Zero Motorcycles, a Santa Cruz-based electric motorcycle maker, hired Richard Walker as its new CEO. Walker was most recently EVP at home automation firm Control4.

 
Clean Power Finance hired Paul Joyce to head up its new Capital & Trading practice. Joyce was with the Chicago Board of Trade for ten years, then at the San Francisco Department of Environment and, most recently, led REC trading at the 3Degrees Group.


Alex Kinnier, formerly a partner at VC firms NEA and Khosla Ventures, is joining Opower as SVP of Devices and Real-Time Services. 

 

Real Goods Solar (Nasdaq:RSOL) named Kam Mofid as CEO, replacing Bill Yearsley. Mofid was most recently a GM at SunEdison. Erin Clark also joined Real Goods as its new VP and general manager.  

 

New report: Smart Grid Hiring Trends 2012 Study from Zpryme and SmartGridCareers.com.

 

Recyclebank has run into some financing trouble along with some layoffs this week, according to sources. The firm will undergo an "aggressive realignment." This comes a few weeks after investor Trae Vassallo of Kleiner Perkins listed Recyclebank as a leading greentech contender. When asked about the layoffs, Recyclebank PR person Jeff Harse said [Shield your eyes now--Ed.],"I cannot go into detail on that, but what I can tell you is that our renewed focus will only enhance our ability to grow and build on our foundation. This restructuring is an effort to focus our business on the core areas that are making the most impact for our members and the communities in which they live."

Recyclebank lets consumers receive coupons and rewards for recycling, energy efficiency, and energy conservation. Vassallo called it a way to "get consumers aligned" with the goal of recycling. The firm claims it has four million members.

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