Several solar players, including Sunrun and First Solar, have announced new leadership changes at their companies.
Residential solar provider Sunrun has named Anne Hoskins its chief policy officer. Hoskins served on the Maryland Public Service Commission from September 2013 through July 2016. Sunrun says that during her service, she adjudicated major merger and rate cases, service quality and consumer protection proceedings, and participated in rulemakings involving community solar, grid reliability and competitive retail supply. She also served as a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) board of directors, as chair of the NARUC International Relations Committee and as a board member of the Organization of PJM States.
Meanwhile, vertically integrated solar company First Solar has announced that following the firm’s successful leadership transition, the First Solar board of directors and James A. Hughes have mutually agreed Hughes will no longer serve in an advisory capacity to the company and will step down from the board. As previously announced in April, Mark R. Widmar was appointed CEO, effective July 1.
“With Mark successfully assuming the role of chief executive officer and the management team continuing to execute our strategic growth plans, the board and Jim mutually agreed that now is an opportune time for this transition,” explained Michael J. Ahearn, First Solar’s chairman of the board. With this change, First Solar’s board now consists of 11 members, nine of whom are independent directors.
Sunworks Inc., a provider of solar power solutions for commercial and residential markets, has appointed Paul C. McDonnel chief financial officer of the company, reporting directly to CEO Jim Nelson. McDonnel succeeds Tracy Welch, who announced his resignation on Sept. 2.
The company says McDonnel, a seasoned financial and executive leader, brings more than 30 years of experience to Sunworks, including an extensive background with public company finance and accounting, executive suite-level operations management, acquisitions and sales.
China-based GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd (GCL-SI) has appointed Jeffrey Barnett president of GCL-SI Americas. Based in the U.S., Barnett will lead the company’s solar module and balance-of-system business in North and South America.
Barnett joins the company from Yingli Green Energy Americas, where he served as managing director and was responsible for the company’s sales and operations within the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.
Shu Hua, president of GCL-SI, said, “GCL-SI is rapidly expanding its presence overseas in the Americas, Japan, India, Australia and Africa. To establish GCL-SI as a leader in these markets, we are building strong local teams, growing business networks, and pursuing strategic acquisitions. With these goals in mind, Jeff’s deep industry experience will be a valuable asset as we accelerate business development across the Americas region.”