Many thanks to Band member Jennifer McFarlane, who has arranged for Dan Shugar, Founder and CEO of NEXTracker, to be our speaker at the June 6 Energy SIG meeting, 11:30 to 1:30, at Larry Kelly's office (1060 La Avenida, Mountain View).
Dan's background: As founder and CEO, Dan Shugar helped build NEXTracker into one of the fastest growing cleantech companies in the U.S. Before he started NEXTracker, Dan served as CEO for the innovative cell manufacturer Solaria Corp. Decades ago, Shugar played a leading role in commercializing the first utility-scale solar trackers while working at APS & NWP Corp. He later served as president of PowerLight Corp., which was acquired by SunPower in 2006. Shugar oversaw revenue growth at PowerLight and SunPower from less than $1 million to more than $830 million and was responsible for the completion of more than 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. He has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published more than 50 technical papers.
Dan currently serves on multiple boards of directors including the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), and the Solar Foundation.
For six years he served as a Board Member of the Sierra Club. Dan earned a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Dan's Topic: Among other things, Dan will share his thoughts on where the solar industry is headed, important trends, emerging growth areas, the future of the grid, and other relevant issues.