the Clean Technology and Renewables Group in 2010 and also took on leadership of the venture capital coverage team." Bernstein’s VC role will be filled by Ken Hirsch, global head of investment banking services for the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications group."
Array Technologies (ATI), a builder of solar tracking systems, named Michael Orshan as its new director of sales. Prior to ATI, Orshan was solar sales director for electronics company P4Q.
Robert Rogan was promoted to director of business development at SunPower.
James Bickford, formerly with Tigo Energy, is now director of channels at Sunverge Energy.
Kady Cooper, formerly with Vivint Solar, is now director of communications at SolarCity.
Enphase hired Jaspreet Singh as product manager. Singh was previously from the utility-scale side of ABB's inverter business.
Cathy Zoi was named CEO for SunEdison's rural electric utility company. SunEdison "plans to profitably electrify 20 million new or underserved electric customers by 2020." CEO Ahmad Chatila said he saw the rural off-grid market as "hundreds of gigawatts," during a recent interview at GTM's Solar Summit. Zoi said, "We intend to create the world's first private electric utility, with a global footprint, to address this underserved market profitably." Zoi was a partner at Silver Lake Kraftwerk and briefly the CSO at C3. She also served as Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy earlier in the Obama administration.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority hired Cheryl Martin, former acting director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program and deputy director for commercialization. As part of New York's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy, Martin will assist private technology firms and investor-owned utilities to develop new businesses and form partnerships. Martin was an EIR with KPCB and spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas.