David Crane joins Vote Solar board

It may seem a long way from being the CEO of one of the largest operators of fossil fuel generation in the United States to being part of a national solar advocacy organization, but one man has made that journey.

David Crane made waves as the head of NRG Energy by moving away from conventional energy and embracing renewables, including distributed generation through NRG’s Home Solar division. He also established ambitious carbon reduction goals for the company, which owns 47 GW of fossil fuel assets.

However, the pace at which he was transforming NRG proved too much for investors, which resulted in Crane’s resignation in December of 2015.

Since leaving NRG Crane has been even more outspoken about the inevitability of the shift to renewable energy, and has gone to work for private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors, which focuses on sustainable investing.

Yesterday Crane made a further commitment to renewable energy by joining the board of Vote Solar, a leading player in state-level solar policy advocacy in a number of regions.

“David brings to Vote Solar’s board unparalleled experience with both the challenges and the opportunities of building a clean energy economy,” said fellow Vote Solar Board Member Kate Gordon.

“His deep familiarity with the business side of solar, including key barriers to solar growth, will add tremendous value to an organization committed to removing those barriers. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the board.”

Crane joins Kate Gordon, Sungevity Founder Danny Kennedy, former Arizona Corporation Commission Member Kris Mayes, Sheridan Pauker and Sanjay Wagle on the Vote Solar board.