Real Goods Solar, a solar installer and integrator, is beefing up its Orange, California operations and looking to double the size of its team to 40 by the end of this calendar year. “We’re here and we’re hiring,” said Orange County-Los Angeles Regional Sales Manager Brian Walrod. Real Goods Solar is one of the larger residential solar installers in the U.S.   

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has added John Shi as a venture partner tasked with growing Kleiner's U.S. and European greentech portfolio firm's operations in China, according to VentureWire.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) elected Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy, as Chairman, and Patricia Nugent, Director of Policy and Business Development for Dow Solar, as Vice-Chairwoman.

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE), an applied contract R&D center, hired concentration photovoltaics (CPV) veteran Geoffrey S. Kinsey, Ph.D. as the Director of its Photovoltaic Technologies Group. Dr. Kinsey was previously Senior Director of Research and Development at Amonix.

OneRoof Energy, a solar finance provider, named Dale A. Vander Woude as executive VP of corporate strategy. Vander Woude was a director in capital markets origination for Citigroup Global Markets since 1996.

Codexis (NASDAQ:CDXS), a developer of industrial enzymes for production of biofuels, bio-based chemicals and pharmaceuticals, appointed John J. Nicols as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Nicols was most recently Senior VP, Strategic Development and Catalysts, at Albemarle (NYSE: ALB), a specialty chemicals firm.  
SAGE Electrochromics hired a new vice president/general manager to manage its operations in China. Catherine Zhou comes to SAGE from Solatube CECEP Daylight Technology where she was GM, sales and marketing based in Suzhou, China.

Utilidata appointed Richard J. Creegan as President and Chief Operating Officer. Creegan joins Utilidata from Itron, where he was Senior Director, Global Smart Grid Solutions, and Managing Director, U.K. Utilidata builds automated energy conservation and management technology products for electric utilities and industrial electric customers.

Lincoln Renewable Energy, a developer of U.S. solar and wind projects, appointed Dan Foley as chief operating officer.