Mosaic, a residential solar financing platform, announced that Robert Kelly, former SolarCity CFO, is joining the privately held firm as a member of the company's board of directors. Prior to SolarCity, Kelly was CFO of Calera, a startup seeking to convert waste CO2 into useful materials. Mosaic also announced that Olaf Janke is joining the company as CFO. Previously, Janke was CFO at Aequitas Capital Management.
Richard Stuebi, formerly managing director of Early Stage Partners, is joining National Grid as VP of U.S. strategy and group technology. Stuebi writes, "With a market capitalization of about $50 billion and annual revenues of over $20 billion, National Grid is one of the world’s largest electric and gas utilities. Based in the United Kingdom, National Grid operates the high-voltage power transmission system and the natural gas transportation pipeline network in England and Wales In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity and natural gas in the Northeast, with service territory covering much of the area between Boston, Brooklyn and Buffalo." He adds, "I will be investigating and pursuing a wide range of interesting opportunities -- such as “big data,” advanced grid concepts, on-site power generation and energystorage in addition to conventional growth avenues."
EnerNOC, a provider of "cloud-based energy intelligence software," appointed Eric Erston as VP of global sales. Prior to joining EnerNOC, Erston served in a variety of sales roles at RSA, the security division of EMC.
Greg Saunders, president and CFO of PACE financing developer Clean Fund, was promoted to CEO. Prior to joining Clean Fund, Saunders was EVP/CFO at Project Frog, a builder of modular buildings, and Tioga Energy, a commercial solar developer.
ReNew Power Ventures, an Indian independent power producer which claims to have close to 600 megawatts of installed clean power capacity, named Ajay K. Goel as president of solar and chief new businesses. Goel has work experience at SunEdison, BrightSource Energy, and McKinsey.
Locus Energy, a performance monitoring and data analytics platform for the solar PV market, added Jyoti Jain, formerly with eMeter, as director of software product management. Locus has 1 gigawatt of solar performance monitoring capacity in the U.S.
Capital Dynamics, a global private asset manager, announced that managing director John Breckenridge will be the global leader of the firm's clean energy and infrastructure investment business. Prior to joining Capital Dynamics, Breckenridge was a managing partner at Bregal Energy. Capital Dynamics currently has $19 billion in assets under management.
On the VC front: Melissa Taunton has joined New Enterprise Associates as a partner focused on talent. She previously was with Khosla Ventures. Ilya Fushman, formerly of head of product at Dropbox, a principal at Khosla Ventures, and a solar engineer a long time ago, has joined Index Ventures as a general partner. Ev Williams’ Obvious Ventures just closed a $123,456,789 round and led a $3.7 million in energy-smart marketplace provider Enervee's series A funding round. According to a release, "Enervee is the world’s first energy-smart data and commerce platform that connects utilities, retailers, manufacturers and governments through integrated product rankings and recommendations."
From last week's column:
Varentec, a Khosla Ventures- and Bill Gates-funded startup focused on distribution power grid control and management, named Mehrdod Mohseni as CCO. Mohseni was previously CEO of Utility Integration Solutions (UISOL).
Sungevity named Jan Slaghekke as chief global officer, a role responsible for managing the online solar sales company's expansion in markets outside the U.S., including its partnership with E.ON and entrance into the German market. Prior to joining Sungevity, Slaghekke held executive roles around the globe with BP.