Jeff Dorety joined Trina Solar, a large, China-based solar panel producer, as president of the Americas region. He was previously VP of sales at JA Solar USA.
Late this summer, John Woolard, the former CEO of BrightSource Energy, joined Google as VP of Energy. Woolard led the development, fundraising and construction for the $2.2 billion, 392-megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal power plant, a first-of-its-scale power tower project. Google has been a long-time investor in BrightSource's Mojave Desert concentrated solar project.
We recently reported that Ben Macias, former VP of global sales at Shoals Technologies Group, joined SolarBOS as VP of business development. SolarBOS focuses on combiner boxes and other hardware for solar installations. This week, we note that Shoals had motions denied in a Tennessee court for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction to prevent Macias from joining SolarBOS.
Intermolecular, an R&D accelerator in the semiconductor, solar and LED lighting industry, named Bruce McWilliams as CEO. McWilliams has been an Intermolecular board member since 2005 and chairman since June of this year. He most recently served as the CEO of SuVolta. Founder David Lazovsky resigned as CEO and from the board "to pursue other interests."
Dividend Solar, a solar loan financier, added Christopher Doyle as Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, Doyle was a program director at the Institute for Building Technology and Safety, where he developed a solar PV quality assurance program.
Peter Noland joined Nexant as VP of business development for Nexant's Utility Services business. Most recently, Noland was a senior director at CLEAResult. Nexant is a software and services firm that helps utilities build smart grid and demand management projects.
Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, announced that he was stepping down from his position at the end of the year. His resignation comes amidst an investigation into an overly cozy, cash-rich and influence-filled relationship between regulators and utility executives at Pacific Gas and Electric. The website SFGate quoted Tom Long, a lawyer with The Utility Reform Network, as saying, “This is nothing less than quid pro quo deal-making with ratepayer dollars." He continued, “I honestly have never seen such smoking-gun evidence of corruption at the highest levels of the commission.” A CPUC spokesman "denied that...Peevey had promised anything to PG&E in exchange for regulatory favors," according to the website.
Jason Chow, VP of Hanergy Holding Group, led the acquisitions of Solibro, MiaSolé, Global Solar Energy, Engensa and Alta Devices, according to his LinkedIn profile. He is now Vice Chairman of Alta Devices, a photovoltaic solar firm whose technology is based on gallium arsenide.