The Solar Foundation Announces New Board Director, Dan Shugar

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2016 — The Solar Foundation today announced that Dan Shugar, founder and CEO of NEXTracker, will be joining the organization’s Board of Directors. Mr. Shugar comes to the board as a solar pioneer with experience leading successful, innovative companies in the renewable energy arena.

“I’m excited to be joining the Board of Directors of The Solar Foundation,” Shugar said. “The organization is doing incredibly vital work that helps propel us toward greater solar energy use. The Solar Foundation is playing a critical role in spurring solar awareness and education, developing high-quality research tools that facilitate solar energy development, and strengthening and growing the diverse solar workforce.”

Mr. Shugar has spent over 28 years advancing the solar and renewable energy industry. As the founder and CEO of NEXTracker, a Flex Company, he helped build the company into one of the fastest growing cleantech companies in the United States. He previously served as CEO for the cell manufacturer Solaria Corp. He also served as president of PowerLight Corp., which was acquired by SunPower in 2006, overseeing revenue growth from less than $1 million to more than $830 million.

“Dan Shugar is a solar industry leader who has spent his career developing real-world solutions to global clean energy challenges. I am thrilled that he will be joining the board at The Solar Foundation, where we will benefit from his leadership, his business acumen, and his lifelong passion for making our solar energy future a reality,” said Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation and Chairwoman of the Board of Directors at The Solar Foundation.

“Dan is incredibly business savvy, and he has a magnetic personality and an incomparable passion for solar and clean energy,” said Andrea Luecke, President and Executive Director at The Solar Foundation. “We are fortunate to have Dan join our board to be a force multiplier for the ambitious work we are doing now and into the future.”

Mr. Shugar is joining the board at a time of growth and expansion for The Solar Foundation, a recipient of a total of $15 million in cooperative grants from the U.S. Department of Energy supporting programs including SolSmart, the Solar Training Network, Solar Ready Vets, and CivicPACE. The Solar Foundation is also well known for its annual Solar Jobs Census, the first and most authoritative national benchmark for solar jobs research.

About The Solar Foundation

An independent nonprofit founded in 1977, the purpose of The Solar Foundation is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research and education that transforms markets. While solar energy is a key part of our energy future, The Solar Foundation is committed to excellence in its aim to help people fairly and objectively gauge the value of the technology worldwide.


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