SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, has named three solar industry veterans, Terry Jester, Ed Smeloff and James Torpey, to its management team.
Jester joins SunPower with more than 27 years of experience in the solar industry. She will lead the team managing SunPower's recently awarded U.S. Department of Energy Solar America Initiative contract, coordinating project execution, scheduling and reporting. Previously, she was senior director of engineering and operations at SolarWorld, where she oversaw factory production and manufacturing.
Smeloff joins SunPower as senior manager of utility project sales, and is responsible for developing large solar projects for electric utilities for SunPower's North American Systems division. His expertise includes more than 20 years in solar and energy efficiency project development, energy policy, and strategic planning and program management, and he was assistant general manager for power policy, planning and resource development at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Torpey joins SunPower as its newly appointed director of market development. His two decades of power industry expertise include extensive experience in solar and renewable energy certificate markets. In his market development role, Torpey will be responsible for working with public policy officials to grow solar markets in the eastern U.S. In addition, he will have responsibility for Sunpower's solar certificate trading activity in the same region.
SunPower is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif.