Two Renewable Energy Veterans Join SoloPower


SoloPower, a San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and modules, has appointed Paolo Pietrogrande to its board of directors and Bart Van Ouytsel to lead sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Pietrogrande was approved on June 13, and Van Ouytsel started his new role on June 1.

Both Pietrogrande and Van Ouytsel are veterans of the solar and renewable energy industries. Pietrogrande is chairman of developer Element Power Solar. He has 31 years of experience in alternative energy and corporate management, is a founding partner of Netplan Management Consulting, and has held leadership and executive positions at companies such as Enel, Gamesa Solar, General Electric, Bain and KTI.

Van Ouytsel most recently served as vice president of European sales and marketing for EMEA at Solar Integrated, an Energy Conversion Devices company. Over a seven-year period, Van Ouytsel had profit-and-loss and sales responsibility for $40 million in annual revenue.

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