Helena Kimball was promoted to CEO at VC-funded solar-rack-and-foundation startup Ojjo after serving seven months as chief business development officer. Kimball was at 8minute Solar Energy before Ojjo, and succeeds co-founder Jack West — who stays as CTO, along co-founder and COO Daniel Flanigan. Ojjo claims to provide “a new way to approach solar foundation design” with a truss system aiming for a 50% reduction in steel along with less drilling depth. Cthulhu is funding the effort in the form of venture capitalists from Marin. Here’s a video of Ojjo’s system. Here’s the Ojjo team.
Michael Belikoff is now COO at sPower. He recently served as EVP of EPC and O&M at Cypress Creek Renewables, and before that, as COO at Strata Solar.
Joshua Rogol was promoted to chief development officer at North Carolina-based Strata Solar. Strata is about to begin construction on Ventura Energy Storage, a 100-MW battery storage system using Tesla-supplied equipment near Oxnard, California.
Key Capture Energy, a developer of stand-alone energy storage projects added three employees: Ken Rush as director of technology — prior to joining KCE, Rush was the chief engineer for GE’s Energy Storage group where he designed and built more than 200 MWh of storage facilities; Emma Johnson as manager of market analysis — Johnson was previously an associate trader with Citigroup Energy’s Global Commodities group, where she specialized in nodal financial transmission rights in PJM and MISO; and Andrew Gelston as manager of market strategy — Gelston joins KCE from NextEra Energy, where he was responsible for the early stage evaluation of storage-plus-wind and solar in utility-scale proposals.
Trudie Wang is now product strategy lead at Heila Technologies, an MIT-spawned startup in Greentown Labs dedicated to easing the integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids. Wang was previously with Geli.
Danny Kennedy is co-founder and board member at Third Derivative, “a capital and corporate-integrated accelerator, built to radically change the rate of change (aka, the third derivative) of climate innovation.” It’s a joint venture of Rocky Mountain Institute and New Energy Nexus. Kennedy founded Sungevity.
Brian Barker was promoted to VP and general manager at Borrego Solar’s utility-scale division. Borrego is an end-to-end solar and energy storage provider performing EPC and O&M — and the company is hiring.
Devla Singh was promoted to program and project supervisor at the California Public Utilities Commission.