The Movers and Shakers of Cleantech in July

Movers and Shakers of Cleantech

We try to keep you up to date on the latest in the Sector.  Here is the list of the latest “movers” in the industry:

  • Dr. Charlie Gay, the former Director of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and president/CEO of Siemens Solar Industries, a leading photovoltaic manufacturer, has joined the science advisory board of Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; NTCXF.PK).

Charlie has 41 years of professional management, manufacturing and advanced technology experience in renewable energy and photovoltaics. As creator of the Greenstar Foundation, he has also worked to apply energy, water and information technology to improve people’s lives in developing regions around the world.

Dr. Gay has been president and chief operating officer of ASE Americas; chairman of the technical advisory board at SunPower Corporation; president of Applied Solar and chairman of the Applied Solar Council at Applied Materials, Inc.; and president of ARCO Solar.

  • Daqo New Energy Corp. , a polysilicon manufacturer based in China, announced the appointment of Mr. Ming Yang as Chief Financial Officer, effectiveJuly 6, 2015. In addition, Ms. Tracy Tianqun Zhou, currently Chief Marketing Officer, is leaving the Company to pursue personal endeavors, effective June 30, 2015. Succeeding Tracy Zhou as Chief Marketing Officer is Mr. Shihua Su, who is currently the acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company and will continue serving in such role until Mr. Ming Yang’s appointment.


  • The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announcedthat Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.”As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organization would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that we would lead, the scale of the innovation we would spark or the number of lives we would touch,” Fedrizzi said. “It’s been a humbling and gratifying experience.”


  • Micro Devices, Inc.announced that William “Bill” J. Pratt, former Founder, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of RF Micro Devices named as Chairman to Koolbridge Solar Board of Advisors.

Mr. Pratt founded RF Micro Devices in Greensboro, NC in 1991. The Company designs and manufactures high-performance radio frequency systems and solutions for applications that drive wireless and broadband communications. RFMD traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol RFMD. RF Micro has 3500 employees, 1500 of them in Guilford County, North Carolina. The company announced in February, 2014 that it would merge with TriQuint Semiconductor. On January 2nd, 2015, RFMD and Triquint jointly announced that they had completed their merger of equals to form Qorvo, a company with a recent Market Cap greater than $11B.

Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.

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