Raffi Garabedian, co-CTO of First Solar will be retiring from his position, effective March 31, 2021. Co-CTO Markus Gloeckler will assume the full CTO role at the thin-film solar panel pioneer. The company has had two co-chief technology officers since October. First Solar has recently posted a strong Q3, reinstated its Q4 guidance, sold off its O&M business to NovaSource, and made the decision to pursue the distributed generation market.
Nicole Sitaraman, previously with Sunrun, is now VP of strategic engagement at Sustainable Capital Advisors, a strategy consulting and financial advisory firm serving the sustainable infrastructure industry.
Tiago Sabino Dias will lead Arevon Energy Management (AEM) as CEO. AEM has a partnership with Capital Dynamics’ Clean Energy and Infrastructure (CEI) platform — for the origination of renewable-based structured energy contracts. Most recently, Dias has been leading CEI’s efforts in the Midwest with Tenaska Power.
Voltus, a distributed energy resources (DER) platform, added Philip Deutch, co-founder of NGP Energy Technology Partners, and Laurie Harrison, chief legal officer at AgileThought, to its board of directors. Voltus closed a $25 million Series B in October. In January, Voltus won the right to deliver nearly 50 MW of new DER to the California ISO under its demand response auction mechanism in the PG&E and SCE regions, making Voltus the largest winner in the auction.
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Blue Horizon Energy, a Minnesota-based solar project developer, hired Marilyn Hardy as VP of business development. Most recently Hardy served as director of finance for Berkshire Hathaway BNSF Railway.
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