SolarBridge Names New President/CEO as Company Enters New Phase of Growth
Austin, Texas (June 21, 2013) SolarBridge Technologies (SolarBridge), a leading provider of PV microinverter solutions, has appointed Bill Mulligan as president and chief executive officer. Ron Van Dell, former president/CEO, will continue to serve the company as an advisor.
Mulligan, a former senior executive with SunPower, brings 25 years of solar industry experience to the leadership of SolarBridge including deep relationships with the company’s primary stakeholders, module manufacturers and solar developers. He will be instrumental in driving the company’s continuing rapid growth and expansion in the marketplace for solar power electronics.
“SolarBridge has established itself as the industry’s choice for panel-integrated microinverters because of our reliability, scalability and robust power output,” Mulligan said. “As we enter this next phase of rapid growth I am personally looking forward to working with an extremely capable team to execute on a strategy that emphasizes high-quality products for the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers.”
“To truly scale the solar industry, innovative solutions are needed that enable significant reductions to balance-of-systems and soft costs, while ensuring quality and reliability,” said Jason Schoettler, SolarBridge board member and managing director of Shea Ventures, the venture firm affiliated with Shea Homes, the nation’s largest private homebuilder. “SolarBridge’s AC Module solutions are unlocking the massive potential of distributed PV generation, and we are extremely bullish on the company’s next phase of growth.”
Mulligan has served as a member of the SolarBridge board of directors since 2011. He was vice president of research and development for SunPower from 1998 until 2010, during which time SunPower grew annual revenues from $8 million to more than $2.2 billion. He led the development of SunPower’s low-cost, one-sun silicon PV cell technology and under his leadership SunPower developed and commercialized the world’s highest efficiency solar panel. Prior to SunPower Mulligan held roles at JX Crystals Inc., National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), AstroPower Inc. and Fairchild/National Semiconductor.
About SolarBridge Technologies
SolarBridge Technologies, a leader in integrated microinverter technologies for the solar industry, is accelerating the adoption of rooftop solar energy in residential and commercial applications. SolarBridge’s patented Pantheon microinverter mounts directly onto solar panels, greatly increasing system efficiency and reliability, while reducing the cost of solar installation and maintenance. The Pantheon microinverter is designed to match the lifetime of solar panels, enabling manufacturers to provide a 25-year warranty on their AC modules. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.solarbridgetech.com.
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